Outdoor Adventures Rock Climbing

The UWF Climbing Center is located downstairs in the Health, Leisure and Sports Facility and projects into the second floor with its 36-foot-high climbing wall. With 1,500 square feet of climbing space, eight top ropes and bouldering-only space, our center accommodates all abilities and experience levels. Routes and problems are changed regularly to provide new and exciting challenges for climbers. Present your active Nautilus Card to check out required climbing gear at no additional cost.


Reaching Your Peak

Reach new heights with Outdoor Adventures! Come by the UWF Climbing Center to have a great time, find new peaks, and discover just how high you can climb. We will track your climbing progress throughout the semester to see how high you can climb, and you might surprise yourself at all the new peaks you're able to reach.

Check Your Climbing Progress

Climbing Center Operations and Reservations

Reserve your time slot through IM Leagues.

Fall 2020 Hours of Operation, Climbing Center
OPEN CLIMB
DAY TIME
Monday - Thursday 4-8 p.m. 
Friday 4-7 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED
WOMEN ON THE WALL
DAY TIME
First Wednesday of every month 7-8 p.m.

COVID-19 Policies, Climbing Center

In an effort to protect our participants and minimize the spread of COVID-19, the following policies have been put in place.

  1. Participants will be required to wear face masks while in the Climbing Center
  2. The occupancy max number will be lowered from 24 to 12. This number includes climbing instructors.
  3. Climbing sessions will be reserved in 1-hour time blocks, starting at the top of the hour and ending at the bottom. Participants will be allowed to extend their reservation if an open reservation slot is available for the next hour.
  4. Participants will be asked to wash their hands before entering the Climbing Center.
  5. When checking in, participants will show a Climbing Instructor their nautilus card, the instructor will verify the participant and then log them in.
  6. Climbing Instructors will verbally walk participants through signing the digital consent form.
  7. Participants will be asked to leave personal belongings and bags outside the Climbing Center.
  8. Outdoor Adventures is suspending the use of loose climbing chalk. Participants may use a personal supply of alcohol-based liquid chalk.
  9. Participants will be allowed to use their own climbing shoes and harness.
  10. Participants will be asked to sanitize their hands before they clip in to climb and immediately after taking the carabiner off their harness.

All listed policies are based on the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Climbing Wall Association (CWA), Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), and best practice as discussed with other University Outdoor programs.


 

Clinics and Certifications

 

Top-Rope Climbing Clinics

Each clinic is a one-hour course designed to teach the necessary safety skills for top-rope climbing. Upon successful completion of this clinic, participants will be able to properly put on a harness, tie into the rope, and belay a partner. 

Participants should bring a partner if possible, although partners can be found in the course. 

Clinics are offered at the first and last hour of open climb (see hours of operation above for open climb dates and times).

Lead Climbing Sessions

For climbers who have completed the top rope belay certification and are looking for a little more climbing knowledge. We are now offering Lead Climbing educational session designed to teach the risk management skills needed for lead climbing. Upon successful completion of these sessions and certification, process climbers will be allowed to climb on mock lead in the Climbing Center.

Participants should bring a partner if possible, although partners can be found in the course. 

Location: Climbing Center, Building 72, Room 131

Dates/Times Offered: 

  • Every other Monday from 6-8 pm

Register for the Lead Climbing Clinic

Top Rope Belay Certification Process

It takes two people to top rope climb: the climber and the belayer. It’s the belayer’s responsibility to control the tension on the rope so that when the climber falls, or is ready to come down, there’s only a short drop. 

Come to the Climbing Center during normal hours of operation to start your certification process. Top rope belay certification is free to all UWF students and is awarded after successful completion of the following:

  1. 15-minute introductory top rope climbing lesson with a staff belayer
  2. One-hour Top Rope Climbing Clinic 
  3. 30-minute belay assessment administered by the Climbing Center student staff
    Beginner top rope belay status achieved! 
  4. Over the course of five days, participants will belay Climbing Center climbers with a staff belay check and backup belayer to solidify their skills. The days do not have to be consecutive and it’s up to the person seeking certification to determine what days and times they want to come in to complete these skill checks.
    Top rope belay certification complete!

