Climbing Center

Climbing Center

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Nebraska's most varied climbing terrain offers climbers the chance to enjoy the benefits of rock climbing in one of the flattest states in the US. Come join a welcoming and committed climbing community.

  • Today's Hours

  • Outdoor Adventures Center (OAC)

  • 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Climbing Wall

  • 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Climbing Center Hours

  • Day of Week Time of Day
    Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Try-It Climbs and Skills Checks are available Monday-Friday beginning at 12:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday beginning at 10:00 a.m.

    Purchase a Climbing Pass

Try-It Climb

New to climbing and want to try it out? Every enrolled student at UNL is offered a free climb each semester. If you're not currently enrolled at UNL, you will need a valid climbing pass for a Try-It Climb session.

Waiver

If you are at least 18 years old, you will complete the form before you climb. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to have a Guardian Youth Release form signed before you come.

Climbing Wall Waiver

Group Climbing

Group reservations are available for the Climbing Center. Typical rentals happen on weekend mornings when the wall is closed. If you're interested in a group reservation, please fill out the Climbing Wall Group Inquiry form.

Climbing Wall Group Inquiry

FAQ

Youth and minor expectations and privileges:
Age Responsibilities
5 years old
  • Youth climbers must be climbing with their guardian or supervisor.
  • Parent or legal guardian must sign release, a family friend or temporary care giver cannot legally perform this duty.
  • Youth climbers cannot belay unless approved by the Outdoor Adventures staff.
  • Youth climbers must pass a Youth Skills Check to ensure awareness of expectations in the facility.
16 years old
  • Climbers are no longer able to climb as dependents on their guardian's Annual Pass.
  • Parent or legal guardian must sign release, a family friend or temporary care giver cannot legally perform this duty.
  • Climbers of this age are eligible to take a Belay Skills Check.
18 years old
  • The climber can complete their own release.
If I am not a member or a student of UNL, may I use the climbing facility?

Yes! You can purchase a Day Pass for $15 at the Member Service Desk in the Outdoor Adventures Center. This provides access to the gym during regular hours. A day pass includes access to all Campus Recreation Facilities as well.

As a student of CREC member, how much does it cost?

Your first Try-it Climb is free. After using the free Try-it Climb, we encourage you to take a Climbing Basics Class. The 2-hour class will get you up to speed on all the technical stuff you’ll need to know to keep climbing consistently. After taking the class and passing the included skills check, you will have unlimited access to climbing during open hours for one year (access is only valid if you remain enrolled as a student at UNL).

Do I need to have climbing experience before I come to take the climbing class or use my 1 free climb per semester?

No! We see it as our job to help make climbing accessible to you. If you are interested in trying out climbing come on in and we can get you set to go.

Where do I go and how do I use my free Try-It Climb?

You may reserve your Try-it climb by RSVP’ing through our web portal. Simply add the Try-it Climb to your cart. After you complete your purchase, you will be emailed a link to reserve an available climbing time. Only 2 climbers are allowed to take part in a Try it Climb at any one time.

I have previous climbing experience; do I need to sit through another introductory class in order to climb?

No! You can perform a Top Rope Skills Check with our staff during normal operational hours. For UNL Students and CRec Members, the cost for a skills check is $20.00. After passing the skills check, it will remain valid for 365 days. If you are not a UNL student or CRec Member, the rate for a skills check is $25 and includes a day pass for the remainder of the day.

Does the wall have belayers or anyone to climb with?

Yes! Staff are available beginning at noon each day. While they are available to assist you with your climbing or belaying needs, we strongly encourage you to connect with fellow climbers rather than rely on our staff for belays.

A Lead Climbing Skills Check is also available for the same rate. If you already possess a valid Top Rope Skills Check and would like to challenge to receive a Lead Climbing Skills Check, there is no charge for attempting the Lead option. However, when you pass, your Lead Skills Check will expire on the original date of your existing Top Rope Skills Check.

Can I bring my own climbing gear?

You may use your own gear at the discretion of the wall staff.