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Sport Climbing and Mountaineering

Course name: Sport Climbing and Mountaineering
Course number: PSPP704
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact Hours: 22
Term: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Course meeting times: Will be updated
Course meeting place: Will be updated

Professor:Mgr. Lucie Kalkusová

Contact Information:
Office address: D125
Office hours: Will be updated

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide theoretical understanding and to develop practical skills in climbing. After completing practical seminars, students will have learned essential knots, and how to belay and climb at the position of first or second on the rope. They will acquire substantial climbing skills, so as to be able to climb well and safely on an artificial wall. The theoretical lectures include a brief history of Czech and worldwide climbing and mountaineering; information about equipment and materials, climbing disciplines and grading systems; and the use of climbing in schools and in commercial, therapeutic and educational programs.

Learning Objectives

The main goal of this course is to learn how to climb safely on a climbing wall. The students will know how to climb first and second on the rope and how to belay both of these positions. They will learn how to use climbing equipment correctly. They will also acquire the theoretical background connected with this sport and learn how to use climbing in different kinds of programs.

Course Prerequisites

Methods of Instruction
Mostly practical seminars held on an artificial wall.
Theoretical lectures using PowerPoint presentations and class debates.
Two fieldtrips – to one of the biggest climbing centers in Prague and to Divoká Šárka – a nature reservation near the faculty offering bouldering possibilities.

Assessment and Final Grade

1. Assessment Type 1: Essay on one of the recommended topics 25%

2. Assessment Type 2: Climbing and belaying 40%

3. Assessment Type 3: Tying knots 20%

4. Assessment Type 4: Participation in sessions 10%

Marking scheme assessment PG 1-4 (1 = excellent; 4 = fail)

Course Requirements


Students are required to submit an essay (1,000 words) on one of the recommended topics.
Students should refer to at least 5 sources, and use their own arguments and searches in the internet databases.

Climbing and belaying

Students must learn how to belay and climb at the position of first or second on the rope – then they will climb two routes each.

Tying the knots

The students will be tested in tying knots – double eight knot, double bowline, clove hitch, Prusik knot.

Class participation

Engagement in pair work and groupwork, and willingness to interact effectively both in practical and theoretical lessons.

Attendance is mandatory.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

Session 1: Introduction to the class – theory
Course requirements and assessment. Climbing equipment and materials – theory.

Session 2: Basics of climbing
Safety, basic terminology. Bouldering. Basics of climbing movement. Knots.

Week 2

Session 3: Bouldering in natural terrain*
Field trip to Divoká Šárka.

Session 4: Top rope climbing
Introduction to top rope climbing and belaying – the position of second on the rope. Response to commands, lowering.

Week 3

Session 5: Climbing technique
Training in climbing technique, accent on safe belaying and cooperation of the pair.

Session 6: History of climbing, climbing disciplines – theory
History of Czech and worldwide climbing and mountaineering. Climbing disciplines and grading systems.

Session 7: Lead climbing
Leading, belaying the leader – the position of first on the rope. Knots.

Week 4

Session 8: Climbing in educational process – theory
The use of climbing in schools and in commercial, therapeutic and educational programs.

Session 9: Practice of leading
Training in the technique.

Week 5

Session 10: Fieldtrip – Bigwall climbing center
Visit to a different climbing wall.

Session 11: Practice of climbing skills learned

Required reading

Cox, S. and Fulsaas, K. (2003). Mountaineering: the freedom of the hills. Seattle, WA: Mountaineers Books.

Green, S. (2013). All about Indoor Climbing: Learn How to Climb in a Rock Gym. [online].[cit. 2013-07-09]. Available from:

Hörst, E. and Hörst, E. (2008). Training for climbing: the definitive guide to improving your performance. Guilford, Conn.: Falcon.

International Mountaineering And Climbing Federation. (2007). Comparison between UIAA grades and other grading systems [online]. Last revision 13th of March 2011 [cit. 2012-03-14]. Available from:

Smith, P. (2009). Climbing games: challenge and train your hands, feet, body and brain with over 120 activities. Caernarfon: Pesda Press.

*The exact time of this session is subject to change, depending on the weather conditions.

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