Climbing & Bouldering Wall

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Spring 2018 Standard Hours: January 22 – May 2

  Climbing & Bouldering Wall
Monday – Thursday 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Sunday 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Climbing & Bouldering Wall may be closed for maintenance periods, university holidays, staff trainings, and special events. Hours subject to change.

The entrance to the climbing area can be found on the second floor of the north end of the Duncan Student Center. After coming up the main stairs walk directly to the end of the building where the check in desk will be on your right.

About the Walls

Built in 2017 by Eldorado, the Climbing & Bouldering Wall are made up of both high performance paneling and real rock textures for the maximum variety of terrain. With over 2,000 sq. ft. of climbable surface, the walls feature a diverse mix of routes accommodating all climbers from beginner to advanced.

Vertical Climbing Wall (1,125 sq. ft.)

  • Features seven top rope lines and a climbable crack.
  • Max height: 37 1/2 ft.
  • Max width: 30 ft.

Bouldering Wall (852 sq. ft.)

  • Max height: 12 ft.
  • Max width: 71 ft.

Steps to climb

The Climbing & Bouldering Wall are open free of charge to all Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff. There are 3 paths toward climbing.

  1. After signing the climbing wall waiver and taking a short orientation of the facility, you will have access to climbing at the bouldering wall.
  2. If you would like to try climbing the vertical surface of the climbing wall you can wait for the next available staff member to belay you.
  3. If you decide climbing is something you want to do on a regular basis, you can sign up for a FREE Belay Clinic and learn how to use the equipment yourself. Upon passing the belay clinic, individuals will be able to come during open hours to belay each other instead of waiting in line.  

Important Information

Shoes must be worn at all times inside the climbing area. Climbing shoes are available to check out free of charge on a first come first served basis. Closed toe shoes with backs are allowed on the wall as well as climbing shoes. No sandals, Crocs, winter boots, etc. Please consult with staff for shoe approval. You are required to clean off shoes of any dirt, snow, or mud before entering.

About the Belay Clinics

The two hour belay clinic will teach you the basic skills needed to start climbing safely and proficiently. You can expect to learn about the necessary equipment, knots, top rope climbing, belaying, communication, lowering, basic movement techniques, and our facility policies. All necessary equipment is provided. These clinics are limited to the first 10 individuals to sign up.

Spring 2018 Belay Clinics as of 2/13/18 at 3:20 p.m.

Registration opens on RecRegister for the February 24 & March 3 Belay Clinics on Friday, February 9 at Noon.

Date Time
Saturday, January 20 (FULL) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 20 (FULL) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 27 (FULL) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 27 (FULL) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 (FULL) 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 (FULL) 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10 (FULL 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10 (FULL) 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 (FULL) 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 (FULL) 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 (FULL) 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 (FULL) 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Please note: Additional Belay Clinics will be offered throughout the semester. Stay tuned for updates!

Spring 2018 Belay Skills Test Outs as of 2/8/18 at 3:00 p.m.

If you already know how to belay with a GriGri using the PBUS (Pull, Brake, Under, Slide) technique, you can attempt to get your belay certification by testing out with one of our Climbing & Bouldering Wall Staff during the below dates and times. Each step of the test out must be performed with 100% accuracy. If you do not pass with 100% accuracy, you will be required to take a Belay Clinic in order to receive your belay certification. Each test out session should last approximately 15 minutes. No pre-registration is required; test outs are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Date Time
Tuesday, January 23 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 25 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 30 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 31 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 1 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 6 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 7 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 8 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 13 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 15 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 20 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 22 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.