Maintain your certification by re-completing the 15-minute belay test annually. 

Lead Climbing Certification Process

For participants who have completed the top rope belay certification and are looking for a little more climbing knowledge, Outdoor Adventures offers lead climbing certifications. Come to the Climbing Center during normal hours of operation to start your certification process. Lead climbing certification is free to all UWF students and is awarded after successful completion of the following: 

  1. Completed top rope belay certification
  2. One-hour Lead Climbing Clinic
  3. 30-minute lead climbing assessment
    Beginner lead climber status achieved! 
  4. Over the course of five days, participants will belay Climbing Center climbers with a staff belay check and backup belayer to solidify their skills. The days do not have to be consecutive and it’s up to the person seeking certification to determine what days and times they want to come in to complete these skill checks.
    Lead climbing certification complete!

Maintain your certification by re-completing the 15-minute lead climb test annually.

Register for the Lead Climbing Clinic



What to expect on your first trip to the Climbing Center

  1. Informed Consent Form: Climbing Center participants (or the legal guardian for those under the age of 18) are required to complete this consent form prior to their first climbing session. The form is available for download or can be completed on-site in the Climbing Center. 
    Download the Climbing Center Informed Consent Form
  2. Climbing Orientation: Participants are given one free introductory 10-minute beginner climbing orientation.

Access to the Climbing Center

The Climbing Center honors the Health, Leisure and Sports Facility guest policy, so participants must have access to the HLS Facility to use the Climbing Center. More information about the HLS Facility’s admittance policies can be found here (link).

Climbing Center FAQs

Climbing Center FAQs

What are the different types of climbing I can do at the Climbing Center?
We offer three types of climbing in the Center: top rope, bouldering and mock leading. 

  • Top rope refers to the rope being installed through the top of the wall. The tension of the rope is controlled by a person on the ground, called the belayer, who is responsible for controlling the rope tension so that when the climber falls or is ready to come down, there’s only a short drop. 
  • Bouldering is done on smaller rock formations, or boulders, closer to the ground using a thick cushion for safety rather than a rope or harness.
  • Lead climbing is done by the climber clipping themselves into existing holds along the wall or rock face. 

What is Belaying?
Belay is an Old English word meaning "to secure", and it refers to the protection system used in climbing. 

Can I come to the wall by myself, or do I need to bring a partner?
You can absolutely come by yourself! During open climb, participants are encouraged to come with or find partners to take turns belaying and climbing. First-time climbers are instructed by staff on proper belaying techniques during a 10-minute beginner climbing orientation.

How tall is the wall?
It’s 36-foot-high, with 1,500 square feet of climbing space, eight top ropes and bouldering-only space, our Climbing Center accommodates all abilities and experience levels.

What's that angled structure on the floor?
It’s a bouldering cave. Bouldering is a type of climbing that’s done closer to the ground using a thick cushion for safety rather than a rope and harness. 

What equipment do I need?
We have everything you’ll need in our Climbing Center. Present your active Nautilus Card to check out required climbing gear at no cost. Do bring your own socks though! 

What do I need to wear
Climbing is an all-body sport, so you should wear athletic clothing that allows for a full range of motion. We recommend you wear pants to protect your legs from scraping on the walls, as well as closed-toe shoes with socks.

What's all that tape on the walls?
The tape signifies routes and problems with varying degrees of difficulty for climbers to use to get to the top. Routes and problems are changed regularly to provide new and exciting challenges for climbers.

How strong is the rope?
Our ropes are designed and manufactured specifically for climbing and can hold up to 7,000 pounds.

What if I'm afraid of heights?
Come try out our bouldering cave. Bouldering is a type of climbing done close to the ground. 

How much does it cost to climb?
Climbing is free to anyone with access to the Health, Leisure and Sports Facility. We also offer special group climbing events for on-campus and off-campus groups. For pricing information on special events, please visit this (link) page. 

Who can use the wall?
Anyone with access to the Health, Leisure and Sports Facility can use the Climbing Center. We also offer special group climbing events for on-campus and off-campus groups. 


Questions? Please email outdooradventure@uwf.edu.