Academic Classes


Beginning Rock Climbing

RECR F140H T01

1 Credit

An introduction to the fundamentals of rock climbing. The primary objective of this course is to allow students to safely and competently enjoy the sport of rock climbing in the climbing gym, and prepare them for outdoor rock climbing. Students will learn to recognize risks and hazards associated with rock climbing and how to avoid or minimize them. Topics will include climbing equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, lead climbing, anchor construction, rappelling, climbing techniques as well as hazard evaluation and risk assessment.

This course is physically demanding and requires a willingness to try new and potentially hazardous activities. It is helpful, be not required, to be at least somewhat comfortable with heights.

Instructor: Andy Sterns

There are no prerequisites for this class.


Intermediate Rock Climbing

RECR F140J T01

1 Credit 

This class builds upon the fundamentals of rock climbing taught in Beginning Rock Climbing. Topics include more complex anchor building, multi-pitch climbing, rescue systems, trad protection, belaying two followers, lead belaying with a Grigri, and more.

The primary objective of this course is to build on the skills and knowledge acquired in the Beginning Rock Climbing class. Students will learn more advanced climbing systems and techniques to add to their skillset. 

This course is physically demanding and requires a willingness to try new and potentially hazardous activities. It is helpful, be not required, to be at least somewhat comfortable with heights.

Instructor: Christian Mogensen

Prerequisites: RECR F140H or equivalent skill set; permission of instructor.


Technical Climbing - ICE

RECR F140L T01

1 Credit

This course introduces students to ice climbing.

The majority of this course is taught outdoors on ice here on campus and down in the Alaska Range on frozen waterfalls. The primary objective of this course is to allow students to safely and competently enjoy the sport of ice climbing. Topics include ice climbing equipment, knots, rope handling, belaying, anchor construction, rappelling, ice climbing techniques as well as hazard evaluation and risk assessment. The course has four scheduled Saturday field trips to the Denali Park Area during the first half of the spring semester.  

This course is physically demanding and requires a willingness to try new and potentially hazardous activities. It is helpful, be not required, to be at least somewhat comfortable with heights.

All technical gear is provided for this class. You will need to provide your own clothing. We do have a limited supply of clothing available to borrow if needed, so don't let a lack of appropriate clothing deter you!

Instructor: Christian Mogensen

There are no prerequisites for this class.

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