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PE 1651: Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Climber outdoors at Peterskill

Learn basic rock climbing skills on real rock! We’ll spend a glorious weekend climbing, tent camping, and relaxing at Minnewaska State Park in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. We will cover climbing equipment and technique, knots, belaying, rappelling, and natural history.


Course Fee

Students: $395
Community: $425
CU Faculty/Staff: $410

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course. 

Fee Notes

Includes all climbing equipment and group camping gear (tents, stoves, etc.)
If you don't have your own, personal camping gear (sleeping bag, headlamp, etc.) is available for rent at a 25% discount. See Equipment List below for details.


Participation in all class sessions is required in order to receive PE credit.


No prior experience necessary

Drop Deadline

September 4th


Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


Medical Form
Lindseth Climbing Waiver

Section 1 Schedule




Monday 9/9/24 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday 9/11/24 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fri-Sun 9/13/24 to 9/15/24 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Section 2 Schedule




Monday 9/16/24 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday 9/18/24 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fri-Sun 9/20/24 to 9/22/24 5:00pm to 10:00pm

 Rock Climbing Equipment List

* These items are provided by COE and are covered in the course fee.
** These items can be rented from the COE Outfitting. Prices below reflect 25% discount, tax not included.

  • Synthetic base layers for bad weather

  • Cotton t-shirts for nice weather
  • Closed toe shoes.  No sandals, even around camp!
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • **Waterproof rain jacket with hood, available for $7.50 from COE Outfitting
  • **Waterproof rain pants, available for $6.00 from COE Outfitting
  • Warm hat
  • 1-2 Insulating layers: fleece or synthetic fill jacket
  • Warm gloves
Camping Items
  • *Sleeping bag, rated for 25F or lower
  • *Sleeping pad
  • Pillow (optional)
  • Bowl, spoon, mug
  • *Pack or duffel bag to carry it all
Personal Items
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • **Working headlamp and an extra set of fresh batteries, available for $9.00 from COE Outfitting
  • Personal medicine
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Food or money for travel meals
  • Camera (optional)
  • Water bottles to hold 2 liters of water
Climbing Gear
  • *Helmet
  • *Harness
  • *Climbing shoes
  • Backpack to carry personal and a some of group climbing gear
Group Gear
  • * Tents and Tarps
  • * Cooking gear & Food
  • * First Aid Kit
  • * Climbing Equipment