Imagine yourself moving fluidly over a vertical rock surface. Your concentration is at its peak, mind and body moving over stone as one. The freedom and personal satisfaction one feels when rockclimbing is very difficult to put into words. Some describe climbing as ballet on rock.
The UCSB Adventure Programs climbing staff invites you to join them for the opportunity to learn how to climb and enjoy all the excitement that rockclimbing has to offer.
We offer a comprehensive and progressive climbing program. Our series of classes will keep you challenged as your skills improve. The number one prerequisite for enrolling in our classes is your desire to learn.
Forget about those self-imposed limitations regarding strength, gender and age.
Here is YOUR chance to do YOUR dance on the rock.
ADVENTURE CLIMBING CENTER
Hours: 11:30am- 1/2 hour before Rec Cen Closing (Click here to see Rec Cen Hours)
Location: Rec Cen II
Fee: Requires Rec Cen Membership or Day Pass.
The UCSB indoor climbing center is open to the public. If you haven’t seen it, then you are missing out on not only a beautiful work of art but a fantastic and very challenging training facility.
Entre Prises USA Inc designed “the largest imprint wall on the west coast!” The wall offers a dedicated bouldering section, 30 foot main wall, top rope climbing, autobelays, lead bolts, belay ledge and 3 crack features. We use a wide variety of artificial holds on the wall to keep you challenged regardless of your skill level.
The club atmosphere allows climbers to train, share techniques, exercise, meet new friends and plan weekend outings to the rocks. This is also a great place to discover or rediscover climbing. If you have taken a sabbatical from the sport, then here is a place to get back into the mainstream. If you would like to take an instructional clinic, choose from a variety of levels offered regularly.
The facility is open daily and allows for training after you get off work or out of class. If you do not have a harness or rock shoes, you can rent them at the climbing center.
This is your introduction to rockclimbing. The class focuses on the fundamentals of climbing. You will be instructed in knot tying, basic movement techniques, belaying, rappelling and basic climbing equipment.
We start the class in our indoor climbing facility during the evening session. Please wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes because you will be practicing movement techniques on our bouldering wall. The full-day lab takes place at one of the local climbing areas in the mountains behind Santa Barbara.
The fee includes instruction, climbing equipment and climbing shoes. Transportation is by carpool. This class has a maximum enrollment of eight. Here is your chance to give rockclimbing a try.
(2 day class)
After you have had your introduction to roped climbing, this class is the next one in the progression. This two-day, intensive class is designed to give you the time needed to practice the basic foundations of rockclimbing. This class is also a great refresher class for those of you who have temporarily retired from climbing. This class focuses your attention towards understanding top rope systems, belay systems, anchor construction and climbing techniques.
Students often repeat this class so they can master the many skills involved. The class will meet in our indoor climbing facility for the evening session. Please come ready to do some climbing in the evening. The full day classes will be held on the rocks in the Santa Barbara area.
The fee includes instruction, climbing equipment and climbing shoes. Transportation is by carpool. This class has a maximum enrollment of six. Basic Rockclimbing I or equivalent is a prerequisite for this class.
ROCK III, Advanced Top Rope Climbing & Anchor Construction
Prerequisite: Rock II or equivalent.
This two-day, intensive class is designed to help you gain the technical skills to construct and climb on solid top rope anchors in an array of environments. Instruction will include a brief review of the fundamentals of top rope anchors and belay systems, comprehensive instruction on the use of natural and artificial protection in any top rope anchor and belay system, and the basics of self-rescue. Students often repeat this class so they can master the many skills involved.
The fee includes instruction, climbing equipment and climbing shoes. Transportation to the climbing area is by carpool. This class has a maximum enrollment of six.
CANYON I, Intro to Canyoneering
This course is an introduction to the art of descending a canyon. A typical canyoneering outing involves hiking into a canyon and entering the water course. When you reach a drop that is either too difficult or dangerous to hike, you connect to and lower down on a rope. Seasoned rock climbers and novices alike will enjoy the innovative skill sets used in canyoneering, such as rappelling on a retrievable single line. Canyon 1 has a 2 hour evening session where you will learn proper preparation for a land/water sport and basic skills involved in rappelling. The weekend day will be in a local canyon where you can practice these skills in a natural setting and prepare for bigger canyons in the future.
