Whether you are looking to get off the ground or go to new heights, we offer a variety of short clinics designed to teach you the basics.
Instructional Clinics & Classes
- Climbing 101 – Intro to Climbing Class
- Top-Rope Belay Endorsement Clinic
- Lead Climbing and Belay Clinic
- Youth Climbing Introduction
Must pre-register and pay fee, additional clinic info emailed upon registration. Climbing shoes and climbing harness are provided. Please see clinic registration information and policies at campusrec.illinois.edu/adventure.
Climbing 101 – Intro to Climbing Class
Participants will learn and practice fundamental climbing techniques, climbing gear use, climbing wall operations and expectations, and everything else needed to safely climb at a gym. Topics include balance and posture, what to look for in your harness and shoes, various hand positions, route difficulty ratings, and more. Staff will provide personal coaching and everyone will have time to practice. If you’ve never learned the fundamentals or if you’ve never climbed, this class is for you. No climbing knowledge or gear is required. The final class will focus on instruction specific to the top-rope belay endorsement. All participants will receive the top-rope belay endorsement at the session’s conclusion. Price is per session. All clinics are three days.
Register/pay for climbing clinics at the ARC adventure center during climbing wall operating hours at least 4 days in advance.
(per 3 session clinic)
- $60 members
- $75 non-members
- Tuesdays 9-11 pm
- Feb. 12, 19, 26
- Mar. 26, Apr. 2, 9
Top-Rope Belay Endorsement Clinic
The first step in starting your vertical adventure, the participant will gain a basic introduction to the skill required to climb on top-rope. The clinic includes knot tying skills, belaying skills, and a belay endorsement examination. Upon completion and endorsement participants will be free to belay other climbers during open hours.
Register/pay for climbing clinics at the ARC adventure center during climbing wall operating hours at least 4 days in advance. Price is per clinic date. All clinics are single days.
- $30 members
- $40 non-members
- Mondays 9-11 pm
- Jan. 28
- Feb. 11
- Feb. 25
- Mar. 11
- Mar. 25
- Apr. 15
All clinics will meet at the ARC climbing wall.
Youth Climbing Introduction
Does your child have a lot of energy? Have they always tried to climb everything in sight? Bring them in for some climbing fun!
Instruction is given on safety, the climbing equipment used, basic climbing techniques, and climbing commands. Following this brief orientation, it is time to get on the wall and climb. A number of different routes may be climbed as the kids try to make it to the top. Additional activities like basic knot tying or bouldering (climbing low to the ground from side to side) may also take place if time permits.
Register/pay for climbing clinics at the ARC adventure center during climbing wall operating hours at least 4 days in advance. Price is per clinic date. All clinics are single days. Fee (per clinic) Time
- Feb. 9
- Mar. 16
- Apr. 13