Climbing Center

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The UConn Climbing Center is located on the 1st floor of the Student Recreation Facility (SRF.) It covers over 5,000 sq. ft. of climbing space that reaches up to 56 feet! There are 10 top rope belay stations and a bouldering only area. Use of the Climbing Center is FREE to all SRF members. Get in great shape, challenge yourself regularly with updated climbing routes and enjoy a great time with friends. Open climbing time is available every day of the week with our staff ready to assist you.

All climbers using the UConn Climbing Center must first complete a basic 15 minute Basic Climbing Center Orientation to start boulder.  A 2 hour Top Rope Orientation must be completed to be able to use the top rope and auto belay section of the wall. See our current schedule on the sidebar for available dates and times.

Orientation registration is available 48 hours in advance at

  • Basic Orientations last approximately 15 minutes and are limited to 10 participants per class.
  • Top Rope Orientations last approximately two hours and are limited to 10 participants per class.
  • Participants who pass the Climbing Center skills test will have their UConn ID’s activated & may use the facility anytime during open climbing hours.
  • Failure to pass the skills test will require enrollment in another Orientation at a later date.







Monday - Thursday 2:00PM - 10:00PM Monday Hourly 2:00PM - 8:00PM Monday 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday 12:00PM - 8:00PM Tuesday Hourly 2:00PM - 10:00PM Wednesday 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturday 12:00PM - 4:00PM Wednesday Hourly 2:00PM - 8:00PM Friday 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Sunday 6:00PM - 10:00PM Thursday Hourly 2:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday Hourly 2:00PM - 8:00PM
Saturday Hourly 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Sunday Hourly 6:00PM  - 10:00PM

Participant Renewals

Climbing Center renewals are conducted on an annual basis at the beginning of each fall semester. Renewals require participants to complete a new climbing skills test. If you have previously completed a Climbing Center Orientation and require a renewal, please see a Climbing Center staff member during open climb hours for assistance.


Harnesses, belay devices, carabiners, climbing shoes and helmets are available for check-out at the Climbing Center free of charge. Just present your valid UConn ID and our staff will get you the equipment you need.


                                                               NO PERSONAL HARNESSES OR BELAY DEVICES ARE ALLOWED

Climbing Movement & Skills Clinics

Program Offerings:

  • September 24th
  • October 8th
  • October 22nd
  • November 5th
  • November 19th

Are you new to the world of climbing, or a climber who wants to put more intention into your physical movement?  If so, our movement clinic is just for you! Improving your movement skills can help you achieve more fluidity, efficiency, and grace in climbing. Climbers will learn footwork, balance and body positioning. Students will also learn commonly used terms associated with climbing holds.

This 2-hour movement clinic is entirely beginner-friendly and will get you started from the basics of how to warm-up, to handholds and footwork, and what the difference is between static and dynamic balance.  If you’ve ever wondered what some of the strange words like “crimp” “arête” “dyno” or “gaston” have meant, our staff is there to help break down some of the climber jargon for you, as well as to give you some pro-tips on route-reading to help you visualize success in your climbs!

Costume Climb

Program Offering:

  • October 31st

Dress up in your best costume this Halloween and come join us for a climb at the Climbing Center!  Where the better the costume the better the climb!

Our Climbing Center will be looking spook-tacular all day, and you could be one of our “Best Costume” winners! Climbers: no masks, no fake or real weapons or offensive logos allowed. Costumes must follow UConn Recreation dress code policy.

Don’t miss out on an awesome evening of climbing spirit!

Fall 2019 Bouldering Competition – $20.00

Program Offering:
    • November 9th
      • Morning Heat: 10:00am - 12:00pm
      • Afternoon Heat: 12:30 - 2:30pm
        • 35 Climbers per heat

    The UConn Bouldering Competition offers participants the opportunity to challenge each other, and to climb some of our CC Route Setters’ most creative bouldering problems.

    Climbers of all skills levels are welcome, this event is designed for maximum fun and camaraderie, in which winning takes a backseat to the love of the climb!

    All competitors will receive an event t-shirt and the top 3 male and female climbers will receive a prize!

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