Climbing & Bouldering Wall

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Fall 2018 Hours: August 20 – December 9

  Standard Hours
Monday – Thursday 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Sunday 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.


There are currently no upcoming closures or modified hours scheduled.

Fall 2018 Exam Week: December 10 – 14

Date Hours
December 10 – 13 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
December 14 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Fall 2018 Christmas Break: December 15, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Date Hours
Saturday, December 15 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 CLOSED
Monday, December 17 – Friday, December 21 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 22 – Tuesday, January 1 CLOSED
Wednesday, January 2 – Friday, January 4 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 5 – Sunday, January 6 CLOSED
Monday, January 7 – Friday, January 11 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Who can climb

Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students may utilize the Climbing & Bouldering Wall. Guests are able to visit the Climbing & Bouldering Wall, but must be accompanied by Notre Dame faculty, staff, or students. A Notre Dame faculty, staff, or student can bring one guest per day. You may visit the Smith Center for Recreational Sports Front Desk on the 3rd floor of the Duncan Student Center in order to sign a waiver and purchase a guest pass for $3. A complete list of facility eligibility can be found here.


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.)
Bouldering Wall (852 sq. ft.)
  • Features seven top rope lines and a climbable crack
  • Max height: 37 1/2 ft.
  • Max width: 30 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 Belay Clinics as of 12/3/18 at 10:15 a.m.

Registration for the following Belay Clinics opens on RecRegister at Noon two weeks before clinic date and closes one hour prior to the clinic or when it is full.

Date Time
Thursday, January 24 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 19 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 28 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 4 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Belay Skills Test Outs

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. 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. Ask a Climbing & Bouldering Wall Attendant for more information during your next climb!