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Type: Extreme sports

Climbing

Climbing

Holding onto small edges, balancing on your feet, pumped forearms: that’s climbing! You’ll find nice routes and courses on your level. Come and try out climbing on our 14 meter high wall!

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Climbing at the USC: how does it work?

  • Courses at different levels.
  • Climbing outside course hours (certificate needed).
  • Single entrance, 10x punch card, 3 or 12 months subscription.
  • Do you like to climb with a group of friends? Check our arrangements.
  • Do you want more climbing fun? Join student club ASAC!
  • At sportcentrum Universum you can also do bouldering.

Climbing in the USC climbing hall

The USC climbing hall is 14m high, has 18 ropes and routes between 3 and 7b. You can choose between toprope or lead.

Opening hours

Always check out the timetable for the climbing hours outside the course hours. You find the hall availability there.

Access policy

1. The wall is accessible if you’re in the possession of an NKBV-klimvaardigheidsbewijs, if you get a place on the USC climbing permission list or when you are an ASAC member.
2. If you are an experienced climber, you can get access if you demonstrate your belaying and climbing skills to one of our USC climbing instructors. Please mail sportklimmen@usc.uva.nl for an appointment and describe your experience and availability. You have to bring a climbing partner.

The USC climbing courses

Beginners course

  • You will finish the course with the NKBV certificate Indoor Toprope. Afterwards you are allowed to climb in any Dutch climbing gym.
  • 4 classes, 2 hours each.
  • You have to participate in all classes. Last-minute problem? Mail immediately to sportklimmen@usc.uva.nl.
  • Missed a class beyond control? Still want to obtain your NKBV certificate Indoor Toprope? Check the timetable for the extra exam moment.
  • This course starts multiple times a year.

Intermediate course

  • 4 classes, 2 hours each.
  • Level: 5a – 5c.
  • Improve your efficiency and technique.
  • Required experience: you have finished the beginners course or you have similar experience.
  • You find this course several times a year.

Advanced course

  • 4 classes, 2 hours each.
  • Level: 5c – 6b.
  • Optimize your efficiency and techniques.
  • Work on your tactics and awareness of your own climbing skills.
  • Required experience: you have finished the intermediate course or you have similar experience.
  • You find this course several times a year.

Indoor lead climbing course

  • You can obtain a NKBV certificate Lead Climbing after passing the exam.
  • 5 classes, 2 hours each.
  • You have to participate in all classes. Last-minute problem? Mail immediately to sportklimmen@usc.uva.nl.
  • Required experience: you need a level of at least 5c and a minimum of 6 months of toprope experience.

Customized classes

  • Tell us what you want.
  • Private class possible.
  • For all levels.
  • Send an e-mail to sportklimmen@usc.uva.nl and we will look at the options.

Climbing gear and shoes during the course?

This is included in the course price. Bring an elastic if you have long hair.

House rules climbing hall

General rules

  • For climbing you need permission of the USC.
  • You can apply for a safety check at sportklimmen@usc.uva.nl.
  • Climbing is at your own risk.
  • Check the online timetable for the availability of the climbing gym.
  • Store your kit in the closet.
  • Last climber of the day? Please coil the ropes.
  • Change in the dressing rooms.
  • No glass in the climbing gym.
  • It’s not allowed to climb without a t-shirt.
  • It’s not allowed to climb with bare feet.

Safety Rules

  • Stay focused on both your own and other people’s safety.
  • CHECK your partner before and after a climb.
  • You can tie in with a direct 8-knot or double bowline.
  • Always one hand on the braking rope.
  • Use the 5-step or tunneling technique for belaying.
  • Give other climbers enough space.
  • The maximum height without a rope is the horizontal line of the first bolts.
  • Don’t use unnecessary equipment on your harness.
  • Never untie the safety system during belaying or climbing.
  • Forbidden to climb under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Don’t wear jewelry during climbing.

Additional Lead Climbing Rules

  • For lead climbing both climber and belayer need additional permission of the USC.
  • Give other climbers enough space.
  • Clip all bolts. The usage of bolt 1 is optional.
  • Make use of a safety mat.
  • Always put the rope back in the two snappers of the top anchor.
  • You can get a rope at the front desk for the lead climbing bridge.
  • Lead climbing is not allowed with 6 teams or more in the climbing gym.
  • Lead climbing on rope 1 and 17 is not allowed.

