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    Climb-based activities ( single-pitch sport, bouldering) to include both indoor climbing at nearby climbing gyms and outdoor trips to local and regional crags.

     

    CLICK HERE FOR UPCOMING CLIMB TRIPS 

     

    If you have a trip that you would love to take this year please email outdoor@seattleu.edu with your suggestions.

    Listed below are two opportunities to utilize local climbing gyms, offered through an affiliation with Seattle U's Outdoor Adventure Recreation program. At the essence of it all, the OAR program's endeavor is to introduce or enhance access for people new to outdoor recreation. As such, we have formed affiliations with SBP and VW to offer discounted opportunities for the Seattle U community. Please enjoy them!

    Seattle Bouldering Project (SBP)

    Located just south of Seattle U’s campus, this facility offers bouldering opportunities for current students, staff, and faculty of Seattle University. An unlimited number SU climbers may use the bouldering gym at any given time through an individual, punch-card system. OAR offers a limited number of subsidized punch cards each quarter. Seattle Bouldering Project official website:  www.seattleboulderingproject.com

    How to participate:

    Visit OAR during office hours to complete a registration form and purchase one of the following options (prices shown are inclusive of the 10% local sales tax):

    Purchase. Pick one of the following options (prices are inclusive of the 10% sales tax)

    5-punch $37.50 student $55 staff/faculty

    Only offered through OAR, suggested for those who want to try it out
    10-punch $75 student (reg. $110 after tax) $110 staff/faculty (reg. $143 after tax)

    Suggested for those who will go occasionally (once every 1-2 weeks)
    Monthly $58 student (reg. $68.20 after tax) $64 staff/faculty (reg. $79.20 after tax)

    Suggested for those who intend to go multiple times a week
     
      COMPARE to direct purchase from SBP (as of 8/2013)

    Day Pass

    $12 student + tax=$13.20

    $16 adult + tax=$17.60

    10-Punch Pass

    $100 student + tax=$110

    $130 adult+ tax=$110

    Single Month

    $62 student + tax=$110

    $72 adult + tax=$79.20

    Monthly(EFT*)

    $50 student + tax=$55

    $60 adult + tax=$66 * Set up$40, $5 hold fee

    Note: The EFT Monthly option offered directly through SBP on a monthly debit system. The cost
     is $50 for students (plus tax and a $40 initiation fee) with an additional $5 hold fee to pause your membership during academic breaks (like December, March, and the summer months).
    This option is ultimately more cost effective if you live locally, year-round.
     
    1. YOU MUST BRING ID. To get in the door you need your SBP card, every time you go to the gym.
    2.  Remember that you REPRESENT Seattle University while you are at SBP so please do not compromise our relationship with the gym and ruin this for opportunity other climbers.
    3.   NOTES:
      1. SBP cards are non-refundable. If you are just curious, we encourage you to pay SBP’s daily fee ($12) to check it out.
      2. SBP cards may only be used for 1 person; they cannot be split and are non-transferable.
      3. The 5- and 10-punch cards do not expire, so you can use them as little or as often as your free time permits (up to the usage limit that you purchased). Monthly passes are good 30days from when you activate them at SBP.
      4. SBP card membership permits free use of SBP fitness equipment and classes, but DOES NOT include shoe rentals.
      5. During the academic year, OAR has informal bouldering groups going to SBP throughout the week. This is a great way to meet other climber friends. To know more about times for these and other Outdoor program opportunities, email outdoor@seattleu.edu to get added to the OAR list-serve. You will get an email every Monday with the climbing group schedule and everything else offered for that week.
      6. Only a set number of punch cards are purchased/subsidized by OAR each quarter. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to a single purchase at a time.

    At the essence of it all, the OAR program's endeavor is to introduce or enhance access for people new to outdoor recreation. Please enjoy them!

    Vertical World (VW)

    Located in the Magnolia neighborhood (about a 20-25min drive from campus), this facility offers lead and top-rope climbing opportunities. There are 8 "memberships" designated for either current Seattle University students or faculty/staff, thus a MAXIMUM of 8 SU climbers may use the climbing gym at any one time.Vertical World Official Website: http://www.verticalworld.com/

    How to participate:

    1. YOU MUST REGISTER. Visit OAR during office hours to complete a registration form and pay the $25 quarterly fee. There are no pro-rates (i.e. signing up half-way through the quarter at “half-price”).
    2. YOU MUST BE ON THE LIST. To get in the door at VW, you need your SU ID card AND your name must be on the OAR Climbing List. The updated list of currently authorized climbers is sent to Vertical World every Monday. If you’re an SU student/staff, faculty and you’re not on the list, you must pay Vertical World's daily fee ($16) to climb.
    3. FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED is the use policy for the 6 “SU passes,” meaning you may need to wait for a person ahead of you to leave and/or be considerate to other climbers who arrive after you if you notice a need to limit your time.
    4. VAN GROUPS are the only exception to the above because the informal climbing groups take priority as these are weekly organized events. This is a great way to meet other climber friends! To know more about these and other opportunities, email outdoor@seattleu.edu to get added to the listserve. You will get an email every Monday with the climbing group schedule.
    5. RENTALS of shoes and harnesses are free only for SU climbers on the SU Climbing List. You may not share rentals with anyone else.
    6. BELAY CERTIFICATION is required to belay any climber. If you would like to be certified and have prior experience, simply take the belay test with Vertical World upon arrival at the gym. If you would like to learn, read the “Belay Certification” section below for more details.
    7. There is absolutely NO TEACHING FRIENDS HOW TO BELAY WHILE IN THE GYM. This is a serious liability for VW, and could compromise our relationship with the gym.
    8. Remember that you REPRESENT Seattle University while you are at VW so please do not ruin this opportunity for other climbers.
    9. If you sign up for a Vertical World pass and decide it is not for you, you may get a refund within two weeks of purchasing your pass. Only one refund will be given per person a year

     

    BELAY CERTIFICATION

    Learn the fundamentals needed to climb vertically: fitting the harness, tying a figure 8 knot, and proper belaying techniques in a 2 hour class. Includes all necessary equipment. Class size limited to 6. You do this directly through VW and we recommend calling ahead to reserve your space. The cost is $35 (this is the student rate, be sure to specify or they will charge you $50), but if you bring your receipt to the OAR office during hours, the Outdoor program will subsidize $20 of that fee. 

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  • Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.

    ~ Walt Whitman