You are here

Climbing

climbers on a ledge.

Discover

your adventurous side through RSOP Climbing

Climbing provides opportunities for students and community members to participate in rock and ice based adventure pursuits.  Goals include skill development, social interaction and team building, environmental awareness and increased self-confidence!

UMD offers the use of two great indoor climbing walls on campus. In addition, we utilize several local, top-notch outdoor climbing areas for our courses and instruction. Whether perfecting your figure eight follow through knot or your gear placement on lead, we have events, courses & trips catered to your level, taught by professional and experienced staff. All necessary climbing equipment is included in our sessions.

FREE ACTIVITIES SPRING 2020
SPECIAL EVENTS SPRING 2020
DESTINATION TRIPS SPRING 2020
CLINICS AND TRAININGS SPRING 2020

FREE ACTVIVITIES

First Week Free

Climbing is FREE during the first week of school, January 21-25. Instructors are always on hand to help answer questions and fit equipment.

Free Fitness Bouldering

Anyone with a facility or climbing pass may boulder at no additional cost during regular facility hours, outside of open climbing hours. During open climbing hours you must have a climbing pass to boulder or climb. Please keep your feet below the four-foot high red line where appropriate.

WOMEN ON THE WALL

Calling all female-identifying people! Join us at the Inland Wall, located on the far side of the ice-rink! Beginners are always welcome. Bring your friends! This session is led by female identifying instructors. Instruction and equipment included.
Wednesdays, 8-10pm, Jan 22 - April 29
Register by: No registration required
Meet: Inland Wall
Cost: Free with UMD ID/$5 Others

BEGINNER BELAY CLINICS

Join us in the Inland Wall for a low pressure, out of the way, stress free environment to learn this new skill. Take away the pressure of onlookers and other accomplished climbers and we think you'll find learning to belay a fun, enjoyable experience! Specialized instruction for beginning climbers/belayers.
Wednesday, 6-8pm, Jan 29 & Feb 26
Register by: No Registration Necessary
We provide: All necessary climbing gear
You provide: Appropriate clothing
Meet: Inland Wall
Cost: Free

SPECIAL EVENTS

LEAP YEAR DYNO COMP

Born on that rare day that only comes around every 4 years, the Leap Year Dyno Competition is guaranteed fun and excitement! Join with our route setters and climbing staff and one point, two point, three point, and four points off your way to some fun dynamically challenging routes!
Saturday, February 29, 11:30am competitors meeting, 12pm start time
Register by: Day-of registration available
We provide: All necessary equipment
You provide: Stoke!
Meet: Ice Rink Overlook
Cost: $5

CONCRETE SMORGASBORD CLIMBING COMP **30th Annual**

The North Shore Climbers Club and RSOP partner in offering our annual climbing competition. All skill levels welcome.
Saturday, April 18, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Register by: Day-of registration available
Meet: Ice Rink Overlook
Cost: $25

DESTINATION TRIPS

GOOSEBERRY ICE

Learn beginner ice climbing techniques to work your way up a frozen waterfall. Explore one of Minnesota's greatest state parks through the unique lens of ice climbing. No experience required.
Saturday, January 25, 9am - 5pm
Register by: Noon, Friday, January 24
We provide: All necessary climbing gear and transportation
You provide: Warm clothes, lunch/snacks, water bottle.
Meet: RSOP Rental Center
Cost: $20 UMD Student Members/$55 Others

CLIMB CASKET QUARRY

Mixed climbing combines both ice and rock climbing techniques. Join our experienced instructors to see for yourself how exciting and fun it can be! Beginners welcome.
Saturday, February 1, 9am-5pm
Register by: Noon Friday, January 31
We provide: All necessary climbing gear and transportation
You provide: Warm clothes, lunch/snacks, water bottle
Meet: RSOP Rental Center
Cost: $20 UMD Student Members/ $55 Others

WOMEN'S CLIMB AT GOOSEBERRY

We welcome all female identifying people to spend a day amid the dazzling winter scenery of Gooseberry Falls State Park. Beginners are encouraged to sign up for this awesome adventure! This trip will be led by female identifying instructors.
Sunday, February 9, 9am - 5pm
Register by: Noon, Friday February 7
We provide: All necessary climbing gear and transportation
You provide: Warm clothes, lunch/snacks, water bottle
Meet: RSOP Rental Center
Cost: $20 UMD Student Members/ $55 Others

CLIMB CASCADE

Incredible north shore waterfall climbing combining both ice and rock climbing techniques. Join our experienced instructors to see for yourself how exciting and fun it can be! Beginner and experienced climbers welcome.
Saturday, February 15, 9am-5pm
Register by: Noon on Friday, February 14
We provide: All necessary climbing gear and transportation
You provide: Warm clothes, lunch/snacks, water bottle
Meet: RSOP Rental Center
Cost: $20 UMD Student Members/ $55 Others

