OPP Climbing & Mountaineering Courses
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First class attendance is REQUIRED! Please read our enrollment and first day attendance policies.

Enrolling in a Rock Climbing Fitness Course? Read these important attendance and participation policies.


belaying & spotting

belay escape - pdf

belay escape - video

body positioning

crack climbing

floor anchors
forces in leader falls
gear guide
endurance training
handholds & grips
knots for climbing
preventing injuries
movement principles
training for climbing


PEO 242 - Bouldering

This course emphasizes climbing movement, bouldering techniques, protocols and safety.
course documents

PEO 251 - Rock Climbing 1

This course focuses on safety skills (e.g. belaying, equipment use, knots) and learning the basics of climbing and rappelling.
course documents

PEO 252 - Rock Climbing Fitness

The focus of this intermediate course is on improving fitness and developing climbing technique. Please read our skill requirements and participation policies before enrolling!
course documents

PEO 331 - Outdoor Rock Climbing

This 2-credit course introduces participants to outdoor rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park, with emphasis on gear placement and anchor building. Introductory rescue techniques (e.g. belay escapes, ascending a fixed rope) are introduced at our indoor rescue facility on campus.
course documents

PEO 341 - Introduction to Lead Climbing

Conducted at Skinner's Butte columns, this course covers the basics of traditional lead climbing techniques with emphasis on gear placement and anchor management.
course documents

PEO 288/361 - Mountaineering Preparation and Outing

Mountaineering Preparation and Outing courses are conducted in spring term andrequire instructor consent to register. Wilderness Survival and Backpacking 1 or equivalent experience are also required.
course details and documents
readings and lectures
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