Climbing Center

The Climbing Center at the Rec provides a variety of opportunities for climbers ranging from beginner to advanced. While the main wall is only open during specific hours, our bouldering cave is available for climbing whenever the Rec is open. For specific questions, feel free to reach out or stop by the Outdoor Pursuit Center

Anyone can climb! You don't need to be part of any club or even have your own gear! Our friendly staff at the climbing wall desk are there to get you started. They'll introduce you to the sport and our facility, help you rent gear, and give you tips along the way.

Ways to Climb

Bouldering

  • Climbing without any harnesses or ropes at lower heights and above thick padding.

Auto-belays

  • Use of auto-belays requires a 5 minute orientation with a staff member.
  • You must be wearing a harness to use auto-belays. If you do not have one of your own, you can rent one at the wall desk.

Patron Belay

  • You may belay another patron as long as you have passed our belay test (Valid for the remainder of the academic year).
  • A harness is needed for both climber and belayer. The belayer will also need a belay device. All pieces of equipment are available for rent at the desk.
  • Patrons can learn to belay in a climbing clinic (see climbing clinic tab).

Staff Belay

  • $3.00 per climb
  • A single staff belayed climb ends when you reach the top of the wall or decide to be lowered.
  • A harness is needed to have a staff member belay you.

Not a Rec Member? Simply purchase a Rec Daily Pass at the Pro Shop and proceed to the Climbing Center. This purchase will include a voucher for a complimentary staff belay ($2.50 harness rental not included).

Open Bouldering Policy

  • Use of the bouldering cave is permitted anytime the facility is open.
  • Open bouldering is only permitted in bouldering cave (bouldering on main wall only allowed when climbing center is open).
  • Climbing is an inherently dangerous activity that may lead to serious injury or death. "CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK".
  • Climb only as high as you feel comfortable falling or jumping from.
  • Inappropriate use of the climbing area may result in loss of climbing privileges and/or access to the Recreational Center.
  • Do not hang on light fixtures or climb above where the climbing holds stop.
  • Persons under 15 years old are required to have supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Persons under the age of 5 are not permitted to boulder.
  • Close-toed shoes are required for climbing
  • Shoes must be worn for walking around climbing area

Safe Bouldering Resources

Climbing Wall Equipment Rentals

Rentals are available per visit. All rental equipment must be returned at the end of your climbing session

  • Climbing Shoes–$3.50
  • Harness–$2.50
  • Belay Device–$2.50
Looking to purchase your own climbing equipment? Check out the selection in the Pro Shop.

Services

  • Staff Belay–$3.00 per climb 
  • Belay Test–$10.00

Intro to Climbing Clinic

If you are wanting to become more independent in the sport of climbing, this is the clinic for you. With a main focus on the skill of belaying, you will learn and practice basics such as tying a climber in, and getting set up to climb as well as the important skills of properly managing the rope for another climber. Instructors will also answer questions and coach on other beginner techniques to make you a stronger climber as time permits. This is a 2 hour semi-private (4:1 student to instructor ratio) clinic that includes the rental of essential equipment and the cost of the belay test to be taken at least 1 week later.

Clinics scheduled by request

Clinic Fee: $25 per person

Already know how to belay? Take our belay test ($10, valid for remainder of academic year).

Rental Information

The Climbing Center offers the opportunity to host exclusive climbing programs outside of our operating hours, and semi-exclusive programs when the wall is open. If your group is interested in reserving the wall for unique social events such as Greek events, residence hall outings, boy/girl scout activities or birthday celebrations submit a Facility Rental Request. Please allow at least two weeks for reservations.

Questions? Contact Jim Wachenheim at 513-529-8177

Climbing Info

Anyone can climb! You don't need to be part of any club or even have your own gear! Our friendly staff at the climbing wall desk are there to get you started. They'll introduce you to the sport and our facility, help you rent gear, and give you tips along the way.

Ways to Climb

Bouldering

  • Climbing without any harnesses or ropes at lower heights and above thick padding.

Auto-belays

  • Use of auto-belays requires a 5 minute orientation with a staff member.
  • You must be wearing a harness to use auto-belays. If you do not have one of your own, you can rent one at the wall desk.

Patron Belay

  • You may belay another patron as long as you have passed our belay test (Valid for the remainder of the academic year).
  • A harness is needed for both climber and belayer. The belayer will also need a belay device. All pieces of equipment are available for rent at the desk.
  • Patrons can learn to belay in a climbing clinic (see climbing clinic tab).

Staff Belay

  • $3.00 per climb
  • A single staff belayed climb ends when you reach the top of the wall or decide to be lowered.
  • A harness is needed to have a staff member belay you.

Not a Rec Member? Simply purchase a Rec Daily Pass at the Pro Shop and proceed to the Climbing Center. This purchase will include a voucher for a complimentary staff belay ($2.50 harness rental not included).

Bouldering

Open Bouldering Policy

  • Use of the bouldering cave is permitted anytime the facility is open.
  • Open bouldering is only permitted in bouldering cave (bouldering on main wall only allowed when climbing center is open).
  • Climbing is an inherently dangerous activity that may lead to serious injury or death. "CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK".
  • Climb only as high as you feel comfortable falling or jumping from.
  • Inappropriate use of the climbing area may result in loss of climbing privileges and/or access to the Recreational Center.
  • Do not hang on light fixtures or climb above where the climbing holds stop.
  • Persons under 15 years old are required to have supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Persons under the age of 5 are not permitted to boulder.
  • Close-toed shoes are required for climbing
  • Shoes must be worn for walking around climbing area

Safe Bouldering Resources

Wall Prices

Climbing Wall Equipment Rentals

Rentals are available per visit. All rental equipment must be returned at the end of your climbing session

  • Climbing Shoes–$3.50
  • Harness–$2.50
  • Belay Device–$2.50
Looking to purchase your own climbing equipment? Check out the selection in the Pro Shop.

Services

  • Staff Belay–$3.00 per climb 
  • Belay Test–$10.00

Climbing Clinics

Intro to Climbing Clinic

If you are wanting to become more independent in the sport of climbing, this is the clinic for you. With a main focus on the skill of belaying, you will learn and practice basics such as tying a climber in, and getting set up to climb as well as the important skills of properly managing the rope for another climber. Instructors will also answer questions and coach on other beginner techniques to make you a stronger climber as time permits. This is a 2 hour semi-private (4:1 student to instructor ratio) clinic that includes the rental of essential equipment and the cost of the belay test to be taken at least 1 week later.

Clinics scheduled by request

Clinic Fee: $25 per person

Already know how to belay? Take our belay test ($10, valid for remainder of academic year).

Rent the Wall

Rental Information

The Climbing Center offers the opportunity to host exclusive climbing programs outside of our operating hours, and semi-exclusive programs when the wall is open. If your group is interested in reserving the wall for unique social events such as Greek events, residence hall outings, boy/girl scout activities or birthday celebrations submit a Facility Rental Request. Please allow at least two weeks for reservations.

Questions? Contact Jim Wachenheim at 513-529-8177

Climbing Center Hours of Operation

Fall Hours 

August 27–December 16
Monday–Thursday: 4:00–9:30 p.m.
Friday–Sunday: 2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Winter Hours 

December 16–January 27
Monday-Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00-6:00 p.m.

Special Hours

December 17-28: CLOSED
December 29: 2:00-4:00 p.m. for Family Fun Day
December 30-January 3: CLOSED

Bridget Oliver
513-529-1434
oliverbm@MiamiOH.edu

Climbing Wall Association