Climbing

Quick Links:


Reach New Heights

Welcome to the Rock Climbing Wall at The WELL. All members can climb at the WELL, regardless of experience. We have qualified staff to help assist you, and routes ranging from beginner to advanced. Routes typically change every 2 months. Climbing shoes and harnesses are provided. We also sell chalk at the Equipment Desk for an affordable rate. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility and balance along with mental control. Come visit one of our staff or see the orientation video below to get started!

Bouldering is allowed during all WELL hours. The Safety Orientation below is required before the first time you climb.

Summer 2024 Top Rope Hours**

  • Monday-Friday: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Family Climb: Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm

**Hours subject to change due to holidays and adjusted facility hours.

Climbing Safety Orientation  

Members are required to complete a safety orientation before their first time climbing at The WELL. This safety orientation serves as your all-access pass to bouldering in our facility. After completing it, you are free to rent shoes and boulder in our gym any time that the WELL is open. The orientation also allows you to participate in top rope climbing with our staff during staffed top rope hours. You must earn a score of 100% on the Orientation Quiz below after watching our video! You are welcome to take the test as many times as you need to or see a Climbing Wall Attendant to complete an orientation in-person.

Safety Orientation Quiz

Hornet Hill 

Hornet Hill is our introductory route at The Wall. This route is great for beginner climbers! Participants will climb to the top of the wall, and place a ping pong ball with their name into Herky's nest. Then, the ball will roll all they way down into our case of students who have conquored the hill. At the end of each semester we draw a winner of a great giveaway. Climbers can simply stop by the wall during Top Rope hours to climb Hornet Hill. Hornet Hill is great for First Year Experience classes and teambuilding as well! E-mail climbing@unionwellinc.org to schedule your group today. 

Completing Hornet Hill in Spring 2024 will enter participants for the possibility to win one of three great prizes!

Climbing Clinics & Workshops

Climbing at The WELL is included in your memebrship at no additional charge. If you are looking to take your skills to the next level, these affordable skills workshops are for you! Climing clinics and workshops include:

Intro to Climbing - Participants will go through a safety orientation, learn some basic movement and receive 1 on 1 instructor belays or coaching for this class. This clinic is held every first Monday of the month on the following dates in Spring 2024: January 22, February 5 and March 4

Belay Clinic - We'll go over the fundamentals of top-rope climbing and belaying in our facility. This clinic is held every Tuesday of the month.

Lead Clinic - Learn the fundamentals of lead climbing and belaying. Students will work through clipping, falling, catching falls and everything in between (MUST be top rope certified at the WELL). This clinic is held every first Wednesday of the month on the following dates in Spring 2024: February 7, March 6, April 3 and May 1

Bouldering 101 Skills Clinic - Learn more advanced bouldering techniques and training programs. We will go over different techniques and put them into practice each session. This clinic is held every first Friday of the month on the following dates in Spring 2024: February 2, March 1, April 5 and May 3

Gym to Crag - Learn the skills and knowledge necessary to take your climbing outdoors. (MUST be lead certified or have taken at least one lead clinic prior). This event will be held on March 2, 2024.

Register for Climbing Classes 

First Ascent Wednesdays

First Ascent Wednesdays are FREE social events at The WELL's Climbing Wall where students can experience competitive activities, challenging games, and a sense of community. Come out and raise the bar on your WELLness experience! These events are hosted on Wednesdays from 5-8 pm.

Chalk Talk
April 17- Learn about the sport with a special screening of Smile and Fight and Sleeping Lion.

Special Events  

Throughout the year The WELL hosts several competitions and events at the climbing wall. Whether you are a beginner or experienced climber we have an event for you. 

Mile High Climb
Climb 1 vertical mile at The WELL Feburary 1- February 28, 2024 and earn the Mile High shirt and other prizes! You can register up to 4 people per team, or as an individual, for $5 per person. To register, visit The WELL's front desk. Join us for the Mile High Kickoff on January 31 from 5-8 pm.

Level Up
Join us for this bouldering competition on Saturday, March 30 from 10 am- 3 pm. All abilities are encouraged! Prizes will be awarded to winners and giveaways for participants. Mandatory climber's meeting will be held at 10 am. Fee: $10 per person or $20 for non-WELL members. Register by March 30.

Go Bould'er Go Home

The Go Bould'er Go Home bouldering competition is an annual fall comp in collaboration with USA Climbing! All skill levels are encouraged to sign up. In addition to podium prizes we're giving away some awesome oppertunity drawing giveaways, plus a day of awesome climbing and friendly competition. Fall 2024 date to be announced.

Family Climbing

Family Climb is an opportunity for both WELL members, and CSUS One Card holders to bring family and children to try rock climbing! Due to our climbing and harness equipment, children must be 25lbs or more. Family Climb is held every Saturday excluding special events and holidays. Harnesses are provided. Family Climb is not open to community members. Maximum of 4 family members per WELL member or One Card holder.

Family Climb is Saturday from 10am-3pm

WELL Members 

  • Adult: Free
  • Children: $5 per child, up to four children per adult 

One Card Holders 

  • Adult: $5 
  • Children: $10 per child, up to four children per adult