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Housing two climbing walls, Campus Rec offers around 5,000 square feet of climbing as well as a bouldering wall and cave. With highly trained climbing staff, the walls are safe and easy to access, even for those who have never climbed before. Visit us at Rams Head Climbing Wall or Fetzer Climbing Wall during our operating hours.

To climb at the wall, you need a membership. If you’re interested in trying out climbing before you make a commitment, check out our events page for upcoming events like Newbie Night and Lunch Time Climb. 

  • Autobelay/Bouldering Membership – After an orientation to our facilities, this allows you to use our autobelays (3 at Rams, 1 at Fetzer) and boulder (most bouldering is at Fetzer). For your first entry you will be able to borrow free rental gear. ($5)
  • Belay Test Challenge Membership – This membership is for experienced climbers who already know how to belay. For the test, you will have to be able to put on the harness correctly, check someone else’s harness, tie a figure-8 knot, check someone else’s knot, set up the belay device, take in rope without your hand leaving the rope, catch an unannounced fall, along with other skills. The test is free with Intro to Climbing class. ($10)
  • Intro to Climbing – This class will provide a thorough orientation to the facilities and some of the climbing programs offered at UNC. You will learn all the basic safety skills needed to pass the Belay Test. Students may take the Belay Test on their following visit to the climbing wall. ($20)
  • Little Ramses Mega Ultimate Climbing Club – Kids can learn how to climb in this brand new club designed with them in mind. Tap into the joy and skills of climbing for kids ages 8-15 of the Carolina Community. We will meet once a month to create fun atmosphere that focuses on safety and learning climbing skills. ($75)

In addition to indoor climbing, the climbing program at UNC is also dedicated to outdoor rock climbing and offers many great opportunities to get outside and learn the fundamentals. We typically offer several rock climbing trips and clinics at the wall where we teach everything from basic belay technique to traditional multi-pitch climbing and everything in between. Visit the expeditions page for upcoming outdoor climbing trips!

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