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The Climbing Center offers a variety of courses and verfications to improve your climbing experience.


This 45-minute introductory session is intended for members who want to learn belay techniques, utilize equipment properly, climbing commands, and knots for top rope climbing at the RWC Climbing Center. This workshop will teach members the necessary skills to top rope belay at the climbing wall. 

This workshop is not available to non-members.

Members may sign-up for a class within 30 days prior to the class date, and up to one-hour prior to the class start time. Members should plan to arrive to their class 5-10 minutes early to meet the instructor and get checked in.

Top rope skills verifications are offered during the climbing wall normal hours of operation. Climbers must demonstrate proper knots, belay techniques, proper equipment usage, and climbing commands to be considered tope rope skills verified. Verification can be done 24 hours after taking fundamentals of climbing workshop or if you are knowledgeable climber, you may test out.

Climbers must renew verification every 4-months.

Lead climbing is for members who want to learn belay techniques, proper equipment usage, climbing commands, and knots for lead climbing at our indoor climbing facility. Climbers must comfortably climb a 5.9 prior to taking the course. Climbers must be top rope skills verified prior to enrolling.

This workshop is not available to non-members.

Climbers must demonstrate proper knots, belay techniques, proper use of quick draws, and climbing commands to be considered lead climbing verified. Climbers must be top rope skill verified prior to being considered lead skilled verified. Verification can be done 24 hours after taking the Lead Climbing Workshop. Please visit the Climbing Center to get more information on verification opportunities.

Climbers must renew verification every 4-months.

Contact Danny Provencio for information on setting up a class or verification date at provenciod@umsl.edu

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