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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.

Spring 2022 Top Rope Hours **
  • Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Bouldering Hours: Available anytime The WELL is open

**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 2022 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!

Register for Climbing Classes

Gym to Crag Class

Learn the skills and knowledge necessary to take your climbing outdoors. This course willcover how to sport climb outside including: outdoor ethics, clipping draws, building anchors,cleaning anchors, rappelling, etc. Members must be lead certified or have taken at least onelead clinic prior. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register!

Schedule: 10am-3pm on March 5th and April 9th
Capacity:  8 participants

Belay Clinic

In this class we will go over the fundamentals of top-rope climbing and belaying in our facility. Students will learn how to tie-in, how to belay and other helpful introductory tips to all that our climbing wall has to offer. Shoes, harness and belay device provided. Belay Clinics will be held at the Climbing Wall. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register!

Schedule: Tuesdays from 4-6pm, $5:00 per person
Capacity: 4 participants

Climbing Skills Clinic

In this skills clinic, students will learn more advanced bouldering techniques and training programs. We will go over different techniques and put them into practice each session. Staff will work with you on appropriately warming up, specific moves, specific workouts and power endurance training on our campus boards. Shoes and equipment provided. Climbing Skills Workshop will be held at the Climbing Wall. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register!

Schedule: First Friday of the month from 5-7pm, $5:00 per person
Capacity: 8 participants

Lead Clinic

In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of lead climbing and belaying. Staff will instruct and allow you to practice for the assessment during this clinic. Students will work through clipping, falling, catching falls and everything in between. If you are new to leading, taking multiple clinics is encouraged to build up your practice. Shoes, harness, belay device, rope and helmet are provided. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 per person. Pre-requisites for this class are: Top-rope Belay certified and ability to climb 5.9 without falling.

Schedule: First Wednesday of every month, 2-4pm, $5.00 per person
Capacity: 4 participants

 

 

 

Special Events  

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

Level Up Competition 

Level Up is a bouldering competition held each spring semester. Participants have a list of routes to complete. Giveaway drawings will be held throughout the event, and winners earn prizes! All climbing levels welcome. Advanced registration encouraged. Day-of registration is allowed.

March 12th, $5.00 per person
Registration: Sign up at The WELL Front Desk! 

First Ascent Mondays

First Ascent Mondays are free social events at the climbing wall where students can experience competitive activities, challenging games, and a sense of community. No registration neccessay. Simply drop-in at The Wall! 5-8pm

  • January 31st, 5-8pm - Mile High Kick off: Day one of the month long challenge to climb a mile! Join alone or on a team to get t-shirts and bragging rights!
  • February 7th, 5-8pm - Crate stacking Comp: See how high you can get while stacking crates to make a tower!
  • February 14th, 5-8pm - Valentine’s Partner Climb: See how well you climb as a team of 2 on specific boulder routes and challenges!
  • February 21st, 5-8pm - Speed Climbing and Gym Rope Intro: See how fast you can climb the wall and learn how to climb a gym rope

Mile High Climb

Join the challenge! The Mile High Climb challenge runs from February 1st - 28th each year. Climb one vertical mile (132 laps) within the month of February to receive a t-shirt! You can complete this challenge as an individual, or as a team of up to 4 people. Register at the WELL Front Desk or Engagement Center. $5 per person.  

Rules: 

  • One mile on the WELL’s Climbing wall is equal to 132 climbs (laps).
  • Teams can work together to reach the mile-high distance.
  • It’s a great idea to get belay certified for the Mile High Climb.
  • Sign up for a Belay Clinic today! Click here to sign up!
  • All 132 laps must be completed to earn the t-shirt!
  • All team members must climb to earn their t-shirt!

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.

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