Masked students climb at the UWild Crags Climbing Center.

UWild classes are for everyone! Learn new skills, find friends, and have fun with the Rec professionals on the UWild team! This quarter we’re offering only a few classes which will be in-person or hybrid, so that we can focus on re-opening our outdoor spaces. Come have an adventure with us!

Please click on the link below to register for these events. All times are Pacific Standard. In-person classes are open to all spring quarter students.

The UWild Gear Garage is anticipated to open in April by reservation only; find biking, camping, mountaineering, backpacking, fishing, and rock climbing equipment rentals at reasonable rates here:

We anticipate opening the Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) and Golf Range in the spring; check their webpages for more information! &

Register online starting March 22!

Register Here

Or simply click the class titles below! 

Wilderness Educator and Adventure Leadership

Difficulty: Open to all

Hybrid: recorded lecture modules + five in-person meetings. Open to students only. Cost is $100.

Session A in-person dates/times: 4/18; 4/25; 5/2; 5/16; 5/23 (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for all dates)
Session B in-person dates/times: 4/18; 4/25; 5/2; 5/16; 5/23 (1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for all dates)
Registration closes April 9.

Essential equipment for each activity and instruction ( as needed) is provided through the course. A packing list will be provided in the first class session.

Class location varies. Course prerequisites: interest in leading outdoor adventures. Open to students only.

UWild Adventures’ Wilderness Educator program is the first step on the trail to becoming a trip leader and instructor. This course covers the essential skills that every wilderness instructor, guide, and trip leader must develop – backcountry decision making, risk mitigation and management, leave no trace ethics, group development and management, and some essential technical skills.

This course will consist of five pre-recorded learning modules and five in-person meetings where we will implement the skills presented in that week’s learning modules. Participants can expect to participate in team-building activities, rock climbing, sea kayaking, land navigation (map and compass), and mountain biking. This course will provide great opportunities to see the sports you love through the lens of a leader; you will walk away from this course with the skills essential to lead trips for programs like UWild!

*This course does not guarantee employment as a UWild instructor but does provide participants with all non-medical requirements for the position of trip leader.

If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Anderson: uwild[@]uw[dot]edu.

Basic Climbing

Difficulty: open to all students.

Five sessions, each one runs Tuesday & Thursday. Dates/times:

SESSION 1: April 6 & 8, 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
SESSION 2: April 20 & 22, 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
SESSION 3: May 4 & 6, 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
SESSION 4: May 18 & 20, 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
SESSION 5: June 1 & 3, 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Register online, in-person, or over the phone. Pre-registration is required. Open to students only.

Fee: $30. Fee includes equipment for class and belay exam.

This beginner-friendly class covers the basic skills of climbing at an affordable price. You will work with an instructor over two two-hour sessions on all the skills necessary for basic climbing at Crags Climbing Center and beyond! This class provides all the essential knowledge to start climbing on the right foot (pun intended!)

Topics include: knots, overview of climbing equipment, belay technique (using the rope to maintain the security of the climber) & basic climbing technique!

Keep in mind:

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UW Recreation recommends that you obtain a comprehensive physical examination and consult with a licensed physician before beginning this or any exercise program. When participating in this exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release UW Recreation from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising from the use of these videos or live stream productions.