Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 183D
Course Title:
Introduction to Rock Climbing
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Course Description

Improves fitness, health and overall wellness through rock climbing. Explores rock climbing basics including: safety, proper gear and use, movement over rock, back rock rescue, climbing etiquette and environmental concerns. Several classes during the term will meet at a local indoor rock climbing gym to practice techniques and skills. Students need to provide transportation to and from the climbing facility, as well as pay a facility use fee to the climbing facility. Facility use fee may vary. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon competition of the course students should be able to:

  • Improve overall physical conditioning through participation in Rock Climbing, including but not limited to improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle fitness, and flexibility. ? Perform safe and effective Rock Climbing skills and techniques.
  •  Apply learned terminology, principles, skills and techniques when Rock Climbing.
  •  Develop a lifelong fitness, health, and wellness program.
  •  Experience the relationship of the mind, body and spirit.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

? Pre/post fitness testing
? Individual fitness programs
? Active Participation & Attendance
? Demonstrations of proficiency
? Assignments and/or exams

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

? Basic rock climbing safety & etiquette
? Terminology, proper gear and use of both
? Skills in bouldering and climbing movement
? Body awareness
? Connection of sport and environmental concerns associated with the activity