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.

Spring 2018 Standard Hours: May 3 – 20

    Climbing & Bouldering Wall
May 3 – 4   4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
May 5   2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
May 6   2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
May 7 – 10   4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
May 11   4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
May 12   2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
May 13   2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
May 14 – 17   4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
May 18 – 20   CLOSED


Date Time Event
April 21 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Due to the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game, the Climbing & Bouldering Wall will be closed on April 21 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
April 29 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. RecSports facilities (Smith Center for Recreational Sports, Rockne Memorial, & North Dome)
will close on Sunday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. in order for our student employees to attend our
end of the year Student Staff Appreciation & MOST Outstanding Awards Show.
This banquet celebrates the continued dedication student employees have for RecSports
that enables you to enjoy RecSports facilities, programs, and services daily!

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


The climbing & bouldering walls are located in Duncan Student Center. The entrance is on the north end of the 2nd floor. After coming up the grand staircase, 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. Children under 18 are not permitted to use the climbing & bouldering wall. 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.

Upcoming Spring 2018 Belay Clinics as of 4/2/18 at 10:30 a.m.

Registration for the following Belay Clinics opens on RecRegister on Wednesday, March 21 at Noon.

Date Time
Sunday, March 25 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3 (FULL) 7:45 – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 (FULL) 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17 (1 spot remains!) 7:45 – 10:00 p.m.
Upcoming Spring 2018 Belay Skills Test Outs as of 3/21/18

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, March 20 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 22 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 27 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 5 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.