WOMEN'S CLIMB AT CASKET QUARRY

We welcome all female identifying people to spend an exciting day at Casket Quarry full of mixed climbing which includes both ice and rock climbing techniques. Join our experienced instructors to see for yourself how exciting and fun it can be! Beginners welcome. This trip will be led by female identifying instructors.
Sunday, February 23, 9am-5pm
Register by: Noon, Friday, February 21
We provide: All necessary climbing gear and transportation
You provide: Warm clothes, lunch/snacks, water bottle
Meet: RSOP Rental Center
Cost: $20 UMD Student Members/ $55 Others

CLINICS AND TRAININGS

EVENING ICE

Try ice climbing at a fun, hidden ice climb located within Chester Park, five minutes from campus. An excellent opportunity for beginners to see what ice climbing is all about.
Wednesdays in January and February, 5pm-9pm, Beginning January 22
Register by: 4pm Day-of, Walk-ups Accepted
We provide: All necessary climbing gear and transportation.
You provide: Warm clothes, headlamp, snacks, water bottle
Meet: RSOP Rental Center
Cost: $5 UMD Student Members/$25 Others

SPORT LEAD CLINICS

Take your climbing to a new level with lead climbing. Learn how to climb from the ground up, trailing a rope and clipping pre-placed bolts as you go. Practice techniques for tying in, clipping quickdraws, falling safely and belaying a leader.
Thursdays, Feb 27 & April 2, 6-9pm
Register By: Noon the day before the clinic
We provide: All necessary climbing gear
You provide: Appropriate clothing
Meet: North Shore Climbing Wall
Cost: $5 UMD Student Members/$15 Other

GYM TO CRAG: TOP ROPE ANCHORS SERIES

Session 1-Placing Protection

Learn the basics of placing several different types of climbing gear. We will focus on placement and evaluation of standard rock climbing protection. This is a great first class for a beginning climber looking to become self-sufficient in building your own anchors for top roping. No experience necessary, gear is provided, additional personal gear welcome.
Thursday, March 26, 6-9pm
Register by: Noon, day of event
We provide: All necessary climbing gear
You provide: Appropriate clothing
Meet: Inland Wall
Cost: $5 UMD Student Members/$15 Others

Session 2-Indoor Practice, Connecting 2-4 piece anchors

Hands-on practice combining 2, 3 and 4 pieces of protection to create top rope anchors. Safety at the cliff edge and efficiency/timeliness will also be addressed. Gear is provided, additional personal gear welcome.
Prerequisites: Anchors session 1 or equivalent experience placing climbing protection.
Friday, March 27, 6-9pm
Register by: Noon, day of event
We provide: All necessary climbing gear
You provide: Appropriate clothing
Meet: Inland Wall
Cost: $5 UMD Student Members/$15 Others

Session 3-Outdoor Practice

This session puts into play all that is learned in the first two sessions. Placing, connecting and setting up simulated and actual top rope climbs. Gear is provided, additional personal gear welcome.
Prerequisites: Anchors sessions 1 and 2 or equivalent experience.
Saturday, March 28, 9am-5pm
Register by: Noon on Friday March 27
We provide: Transportation from UMD, All necessary climbing gear
You provide: Warm clothes, lunch, snacks, water
Meet: RSOP Rental Center
Cost: $15 UMD Student Members/$45 Others

Session 4-Outdoor Practice #2

This session puts into play all that is learned in the first three sessions. Placing, connecting and setting up simulated and actual top rope climbs, but this time you run your systems! Gear is provided, additional personal gear welcome.
Prerequisites: Anchors sessions 1,2, and 3 or equivalent experience.
Sunday, March 29, 9am-5pm
Register by: Noon on Friday March 27
We provide: Transportation from UMD, All necessary climbing gear
You provide: Warm clothes, lunch, snacks, water
Meet: RSOP Rental Center
Cost: $15 UMD Student Members/$45 Others

MULTIPITCH CLINIC

Learn the skills necessary for building anchors at the top of an outdoor climb, bringing up a second climber and transitioning at a belay ledge.
Prerequisite: Checked off to belay at UMD's climbing walls
Wednesday, February 26, 6-9pm
Register by: Noon, day of event
We provide: All necessary climbing gear
You provide: Appropriate clothing
Meet: North Shore Climbing Wall
Cost: $5 UMD Student Members/$15 Others

ROUTE SETTING CLINIC

Learn how to design fun, challenging new climbing routes at UMD's climbing walls. Bouldering and roped climbing routes. Join our experienced instructors to get off on the right hold for route setting. This clinic is the first step to getting certified to set routes on UMD's climbing walls. No experience is necessary.
Wednesday, February 12, 6-9pm
Register by: Noon, day of event
Meet: North Shore Wall
Cost: $5 UMD Student Members/$10 Others