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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!

Timetable

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Week 24

Climbing at the USC: how does it work?

  • Courses at different levels.
  • Free climbing (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.

The USC climbing courses

Beginners course

  • You will finish the course with the NKBV certificate Indoor Toprope. Afterwards you are allowed to climb independently 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.
  • This course starts multiple times a year.

Intermediate course

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

Advanced course

  • 9 classes, 2 hours each.
  • Level: 6a – 7a.
  • Improve your efficiency, technique and strength.

Course on demand

  • Choose your own time and date. Minimum 2 persons.
  • For advanced climbers up to 7b too.
  • All topics on request. Improve your climbing? Rope techniques? Train your physical and mental skills? Just ask.
  • Send an e-mail to sportklimmen@usc.uva.nl and we will create your course.

Indoor lead climbing course

  • You can obtain a NKBV certificate Lead Climbing after passing the exam.
  • 4 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 half a year of climbing experience.

Climbing gear and shoes during the course?

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

Trial class climbing

Every first class of a course, which is not full, can be your free trial class. Check at our front desk.

Free 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

Check out the schedule. You can not climb during ASAC and USC courses starting at 17.00 or later.

Access policy

1. The wall is accessible if you’re in the possession of an NKBV -klimvaardigheidsbewijs or if you get a place on the USC climbing permission list.
2. You can obtain a climbing certificate after passing the USC introduction course. If you are an experienced independent 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.

House rules climbing hall

General

– Climbing is at your own risk. The USC does not accept any legal liability. As a climber you are responsible for your own and others’ safety.
– Each time you start a new route you’ll need to check whether the climber and belayer are properly secured to the belaying system.
– Climbing is allowed if you are on the “climbing list” at the desk. Are you new? Apply for a one-time check via sportklimmen@usc.uva.nl
– You can tie in to the rope with a direct 8-knot. Double bowline is allowed when both persons can check the knot. Other tie-in methods are not allowed.
– Check the availability of the climbing gym in the online agenda.
– Climbing and belaying must be done with safe, approved and non-obsolete material.
– The maximum height for climbing without a rope is your head not higher than the horizontal line of the first bolt. The second bolt if there is a mat underneath.
– It’s forbidden to climb under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
– No glass in the climbing gym.
– Store your equipment in the closet.
– Change clothes in the dressing rooms, not in the climbing gym.
– Climbing with a bare torso is not allowed.
– Coil the ropes when you are the last climber of the day.
– Take unnecessary gear away from your harness.
– Questions? Ask a USC climbing instructor. Email: sportklimmen@usc.uva.nl

Lead climbing

– Lead climbing is allowed after permission from a USC climbing instructor.
– All bolts are suitable for leading. Clip all the bolts. Only the first bolt is optional. Use a safety mat as much as possible.
– Bring your own quickdraws. Pull down the rope from the anchors. Lead the route and clip the rope back into two carabiners.
– Lead climbing on rope 1 is not allowed because of the risk of falling against the black wall. Lead climbing on rope 17 must be done with caution.
– For the routes under the black bridge a separate rope is available at the desk.

ASAC, the students climbing club

Since 2010 the Amsterdamse Studenten Alpen Club is training regularly at the USC. Wednesday night is their club night. They also organise their club championships at Universum. As an ASAC member you get a discount on onetime entries and memberships at the USC. Besides indoor climbing we regularly make trips to the Alps. 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

Subscribe

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 / year

Category I € 121,-

Category II € 161,-

Category III € 201.50

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Climbing peak hours / year

Category I € 201.50

Category II € 269,-

Category III € 335.50

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Climbing off peak / 3 months

Category I € 36.50

Category II € 48.50

Category III € 60.50

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Climbing peak hours / 3 months

Category I € 60,-

Category II € 81,-

Category III € 102,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Fri 16 Feb 17.00 FULL

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Fri 23 Mar 17.00 (3 left)

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Sun 25 Mar 19.00 FULL

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Tue 13 Feb 17.00 FULL

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Wed 14 Feb 17.00 FULL

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Wed 21 Mar 17.00

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x intermed, start Mon 12 Feb 17.00 FULL

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x intermed, start Tue 20 Mar 17.00 (3 left)

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Indoor lead climbing 4x, start Mo 12 Feb 17.00 FULL

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

FullTariff categories

Univ, Indoor lead climbing 4x, start Tue 20 Mar 17.00 (2 left)

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Subscription
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: free 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,-

ASAC tariffs
cat I and cat. II students only
You have to be an ASAC member.
Peak cat I / cat II students
1x  € 5,50
10x  € 42,50
3 months  € 51,50
1 year  € 171,-

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.

Attention ASAC
In order to pay the ASAC-tariffs you have to be member of this club.

More club information
Check www.asac.nl

Locations

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

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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,-