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Climbing Wall & Bouldering Grotto

The University of Maryland's 55-foot tall freestanding climbing wall is one of the tallest on the East Coast. Come experience physical and social wellness by exercising in a new environment and meeting new people.

Access to the climbing wall and bouldering grotto is included with a RecWell membership. Simply check in with your University ID or RecWell membership card at the Adventure Program, and we'll get you climbing right away, regardless of any previous climbing experience. We have a variety of climbing options for all skill levels. Check out our current climbing routes and bouldering problems

Climbing Wall
(August 30 through October 21)
4pm to 8pm 12pm to 4 pm Closed 4pm to 8pm
Climbing Wall closed for the season October 22 Closed Closed Closed Closed
Climbing Wall Closed for the season Closed for the season Closed for the season

Spring Final Exam & Interim hours are located on the RecWell Alerts page

Climbing Wall
Season Opening March 14
MON through THURS
4pm to 8pm
2pm to 6pm
4pm to 8pm
Facility MON through THURS FRI through SUN
Climbing Wall 5pm to 9pm Closed

  • Review and sign our informed consent and release form.
  • Wear comfortable clothing. Jeans and cutoff jeans are not recommended.  Shirts are required.
  • Jewelry; especially rings and watches, should be removed before climbing. Long hair should be tied back.
  • Bring water in a plastic, re-sealable container to drink. 
  • Ask for assistance when needed. Our trained climbing wall staff is happy to help.

There are several routes participants can take to become belay certified at the Climbing Wall.
1. If you've been belay certified before or have previous experience, you can take a belay test during our open hours with a climbing wall supervisor. If you pass, you will be belay certified. If you fail, you will be required to take a Climb Safe Clinic before you retake the belay test.

2. If you've never belayed before or need a refresher on our system, you can take our Climb Safe Clinic. The two hour Climb Safe Clinic is free and will give you the knowledge and experience to successfully pass the climbing wall's belay test. After taking the Climb Safe Clinic, you must successfully pass our belay test three times to become certified to belay at the RecWell Climbing Wall. Sign up here or by going to We will offer Climb Safe Clinics during the Fall Semester Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 6 PM - 8 PM.

A note about Climb Safe Clinics: Please arrive at the Climbing Wall and check-in no later than 5 minutes prior to the clinic start time. You will need to have a completed a waiver online at In the event of inclement weather, please keep an eye on the UMD Adventure Page where we will make any climbing wall closure notices. If the climbing wall is closed then the clinic is canceled. Finally, if for whatever reason you can no longer attend, please cancel your sign-up and email the Coordinator for Bike Shop, Climbing Wall, and Rental Desk at 

Belay certifications are good at our climbing wall for a year. After a year, you will be required to recertify by taking our belay test. 

The Climbing Wall values inclusion and is committed to creating spaces that are accessible to all members of the UMD community. To foster community for underrepresented groups, we are hosting affinity spaces at the climbing wall throughout the spring semester. Affinity spaces can be a place for underrepresented people in a community to come together to feel less isolated and more connected.

Fall 2022 Offerings:

Women's Climb Nights: Fridays, September 9th and 30th from 6 - 8 PM

Climbers of Color Nights: Fridays, September 16th and October 7th from 6 - 8 PM

Pride Climb Nights: Fridays, September 23rd and October 14th from 6 - 8 PM

Adaptive Climbing Days: Sundays, October 2nd and 15th, from 2-4 PM


No registration is required, all are welcome. Join us, meet members of the climbing community, and have fun!


  • All climbers must check-in at the Adventure Program desk with a university ID or RecWell membership card and have a signed informed consent release form on file.
  • All climbers must be belayed by an Adventure Program certified belayer, unless following the bouldering rules.
  • While bouldering, at least one foot must stay below your hands at all times. No topping out on the grotto and no climbing above or below other climbers while bouldering on the wall or grotto.
  • You may not be in the climbing area if you have received any medical treatment or are using any medication that could impair your alertness or coordination.
  • Adventure Program certified belayers may use Adventure Program belay devices. No Grigri’s or other personal belay devices may be used.
  • All climbers must wear shoes that cover their entire foot while climbing.
  • All patrons must wear a shirt while in the fenced area of the Climbing Wall.
  • Harnesses, helmets, and shoes are all available to borrow for free. 
  • Climbers and belayers must have any personal equipment checked by staff. Equipment deemed unsafe will not be permitted.
  • All equipment must be used according to manufacturer recommendations.
  • All belayers must be anchored tight to the belay stations while belaying.
  • No sitting on the ground while belaying at any time.
  • Patrons may not teach belaying to others, regardless of their comfort or skill level.
  • You must be a current RecWell member over 18 years old to take a belay test or become belay certified.
  • Behaviors deemed unsafe by the Climbing Wall Staff will not be allowed and can result in being asked to leave the premises.
  • All injuries must be reported to the Climbing Wall Staff.  
  • RecWell is not responsible for the personal belongings of patrons. Lockers are available in the ERC.

 Smoking, tobacco, gum, alcohol, and drug use is prohibited.

  • No one will be permitted to enter the facility if deemed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Animals are not allowed (except service animals).
  • This is a family-friendly facility; respectful language and behavior is expected from everyone.
  • Report damage or equipment misuse to the Climbing Wall Staff.
  • In an emergency, climbers must immediately follow the instructions of the Climbing Wall Staff to clear the area as directed.

Violations of these rules and regulations may result in suspension of all recreation privileges or administrative and/or judicial sanction. University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) facility privileges may be permanently revoked for serious or repeated violations.

The Annual UMD Climbing Competition is back! Join us October 29th from 10am-4pm to climb a variety of routes, make friends, eat great food, and win prizes! All skill levels are welcome.


Registration is required, cost is $10. All college students are welcome!


The climbing wall and bouldering grotto are located behind the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC). If you are facing the main entrance of the ERC, use the steps on the west side of the ERC near the Outdoor Aquatic Center to go down a level to the climbing wall. Hours listed are weather permitting; announcements regarding closures due to weather will be made on the RecWell homepage and via the Adventure Program Facebook page.

Contact Us

Portrait of Alex Gebhart

Alex Gebhart

Coordinator, Bike Shop, Climbing Wall, & Rental Desk
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