We strive to educate participants on sound climbing practices and techniques that follow recommended industry standards. The classes are designed to help climbers learn the sport from the foundation up and develop good habits, which will benefit them as they progress to hopefully becoming lifelong enthusiasts of the sport of rock climbing.

Belay Class

This introductory class will introduce the basics of top-rope belaying. Completion of this class is required to be able to belay. Topics covered include:

  • How to put on and use a harness
  • How to tie a Figure 8 Follow Through knot
  • How to set up a belay system
  • How to properly belay with the “PBUS” technique and lower a climber
  • How to set up a floor anchor system
  • How to perform safety double checks and use of appropriate belay commands

Register for a Belay Class at the climbing wall desk or by calling the Rec office at 785-532-6980. Classes offered 7pm, Tues/Weds/Thurs throughout Fall '23 semester.


Lead Climbing Class

The lead climbing class is the “next step” in becoming a complete climber after becoming proficient with indoor top-roping skills. This class will teach the basics of how to lead climb indoors, including clipping fundamentals, lead belaying, lead falling, and lead catches. Due to the more technical nature, an advanced degree of difficulty, and increased risk, climbers must demonstrate strong climbing skills and belaying techniques in order to take this class.

Class length – 10 hours distributed over Saturday & Sunday




To register for any of these classes, stop by the Recreational Services office or call (785) 532-6980.