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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.
  • 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.
  • Improve your efficiency and technique.
  • Required experience: you have finished the beginners course or you have similar experience.

Advanced course

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

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 6 months of toprope experience.

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.

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 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 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 Sun 3 Jun 19.00

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Thu 26 April 17.00

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Tue 5 Jun 17.00 (1 left)

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Wed 25 Apr 17.00

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x beginners, start Wed 6 Jun 17.00 (6 left)

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x intermed, start Tue 24 Apr 17.00

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Climbing 4x intermed, start Tue 5 Jun 17.00

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

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Univ, Indoor lead climbing 4x, start Tue 24 Apr 17.00

Category I € 52.50

Category II € 71,-

Category III € 89,-

UnavailableTariff categories

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,-