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Introductory climbing class offered at San Juan College

Health and Human Performance Center plans climbing classes for all skill levels
Groups are encouraged to contact HHPC about specialized classes. (Courtesy San Juan College)

An Intro to Gym Climbing class will be held Wednesdays through February at the Health and Human Performance Center on the San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd., in Farmington.

Lucy J. Haber, public relations coordinator at the college, said the climbing wall was built in 2000, when the HHPC was completed.

The class is designed for the beginning climber or for one who wishes to gain a review of the basics of Bouldering, Movement and Top Rope climbing in an indoor climbing gym setting. Dates are Feb. 8, 15, 22 and March 1.

The skills necessary to safely belay and climb at the HHPC climbing facility will be taught. Topics covered include types of indoor climbing, safety, knots, belaying, ratings, gear and basic climbing techniques.

Health and Human Performance Center offers all levels of climbing instruction. (Courtesy San Juan College)

Rock climbing and bouldering differ in the way each is executed and the equipment required. Rock climbing, sometimes also known as rope climbing, is done with a rope and protective gear, while bouldering only requires climbing shoes and the use of a crash pad to break your landings.

Soft landings at the HHPC climbing wall. (Courtesy San Juan College)

A class fee of $30 includes the gear and an entry pass. The class is open to ages 14 and up and limited to 15 climbers. Those interested should sign up before Feb. 7.

Instructors Jeffrey Downing and Kevin Seoul, certified by the American Mountain Guides Association, teach at all levels, from beginning to advanced. Downing has been a climbing wall instructor since 2014, and Kevin has been with Health and Human Performance Center for nearly two years.

Roman McCabe, outdoor recreation coordinator, said HHPC looks forward to holding more climbing classes this year for climbers at all different levels. Groups are encouraged to contact him for specialized instruction. McCabe said climbing is highly team-oriented and serves as an excellent educational tool.

The HHPC also hosts birthday parties at the climbing wall.

A climbing wall experiences make for fun, memorable parties. (Courtesy San Juan College)

For more information about the Health and Human Performance Center Climbing Wall, or to sign up for the Intro to Gym Climbing class, call (505) 566-3487