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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: January 31, February 28, March 27, April 17
  • Time: 8-11pm
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Location: Rams Head Rec Center 
  • Groups bigger than 10 people please email Russell Hobart –

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.

Climbing Guest Day Pass

Climbing Guest Day Passes can be purchased for $15 by UNC One Card holder with current Climbing Wall Membership at the Front Desk of Ram’s Head Recreation Center or the Student Recreation Center. The pass includes entry, orientation, belay test and rental equipment. Belay test, waiver and orientation may need to be repeated each visit. Sponsors must accompany guests at all times and are limited to a maximum of two [2] guests per day. Sponsors are responsible for the actions of their guests.

Private Events

Interested in having a private event at the Rams Head Climbing wall? We can host private events on weekdays from 2pm to 4pm or 8pm to 10pm! Email Courtney George at for pricing and more information.

Contact: Russell Hobart