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Climbing Wall


The Climbing Wall is an Aztec Recreation membership benefit. Located inside the ARC and supervised by the Aztec Adventures team, the wall is 30 feet high with 9 top ropes giving 1500 square feet of climbing space. To climb members must complete the one-hour Safety Orientation Class.

Mon, Sep 04 - Sun, Sep 10

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09/05
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09/06
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09/08
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09/10

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Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall Safety Orientation

All those wishing to access the climbing wall must register and complete the climbing wall safety orientation program.

Safety Orientation Sessions

Each session is one hour. Successful completion of the one-hour safety orientation class is required to climb regardless of experience. Choose from the following dates and times.


Fall 2017 Orientations

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 3pm



Four Steps to complete
the Climbing Wall Safety Orientation

Number 1

View Climbing Wall Pre-Orientation Video

Climbing Orientation Video Transcript

FOOTAGE OF CLIMBERS WALKING TO THE WALL.

Welcome to the Aztec Recreation Center climbing wall orientation video. Whether you’re an experienced climber or a first timer, we’re excited to have you here.
INSTRUCTORS TALKING TO CLIMBERS.

This video is designed to familiarize you with our
safety procedures and expectations.

FOOTAGE OF CLIMBING.

Pay close attention because you will be asked to complete a short quiz before you are permitted to climb at our wall.
SCREEN CAPTURE FOOTAGE OF OUR WEBSITE. NAVIGATING TO THE HOURS OF THE WALL.

Please check our website for current hours of operation and times for scheduled orientations.
CLIMBERS REVIEWING THE SAFETY GUIDELINES WITH FOAM FINGER.

As you approach the climbing wall office, review the posted safety guidelines.
CLIMBERS SIGN IN. SOMEONE POINTS TO SIGN IN WITH FOAM FINGER.

Remember to sign in before gearing up to climb.
CLIMBER ASKING STAFF FOR GEAR AND SUPERVISOR’S HEAD POPPING OUT OF OFFICE WITH GEAR.

If you need climbing shoes or a harness, simply ask a climbing wall supervisor.
If you have your own harness, please show it to a supervisor so they can check its structural integrity.

You are now ready to participate in our orientation.
CLIMBING FOOTAGE.
This orientation is a critical step in the climbing process, ensuring a safe and fun experience for you and your fellow climbers.
TEXT OVERLAID ON CLIMBING OR INSTRUCTOR FOOTAGE.

During this orientation you will learn: the different types of climbing we offer at our wall, effective communication for your climbing partner and other climbers, and how to safely use the technical equipment. Next we will walk you through the orientation.
There are two types of climbing done of climbing at our wall: Bouldering and top roping.
CLIMBERS BOULDERING VERY CLOSE TO THE GROUND.

Bouldering is a type of climbing that does not require the use of any ropes as it is done much closer to the ground.
SLO-MO FOOTAGE OF FALLING CLIMBER AND THEY GIVE A SMILE AND THUMBS UP TO CAMERA

Our floors are made out of the finest foam mats, so your fall will be cushioned.
CLIMBER BOULDERING WITH SPOTTER.

However, we do recommended you have a spotter when bouldering.
SPOTTER’S THUMBS AND FINGERS. WITH FOAM FINGER.

When spotting, make sure your fingers are not caught on the falling climber or their clothing by keeping your thumbs tucked in.
Think, "paws, not claws."
SPOTTER SPOTTING A CLIMBER WITH NORMAL FINGERS.

As a spotter, your job is not to catch the climber if they fall, but to guide their descent. You are there to ensure a comfortable landing and help protect the climbers head neck and spine.
SPOTTER GUIDES A FALL.

When bouldering, no climber is permitted to climb with their hips higher than the red line on the wall.
RED LINE ON THE WALL.
CLIMBER CLIMBING ABOVE NO OBJECTS. FOOTAGE OF VARIOUS OBJECTS OR PEOPLE THAT COULD GET IN THE WAY.

When bouldering, do not climb above other climbers or objects that may injure you in the event of a fall.
CLIMBER MOVING OUT OF THE WAY OF A TOP-ROPER.

Those who are climbing on a rope always have the right of way so please respect their passage.
2 CLIMBERS CLIPPING INTO THE ROPE. 2 OTHER CLIMBERS WATCHING THEM WITH EXCITEMENT.

