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Classes

The Climbing Wall program offers classes that cover introductory through advanced skills. No matter what your level of skill or experience is, there is an option for you to reach new heights! No experience is required and all equipment is provided. All you have to do is sign up!

Beginner: Try-A-Climb Classes

If you have never climbed before and are interested in trying something new, then coming to the Climbing Wall is the right thing to do! The try-a-climb class offers a free introduction to climbing where participants will learn how to put on a harness and practice climbing. Try-a-climbs classes are offered every hour, on the hour. To guarantee your place, please reserve a time by calling or stopping by the Climbing Wall in advance.

Beginner: Learn To Climb

If you want to learn more than what the Try-a-climb class offers, we offer a Learn To Climb class three times a week. The Learn to Climb class teaches participants the skills required to climb independent of an instructor in a top rope setting. At the end of the course members will have the necessary skills to complete the belay certification. No experience is necessary and the equipment is provided.

What you will learn:

  • To understand the risks and benefits involved in the sport of rock climbing.
  • To identify and properly use basic climbing equipment including a harness, a locking carabiner, a belay device, a ground anchor, etc.
  • Proficiency with tying a figure eight retrace knot.
  • Climbing safety procedures including "buddy checks" and belay commands.
  • The principles of belaying.
  • How climbing routes are graded (to determine the difficulty of a climb)

Schedule of Weekly Classes:

  • Tuesdays: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 4 – 6 p.m. (Not offered during Summer)

Students: $15
Members: $20
Community: $25

If you are interested in scheduling a class that better fits your schedule, please contact Drew Deming at avd34@drexel.edu.

Belay Certification

In order to belay at the Recreation Center, members must first pass a belay test demonstrating competency in applying a harness, tying a figure-eight retrace knot, and belaying. Seasoned climbers may request to be belay certified during open climbing hours. Note: Climbing wall staff may not always be available to belay.

  • Top Rope Belay Certification: A demonstration of belaying competency is required in order to belay. People who do not know how to belay are encouraged to enroll in our Learn to Climb Class or schedule a Private Climbing Class to learn to belay. Certification is free of charge to members.
  • Lead Climbing Belaying Certification: A demonstration of competency is required in order to lead climb and belay. Certification is free of charge to members.

Women Who Rock

Wednesday, November 19th
4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Climbing Wall sponsors the Women Who Rock program, completely free! This program provides free rock climbing instruction for women, the same as you would receive in the "Learn to Climb" class. Women Who Rock encourages women to climb at our facilities and gain awareness of rock climbing. This is offered during the Fall and Spring Terms. Please see climbing wall for specifics dates.

What you will learn:

  • To understand the risks and benefits involved in the sport of rock climbing
  • To identify and properly use basic climbing equipment including a harness, a locking carabiner, a belay device, a ground anchor, etc.
  • Proficiency with tying a figure eight retrace knot
  • Climbing safety procedures including "buddy checks" and belay commands
  • The principles of belaying
  • How climbing routes are graded (to determine the difficulty of a climb)

Intermediate Classes

Intermediate Technique & Movement Course

Two-week course - 1.5 hour class/ One day a week/ 2 weeks - Maximum of 6

Learn to move beyond your limits with this intermediate rock climbing course. Defy gravity focusing on body positioning, conserving strength, and visualizing your sequence to the top. Prerequisite: Belay certification. Equipment is provided.

What you will learn:

  • How to safely spot a climber when bouldering. It's a team sport.
  • Weight shift and resting techniques to conserve strength.
  • Proper footwork including foot matching, smearing and more.
  • Types of hand holds and how to position your body for maximum reach.
  • Visualization of a climbing sequence.
  • Strength training principles to improve power and endurance.

Students: $15
Members: $20
Community: $25


Advanced Classes

Learn the tricks to climbing harder than the average climber, to push top grade, or simply to understand what the pros know. Prerequisite: 1 year climbing experience, Belay certification, and ability to climb V2 comfortably. Equipment is provided.

What you will learn:

  • How to safely spot a climber when bouldering. It's a team sport.
  • Advanced footwork including drop knee, heel hooking, and more.
  • Advanced hand positions.
  • Visualization and working the crux of a climbing sequence.
  • Visualization of a climbing sequence.
  • Strength training principles to improve power and endurance.

Drexel Student: $20
Recreation Center Member: $25
Non-Member: $40

Indoor Lead Climbing Course:

Two-week course – 2 hour class/ One day a week/ 2 weeks - Maximum of 4

Tie into the sharp end and learn to safely and efficiently lead an indoor sport climb. Transition from learning techniques with the safety of a top rope (aka mock leading). Complete a first lead climb.

This course will be taught by an AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) or PCIA (Professional Climbing Instructors' Association) certified climbing instructor. At the end of the course members will have the necessary skills to complete the lead climbing certification at Drexel. Prerequisite: 1 year climbing experience, Belay certification, and ability to climb 5.8 comfortably. Equipment is provided.

Students: $15
Members: $20
Community: $25

What you will learn:

  • How to belay a lead climber with both an ATC and Gri Gri.
  • Techniques for safe clipping.
  • Evaluating fall forces and minimizing risk.
  • Building a 2 bolt sport anchor.
  • Catching a lead fall.

For more information, contact Drew Deming at avd34@drexel.edu or 215-571-3778.