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Accessing the UNC Climbing Walls

Anyone wishing to climb at the UNC Climbing Walls must have a current UNC One Card with a Campus Recreation membership and he/she must fill out a Climbing Wall Waiver. For eligible non-students, Campus Recreation memberships may be purchased at the UNC One Card office during regular business hours.

Individuals who wish to take the Belay Test may take the Intro to Climbing Course or sign up for the Belay Test Challenge. All Courses take place in Rams Head Recreation Center. Individuals can register online or in person at the Campus Recreation Administrative Office in the SRC.

Visit the Hours of Operations page to see when Climbing Walls are available for drop-in climbing.


For questions regarding the Climbing Walls and Climbing programs, please contact Russell Hobart, Assistant Director for Climbing Programs.

Equipment Rentals

Any participant who would like to rent equipment while climbing at one of the walls must purchase an equipment rental card. Equipment can be rented on an individual basis, or participants can purchase an unlimited equipment rental card. Please visit the SRC Main Office to equipment rental purchases.

Rental Prices

  • Climbing shoes- $3
  • Harness – $2
  • Chalk bag and belt – $1
  • Belay device and locking carabiner – $1

Rental Packages and Deals:

  • Annual equipment Rental Card (Purchased 8/17/15 – 8/1/16) – $50
  • Semester Equipment Rental Card (Purchased 1/4/16 – 7/29/16) – $30

All students who purchase an equipment rental card must bring proof of purchase receipt to the Rams Head Climbing Wall before renting equipment and will not be issued equipment until they are belay certified.


Climbing Programs & Classes

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 our Belay Test required in order 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.

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