Another type of climbing is called top roping. Top-roping requires that both climber and belayer wear harnesses and clip into opposite ends of a rope.
CLIMBERS GET EXCITED AND HOLD UP THEIR HARNESSES.

Before top-rope climbing you must first put on a harness.
CLIMBER MOVING THE HARNESS AROUND IN CONFUSION AND THEN POSITIONING THE BELAY LOOP IN FRONT.

To properly fit the harness, first find the belay loop. This will always be positioned in front and is usually a different color from the rest of the harness.
CLIMBER LOOSENS THE BUCKLES.

Loosen all the buckles before stepping into the harness.
CLIMBER MAKES SURE THE LEG LOOPS AREN’T TWISTED, THEN STEPS INTO THE HARNESS.

Now find the two leg loops and be sure they are hanging evenly under the waist belt and are not twisted.
Next, step through the waist belt and into the leg loops like a pair of pants.
CLIMBER PULLS UP THE HARNESS AND POSITIONS IT.

Pull the harness up around your waist and tighten the waist belt first.
Be sure the waist belt is positioned just above your hip bones to prevent the possibility of shifting while climbing.

CLIMBER SHOWS WHAT HAPPENS IF IT’S TOO LOOSE, THEN TIGHTENS IT. (FOAM FINGER)

The waist belt should be tight enough that only a single finger fits between your body and the harness.
CLIMBER TIGHTENS THE LEG LOOPS.

Finally, tighten the leg loops. The leg loops should also allow only one finger to fit.
CLIMBER APPROACHES THE ROPE AND GRABS IT, GIVES THE BELAYER THE SIDE AND THEY TWIST THE ROPE IN CONFUSION.

Now you can clip into the rope. As you approach the rope, notice the difference in the two ends. One side will be for the climber and the other for the belayer. Make sure your ropes are not twisted and you are choosing the rope above your climb.
CLIMBER shows the end used by the climber and clips in.

The climber’s end has a single locking carabiner. Always clip the carabineer into the belay loop on the front of your harness. This is the safest attachment point.
CLOSE UP OF CARABINEER AND IT NOT AUTO-LOCKING. CLIMBER THEN DOES A SQUEEZE CHECK.

The carabiners are designed to auto-lock, however you must always check to ensure the carabiner is fully locked. This is easily done by using the squeeze check.
CLIMBER AND BELAYER DOING A VISUAL AND VERBAL CHECK OF CLIP IN AND SQUEEZE CHECK.

After visually checking your safety equipment, both climber and belayer must receive a verbal confirmation of readiness before starting their climb. The climber commands are:
Climber: "On Belay?" Belayer: "Belay On"
Climber: "Climbing"
Belayer: "Climb On"
We will now demonstrate proper use of the technical safety equipment for top-rope climbing.
BELAYER GOES TO THE OTHER END OF THE ROPE AND GRABS IT.
BELAYER SHOWS THE LOCKING CARABINER AND BELAY DEVICE (SHOT OF KNOT AT THE END OF ROPE)

The belayer’s end of the rope has both a locking carabiner and a gri-gri belay device.
SHOT OF GRI-GRI BEING LOADED CLOSE UP OF INSIDE OF GRI-GRI.

This device increases the friction on the rope and helps the belayer catch a falling climber.
BELAYER CLIPS IN, SHOWING THE LOOSE STRAND IN THE DOMINANT HAND.

When clipping into this device, be sure that the loose strand of rope exits on your dominant hand side.

It is important that you never let go of this strand of rope while your partner climbs- because this strand is the control break of the system.
BELAYER does a squeeze check.

Just like the climber, make sure your carabiner is fully
locked by using the squeeze check.
THE GEAR IS SHOWN OFF. (MAYBE EVEN SOME COOL EFFECTS TO SHOW KN FORCES)

The strength of the gear is strong enough to hold all types of climbers. Our carabiners are rated to hold up to 30 kilonewtons, which is over 6700 pounds of force.
The belay device, harness, and rope are designed to hold similar amounts of weight.

BELAYER GOES THROUGH THE MOTION SLOW. SHOWING THE BRAKE STRAND.

Your number one rule as a belayer is never take your dominant hand off the brake strand!
BELAYER PULLS SLACK.

Your job as a belayer is to pull slack through the belay device so that you limit the length of the climbers fall. In order to pull slack through the belay device we use a method called the P.L.U.S. technique.
BELAYER BELAYING, WITH THE P.L.U.S. ACRONYM OVERLAID ON SCREEN.

