Rock Climbing

This page provides information on the Climbing Center at UWF Recreation & Sports Services, including a list of FAQs.


The UWF Climbing Center is located on the lower floor of the HLS Facility (Bldg 72) near the center of the building and projects up into the second floor.  Use of the Climbing Center is FREE to all Rec Center members.  Harnesses, belay devices, carabiners, and climbing shoes are available for check-out at the Climbing Center FREE of charge.  Just present your Nautilus card, and our instructors will get you all the equipment you need. Outdoor Adventure climbing instructors are there to assist you. 

Click the button to view our frequently asked questions.  Instruction is offered on a regular basis in the areas of open climbing and group services.

Climbing Wall FAQs


The climbing center is a state-of-the-art, indoor climbing wall accommodating all abilities and experience levels. At 36 ft. tall, it has plenty of challenge for everyone. There is 1500 sq. ft of climbing space with 8 top-ropes and additional bouldering only space. Routes and problems are changed regularly to provide new and interesting challenges for all participants.


Participants must have access to the HLS Facility to participate in Open Climb. The Climbing Center does honor the HLS Facility guest policy. Click the button for details on the Facility Admittance Policies.

Facility Admittance Policies

SUMMER Climbing Center Hours - Monday - Thursday, 5:00 - 8:00 pm (Open Climb)

Indoor Climbing Center Hours - Fall/Spring
Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Boulder Only)
Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm (Open Climb)
Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Open Climb)
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Boulder Only)

Informed Consent

Follow this link to view/download the Climbing Center Consent Form.

Rockwall Certification Process

Participants are given one introductory top-rope climb with a staff belayer, after which they must proceed with our certification process. For beginners this starts with the Belay Clinic. On a different day from any instruction, a participant can request a belay test, which assesses skills to belay a climber. Once the belay test is passed, the participant becomes a beginner belayer, allowing them to belay a climber as long as they have a staff belay check and a backup belayer. After five successful days of skill checks, the beginner belayer becomes certified, no longer needing a staff belay check or a backup belayer.