REC Climbing Wall Climb On!
The sport of rock climbing is a great alternative to traditional exercise, it develops strength, improves endurance and increases self confidence! Whether you are a beginner or experienced climber, UW-L’s Climbing Wall has something for you! This state of the art facility simulates a variety of rock formations and utilizes hundreds of moveable hand and foot holds to provide participants a fun mental and physical challenge.
The climbing wall is located in the Recreational Eagle Center and all essential climbing gear is available to UW-L
students at no charge (includes: harnesses, belay devices, climbing ropes and shoes).
LEARN TO CLIMB...Become a Rock Star
The REC WALL offers 4 different classes to help
introduce and improve climbing skills for the beginner and
INTRODUCTION TO BELAYING CLASS Students are taught how to put on a harness, tie the
Figure 8 follow through knot and properly perform the PLUS
(Pull, Lock, Under, Slide) belay technique.
On Belay! Belay's On!
What is belaying?
The process of securing and safeguarding a climber by using
a rope and belay device to hold the climber’s weight if he falls. The
ascending climber and the belayer, or the person holding the
rope through a belay device, are a team that is linked
together by the rope. Belaying is an important part of the
climbing chain of safety and one of the most important
skills that any novice climber must master to become a safe
climber. -from About.com
Who should attend: Any person who wants' to belay other
climbers indoors or out
2. FIGHTING GRAVITY CLASS
"Are you looking to jump start you climbing ability? Want to
learn more about rock climbing techniques that will improve
your balance and strength? Then sign up for the Fighting
Gravity Class brought to you by the UW-L Climbing Wall!
This introductory class will teach you the basic climbing
fundamentals from footwork to body positioning, to hand
grip, and balance. This class will help you master all these
techniques on a variety of terrain to be used for both
bouldering and rope climbing. So if you are interested in
becoming a well-rounded climber or seek personal training to
just pull down harder, then this is the class for you!"
Who should attend: beginner climbers and those
starting to really get into the sport
3. FIGHTING ADVANCED GRAVITY
"Alright gym rats, I know you've been looking for a class to
overcome that plateau you been stuck on. This advanced level
rock climbing movement class is for the experienced climber
who wants to see immediate gains in their climbing
performance. This class will focus on advanced level
techniques which will dial in your technique on the rock. So
if you want to have precise footwork, incredible body
position and movements, the ability to onsight more
difficult routes, and learn other advanced techniques like
heel hooking, toe hooking, twist locking, and drop knees,
then enroll in the Fighting Advanced Gravity Class to
receive experienced coaching and motivation to help you
reach your highest climbing potential.
Who should attend: Climbers who can climb V2 / 510 or
Route Setting 101
An Orientation to Route Setting, FREE
Route setting is an art that takes time and experience to
master. This orientation clinic is a mandatory first step
for all students who want to try their hand at setting
routes in the REC Wall. We’ll discuss basic procedures, hold
and bolt selection, taping ect. Then you’ll get a chance to
create your first route and get it evaluated.