The P.L.U.S. technique stands for Pull, Lock, Under, Slide.
BELAYER PULLS SLACK IN SLOW MOTION.

The pull portion of the P.L.U.S. technique consists of simultaneously pulling slack down with your non-dominant hand while pulling this same slack though the belay device with your dominant hand.
BELAYER DOES LOCK MOTION.
Next is the "lock" portion of the P.L.U.S. technique. After you have pulled the slack out of the rope, engage the friction device by placing your dominant hand down by your waist.
Remember, if you aren’t pulling the slack out of the rope, the rope should always be in your dominant hand just below your waist. (BY YOUR WAIST, BY YOUR WAIST, BY YOUR WAIST)
BELAYER DOES THE UNDER AND SLIDE.

Now, with your dominant hand on the rope near your waist, grab the rope with your other hand under and slide your dominant hand back up towards the belay device.
This illustrates the "under" and "slide" portion of the P.L.U.S. technique.
BELAYER DOES THE P.L.U.S. MULTIPLE TIMES.

By repeating this process, you can successfully belay your climber.

As a belayer, you are responsible for keeping the rope tight and catching your climber in the case of a fall.
The belay device is used to assist in catching the climber but does not take the place of an attentive belayer.
When catching an unexpected fall, keep your dominant hand down by your waist (the locked position) for optimal holding power.
CLIMBER REACHES TOP OF WALL AND WANTS TO BE LOWERED.

As the belayer, you are also responsible for lowering the climber safely to the ground. When the climber has reached the top of the wall or is ready to be lowered...
SHOT FROM ABOVE AND BELOW CLIMBER AND BELAYER- GIVING THUMBS UP/ NODDING.
CLIMBER PUTTING FEET AGAINST WALL DURING DESCENT.

As the climber, sit back in your harness like you are in a reclining chair. Put your feet flat against the wall, keep your legs wide and walk down the wall when being lowered.
CLOSE UP OF DEVICE, SHOT OF CLIMBER COMING DOWN, CLOSE UP OF LETTING UP ON BLACK LEVER, SHOT OF CLIMBER STOPPING.

Keep your dominant hand down by your waist and allow the climber to weight the rope. Once they have weighted the rope you can use your non-dominant hand to grab the black lever on the belay device.
Pull this lever back and allow the rope to slowly slide through your dominant hand and through the belay device, controlling the speed of the climbers descent.

BELAYER MOVING THE LEVER AND THEN LETTING GO. CLIMBER STOPPING MID DESCENT

It is your job to control the speed of descent. If the speed becomes too fast to control, let up on the black lever and the climber’s fall will be arrested.
THREE STAFF MEMBERS IN RED SHIRTS POOPING THEIR HEADS OUT OF CLIMBING WALL OFFICE.

If you have any questions, please ask the climbing staff. They are there to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.
FOOTAGE OF ENS CLIMBING CLASS- CIRCLE OF CLIMBERS WATCHING INSTRUCTOR TEACH ANCHOR BUILDING WITH WHITE BOARD AND ANCHOR ON THE WALL.

Additional climbing opportunities include registering for a one unit ENS climbing class offered every semester...
FOOTAGE OF AZTEC ADVENTURES WEBSITE.
Or sign up for an Aztec Adventure weekend climbing trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Ask a staff member or visit our website if you have more questions.
CLIMBER GOES TO FRONT DESK TO REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION.

Now that you have completed the orientation video for the Aztec Recreation Climbing Wall, your next step is to register online or at the front desk for one of our staff taught orientations.
After successfully completing this course, you will have full access to the Aztec Recreation Center Climbing Wall.
FOOTAGE OF CLIMBERS
CLIMBERS ON WALL WAVING FROM THE TOP.

Thanks for your attention and thank you for helping us keep our community a safe and rewarding place to climb.
CHARACTERS FROM VERY BEGINNING (WEARING EACH OTHER’S GEAR AND HIGH-FIVING FROM WALL)

FADE TO BLACK
Number 2

Register through AR Online Services or at the ARC front desk

Number 3
Number 4

Attend the Climbing Wall Safety Orientation Session.
Anyone scoring less than 100% on the quiz will not be permitted to continue with the climbing wall orientation session

 


 

You Learn

Avoiding risk and injury
Belaying Skills and communication
Procedures & policies
Equipment use and care
Attitude & etiquette towards safety

 

 

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