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SP.255 / ESG.SP255 Physics of Rock Climbing, Spring 2006

Climber on Mt. Arapiles in Australia.

A climber on Mt. Arapiles in Australia. (Image courtesy of, as posted by adski.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features summaries of class discussions in the lecture notes section and student projects.

Course Description

SP.255 is a lecture, discussion, and project based seminar about the physics of rock climbing. Participants are first exposed to the unsolved problems in the climbing community that could be answered by research and then asked to solve a small part of one of these problems. The seminar provides an introduction to engineering problems, an opportunity to practice communication skills, and a brief stab at doing some research. This seminar explicitly does not include climbing instruction nor is climbing/mountaineering experience a prerequisite.


David Custer

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session



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