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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.

Fall 2022 Top Rope Hours (Starting August 22)**

  • Monday-Friday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 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 Fall 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! 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.

Belay Clinic - We'll go over the fundamentals of top-rope climbing and belaying in our facility.

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).

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.

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).

Register for Climbing Classes 

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. 

Go Bould'er Go Home

Go Bould'er Go Home is a bouldering competition on October 22, 2022 right here at the WELL climbing wall! All abilities are encouraged to compete, and we have prizes for winners as well as oppertunity drawings! Registration will open soon and, you will be able to register on our climbing clinics page.

Register for Go Bould'er Go Home

Adventure Race 2022

Teams of two will test themselves in swimming, climbing, biking and running to become the champions of the Adventure Race! Do you think you have what it takes to compete in this challenging and enjoyable event?
Registration: $20/Team or $10/Person • Registration closes at 11:30pm on October 17

Register on IM Leagues

The following events will be offered in Spring 2023:

Level Up Competition (SP23)

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.

First Ascent Mondays (SP23)

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!

Mile High Climb (SP23)

Join the challenge! The Mile High Climb challenge will return in Spring 2023. Climb one vertical mile (132 laps) within the month to receive a t-shirt! You can complete this challenge as an individual, or as a team of up to 4 people. Registration will be available at the WELL Engagement Center. $5 per person.

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