Programs & Classes

Newbie Nights

If you’d like to try climbing but you’re not ready to make the commitment – now is your time. Whether it’s just you and a couple of friends or a whole herd, you can come in and try out the sport.

  • When: The fourth Friday of every month (Jan 27, Feb 24, March 24, and April 21) at 8-11pm.
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Location: Rams Head Rec Center 
  • Groups bigger than 10 people please email Russell Hobart – rhobart@unc.edu

**NEW Climb and Unwind at Newbie Nights: Climbing-inspired Yoga instruction will be offered from 8-9 p.m. in Rams Head Rec Center multi-purpose room with Dana.

Auto-Belay/Bouldering Membership

This new membership level allows beginner climbers easy access to the climbing walls. New climbers will receive an orientation to the walls, which will introduce them to the safety procedures for bouldering and the auto-belays. The auto-belay is a device that allows individuals to climb by themselves by taking up the slack as they climb then slowly lowering them back down when finished. With this certification climbers will have access to bouldering and auto-belays, along with the option to be top rope belayed by friends. You can sign up for this membership online or at the SRC Main Office. Rental gear will be provided on the first experience, but afterwards the climber will either bring their own or rent gear from the walls.

Introduction to Climbing Class

The intro class will provide a thorough orientation to the facility and some of the climbing programs offered at UNC. You will learn all the basics safety skills needed to pass the Belay Test, which is required to climb at the UNC walls. Pre-registration is required.

Belay Test Challenges

If you’re an experienced climber, and feel that you do not need to take the Introduction to Climbing class, you may challenge the Belay Test. This is for experienced climbers only, who are comfortable with basic climbing techniques, risk management, and proper equipment usage and selection. A brief orientation to the facility, a review of policies and procedures, and types of climbing offered will be explained at the beginning of the clinic. Belay Test challenges may be taken any time during normal operating hours; however, receipt of payment is required at the time of the Belay Test.

 

 

 

Belay Re-Test

If you have taken the Belay Test and need to work on your skills, you can continue to re-take the Belay Test. You may take a Belay Test once every 24 hours. To re-test, please return to either Rams Head or Fetzer Climbing Walls and either provide documentation of completing the Introduction to Climbing Class or receipt of payment from a previous Belay Test Challenge. There is no cost for a re-test.

Climbing Expeditions

Outdoor climbing expeditions are facilitated by the UNC Outdoor Education Center. For more information on outdoor climbing trips, please visit our Expeditions page.

Contact: Russell Hobart rhobart@unc.edu