ASAC, the students climbing club

Since 2010 you find the Amsterdamse Studenten Alpen Club in the USC climbing hall. There are several club nights. Yearly ASAC organises their Open Club Championships in Universum. As an ASAC member you get a discount on onetime entries and memberships at the USC. ASAC regularly organises weekend trips abroad. Check asac.nl

Arrangements

It is possible to arrange an introduction class for large groups (e.g. student associations, schools) at a favourable fee. For rates and possibilities please contact sportklimmen@usc.uva.nl.

Kids climbing party

If you want to have a kids climbing party please contact Sport4kidz (USC partner), via www.sport4kidz.nl

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Climbing off peak / 10x

Category I € 33.50

Category II € 43,-

Category III € 52.50

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Climbing peak hours / 10x

Category I € 51,-

Category II € 71.50

Category III € 86,-

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Climbing OFF PEAK / summer, valid in July and August

Category I € 14,-

Category II € 19,-

Category III € 25,-

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Climbing off peak / year

Category I € 122,-

Category II € 162.50

Category III € 203.50

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Climbing peak hours / year

Category I € 203.50

Category II € 271.50

Category III € 339,-

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Climbing off peak / 3 months

Category I € 36.50

Category II € 49,-

Category III € 61,-

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Climbing peak hours / 3 months

Category I € 60.50

Category II € 82,-

Category III € 103,-

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Climbing PEAK / summer, valid in July and August

Category I € 25,-

Category II € 33,-

Category III € 42,-

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Univ, Climbing advanced (5c-6b) 4x, start Tue 23 Oct 17.00

Category I € 57,-

Category II € 77,-

Category III € 95,-

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Univ, Climbing beginners 4x, start Fri 21 Sep 17.00

Category I € 57,-

Category II € 77,-

Category III € 95,-

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Univ, Climbing beginners 4x, start Fri 26 Oct 17.00 (6 left)

Category I € 57,-

Category II € 77,-

Category III € 95,-

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Univ, Climbing beginners 4x, start Sun 28 Oct 19.00

Category I € 57,-

Category II € 77,-

Category III € 95,-

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Univ, Climbing beginners 4x, start Thu 20 Sep 17.00 (3 left)

Category I € 57,-

Category II € 77,-

Category III € 95,-

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Univ, Climbing beginners 4x, start Thu 25 Oct 17.00

Category I € 57,-

Category II € 77,-

Category III € 95,-

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Univ, Climbing beginners 4x, start Wed 19 Sep 17.00

Category I € 57,-

Category II € 77,-

Category III € 95,-

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Univ, Climbing beginners 4x, start Wed 24 Oct 17.00

Category I € 57,-

Category II € 77,-

Category III € 95,-

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Univ, Climbing intermed (5a-5c) 4x, start Tue 18 Sep 17.00

Category I € 57,-

Category II € 77,-

Category III € 95,-

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Univ, Indoor lead climbing 5x, start Tue 18 Sep 17.00 (2 left)

Category I € 63,-

Category II € 87,-

Category III € 110,-

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Univ, Indoor lead climbing 5x, start Tue 23 Oct 17.00

Category I € 63,-

Category II € 87,-

Category III € 110,-

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Online or at the front desk

Opening hours climbing hall
The opening hours of the climbing hall are the same as the opening hours of sportcentrum Universum.
NB: climbing is not possible during USC and ASAC courses after 17.00. Check the timetable.

Tariffs
1x entrance peak/off-peak
Cat. I  € 6,50 / € 4,-
Cat. II  € 8,- / € 5,-
Cat. III  € 9,50 / € 6,-

Peak hours
Monday – Thursday 16.00 – 23.00
Off peak hours
Outside peak hours

Attention
NB 1: your peak membership allows you access to the off peak hours as well
NB 2: 10x punch card are valid maximally 1 year
NB 3: Your climbing entrance or climbing membership allows you access to the bouldering facilities as well.

Your bouldering entrance does not allow you access to our climbing hall.

Material for rent
harness + carabiner + belaying device cost € 3/set.
Shoes € 2,50/pair.

Payment by bank collection
Are you a student? And does your membership exceed €150? Then monthly payment by bank collection is possible. Please turn to our front desk. For non students this is possible for all memberships that exceed the amount of €250. Ask about the possibilities at your front desk.

ASAC tariffs
cat I & II students only
1x  € 5,50
10x  € 42,50
3 months  € 52,-
1 year  € 172,50

More club information
Check asac.nl

Locations

Sportcentrum Universum
Science Park 306
1098 XH Amsterdam
(020) 525 89 55

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Categorization

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Cat. I students UvA and HvA, other Dutch day universities
Cat. II employees UvA/HvA, alumni HvA, AUV-members UvA, other full time students of universities of applied sciences
Cat. III anyone else
One-time subscription fee € 10,-