Teaching Rock Climbing
Standard letter grades
Total contact hours
OL 171, OL 271 and OL 273.
This course is designed as an introduction to guiding/teaching rock climbing. Students will be instructed on the use of a variety of climbing equipment and techniques used for top-roped and lead climbing in guiding/teaching situations (this course will not teach beginning level material except in how to teach such material to a beginner student/client/friend). Topics will include such areas as: client care and welfare, managing a group setting, risk assessment, as well as technical skills. Emphasis will be placed on group work, discussion and practical application. Although some time will be spent climbing, this is not an activity course; all aspects of the course will be designed to teach the basic concepts of leading others in a variety of rock climbing situations.
Course learning outcomes
1. Plan and organize basic climbing curriculum for novice through intermediate students.
2. Assess and Support beginning level students during a rock climbing program.
3. Apply effective risk management methods for a rock climbing program.
4. Integrate an assessment of a client’s abilities and limitations into an appropriate rock climbing program.
5. Determine effective decisions concerning specific ethical considerations of rock climbing.