Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 183D
Course Title:
Introduction to Rock Climbing
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
30
Special Fee:
$12.00

Course Description

Explores rock climbing basics including: safety, proper gear and its use, movement over rock, back rock rescue, climbing etiquette, and environmental concerns. Introduces rock climbing as an activity that helps improve fitness, health, and overall wellness. Requirement: The ability to travel to local indoor rock climbing gyms to practice techniques and skills. Transportation to and from the climbing facility, as well as the ability to pay a facility use fee to the climbing facility. Facility use fee varies. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion 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 that incorporates rock climbing activities.

Aspirational Goals

 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