Climbing Area

patrons climbing on our bouldering wall

Our 1554 Sq. Ft. Climbing Area features a top-rope wall, divided into a 35 ft. tall section and a 25 ft. tall section, and well as a 12 ft. tall bouldering wall.


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Climbing Area Policies

  • Patrons must check in at climbing area desk before entering the climbing area.
  • No loose chalk.
  • Closed toed shoes required.
  • Socks must be worn with rental shoes.
  • Do not climb directly over other participants.
  • Patrons may not move or create hand or foot holds.
  • Only spill-resistant and shatter-proof drinking bottles are allowed in the climbing area.
  • Personal belongings should be stored in a day-use locker.
  • Patrons must pass the belay test before belaying other climbers.
  • Only one climber per rope lane on the climbing tower.
  • Spotting is encouraged for patrons bouldering. Down climbing is preferred!
  • Only two active climbers per seven feet (width) in the bouldering zone.
  • Patrons are not permitted to boulder above 12 feet, at hand height.
  • Any accident / incident must be reported immediately to the nearest UREC staff.
  • UREC staff hold the right to suspend climbing area privileges at any time.
  • Members 17 years of age and under must have a participant agreement completed by a legal parent or guardian before entering the climbing area.

  • Patrons must use proper “climbing commands” before climbing.
  • Patrons must perform a proper “toe-2-toe” check before climbing.
  • Patrons must utilize the PBUS (Pull, Break, Under, Slide) method when belaying.
  • Belay devices must be attached to the participant’s harness by means of a locking carabiner.
  • Patrons are not permitted to climb above top rope anchors.
  • Only the Figure-eight follow-through knot is to be used to tie-in climbers.
  • All lead climbing patrons must perform and pass the lead climbing test and skills check with competency before lead climbing.
  • Patrons will use a provided harness, or a harness that has been examined by the climbing area staff to determine its suitability. Personal gear must be either CE or UIAA certified.
  • Patrons must belay with CE or UIAA certified belay devices. Figure 8 devices are not to be used in the climbing area.
  • Patrons are not permitted to share rental gear.
  • Inform UREC staff of any loose, broken, or missing holds immediately.
  • Climbing lessons-in-progress have priority use of wall areas. Staff may ask patrons to move to another area at any time.
  • Personal training of patrons, either individually or in a group, is only allowed under the supervision UREC climbing area staff.

  • No topping out – climbing on top of the bouldering zone wall – in the bouldering zone.
  • Seamless flooring is designed for “feet first” impact. Down climbing is always recommended.
  • Participants are encouraged to always utilize a spotter when on the bouldering wall.
  • Bouldering is not permitted in the top rope area.
  • Personal belongings are not permitted on the bouldering area landing surface.