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Rock Climbing Wall

The climbing wall is designed to facilitate top-rope and lead-climbing as well as bouldering. Routes are set to challenge the beginner, intermediate, and advanced climber.

Students and SRWC Members have the opportunity to climb the wall twice before certification.  Free certification classes are taught at the SRWC at weekly intervals including every weekday during the first two weeks of the semester.  For more information, including a complete listing of certification class times and date, please contact the SRWC front desk.

Listed below are a few policy highlights, a printable overview of all Rock Climbing Wall policies and procedures can be located on the SRWC Policies page. 

Uncertified Climbers

Climbers must present their current Washburn University ID to the rock climbing wall monitor. Individuals may climb or boulder during two rock wall sessions prior to certification. During these two sessions all tie-ins, knots, and equipment checks will be made by rock wall monitors. Uncertified participants are not allowed to belay climbers, regardless of prior experience.

Certified Climbers

Climbers must present their current Washburn University ID to the rock climbing wall monitor. The monitor will locate the climber’s registration card in the file and confirm that the climber is currently certified and not restricted from climbing. The monitor will then give the climber his or her climbing badge. The climber must display this badge by clipping it to the harness when climbing or belaying.

Certification Renewal

Certifications may be renewed beginning July 1st each year. All previously certified climber’s green certifications will revert to a red certification. Climbers must demonstrate their skills twice before re-establishing their green certification.

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