The Adventure Climbing Center hosts an Annual Top Rope Climbing Competition every spring. It is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members with multiple levels of climbing ability. There will be designated routes for men’s and women’s beginning, intermediate and expert divisions. Staff belayers. Warm-up area. Free food. Awesome prizes for the top 3 winners in each bracket. Come just to watch! Contact Adventure Programs at (805) 893-3737 for more information. Fee does not include Rec Cen Day Pass for non-members.
Would you like to learn how to belay so you and your friends can climb to the top of the Adventure Climbing Center? The goal of this 3-hour clinic is to give you the basic information and practice required to pass the climbing center belay check. You will learn climbing knots, harness use, hardware use, belaying technique, climbing communication, and how to catch a fall and lower a climber.
The class will meet in our indoor Adventure Climbing Center, so come ready to do some climbing.
The fee includes instruction, climbing equipment and climbing shoes. Maximum enrollment of six.
LEAD CLIMBING CLINICS
Prerequisite: Belay Clinic, Rock I or equivalent
On lead, you have the sole responsibility of bringing the rope to the top while protecting yourself along the way. This 3-hour clinic teaches proper techniques for falling, clipping into pieces of protection, and belaying a lead climber on bolted sport routes. It also includes a free course shadow or hour of follow-up practice with a qualified staff member. Pass an Adventure Climbing Center belay check before you sign up. You must be very comfortable with top rope climbing and belaying.
Come test your body and mind by climbing without the security of a top rope and see what it’s like to be on the “sharp end” of a rope... The class meets in our indoor Adventure Climbing Center. The fee includes instruction, climbing equipment and climbing shoes. This class has a maximum enrollment of six.
CLIMBING WALL INSTRUCTOR COURSE
The PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor Course provides instructors and potential instructors with in-depth and standardized understanding of the skills essential to teaching climbing in an indoor setting. It is the first step in a sequential approach to professional climbing instructor development. The course reinforces the importance of teaching technically accurate information and debunks many common climbing myths. It also emphasizes the presentation of sound fundamental skills to climbing gym participants, the formation of risk assessment and risk management skills and basic problem solving skills such as belay transitions and on-wall coaching and assist techniques. Participants will be assessed on both their core knowledge and their ability to effectively teach and coach related skills.
Successful completion results in a certification with the Professional Climbing Instructors’Association (PCIA).
SELF RESCUE I
Prerequisite: Belay I or equivalent
You and your partner are enjoying a great climb at the crag when your partner slips and is knocked unconscious! What would you do? How do you escape the belay to get help or to help your partner? This 3-hour clinic helps to prepare you for these types of challenges. You will learn the knots and techniques necessary to secure your partner and escape standard top rope belays.
The class meets in our indoor Adventure Climbing Center. Come ready to climb in comfortable clothing. A padded harness is recommended. Pass an Adventure Climbing Center Belay Check before you sign up.
The fee includes instruction, climbing equipment and climbing shoes. This class has a maximum enrollment of six.
SELF RESCUE II
Prerequisite: Rock 1 +
This course is designed as a refresher and follow-up to the skills learned in the indoor self-rescue class. You should come having some working knowledge of top rope climbing systems, equipment, friction hitches and bight knots. You will learn basic top-belay rescues and hauling systems that will apply to most lead climbing scenarios.
The class will be held at a climbing site in the Santa Barbara area. The instructor will notify participants of the meeting time and place. Transportation is by carpool.
PRIVATE GROUP INSTRUCTION
by reservation only
What aspects of climbing are keeping you from getting to the next level? What is holding you back from lead climbing? This class is designed for the more advanced climber who is looking to take that next step and learn the fundamentals of lead climbing and protection placement. Bring your climbing partner and advance together. In this class you will have the opportunity to set anchor systems, practice hardware placement/removal, learn advanced rope management and practice advanced climbing techniques.
An evening session will be scheduled at our indoor climbing facility. A full-day session will be at a site specifically chosen by the instructor for this specialized class.
The fee includes instruction, climbing equipment and climbing shoes. Transportation is by carpool. There is a maximum group size of six participants. A solid working knowledge of the skills in Rockclimbing II is a prerequisite for this class.