Outdoor Adventures Equipment Rentals Are Available!

The Outdoor Adventures Center will be closed July 3-5, 2020. The facility will re-open at noon July 6.

Pick up on Thursday, July 2 return on Monday, July 6 for the price of a 2 day rental

Reserve Your Equipment Online Now!

Indoor Climbing is Returning!

The wall will open Monday, July 6, 2020

Two-hour time slots available

Reserve Your Indoor Climbing Spot Online Now!

You said something about climbing???

Climbing will soon be open for those climbers who want to get back in the gym. However, in light of the risks associated with COVID community spread, things will be a bit different.

We are excited to see folks in the gym again.

  • Space in the gym will be limited to 22 total climbers at any time. We will revisit this cap as the risk of COVID in our community subsides.
  • Climbing is available for Spring/Summer passholders and Campus Rec members, we will not be offering 'try-it climbs', climbing instruction, or parties/gatherings at this time.
  • Masks will be required at all times, even while climbing.
  • Climbers will need to reserve spots online through the portal linked below. Each individual can RSVP for up to 2 slots every 7 days (each slot is 1 hour, 50 minutes). If a climber has maxed out their 2 available weekly RSVP's and wants to climb more frequently, they can call the OAC (402-472-4777) to inquire if walk-up space is available in the current climbing session. This policy will be revisited based on demand for spaces and crowding.
  • All seating areas, door handles, cubbies and metal climbing gear will be wiped down and sanitized between climbing sessions. Please be aware, due to the nature of climbing holds, we cannot sanitize holds in between use. We do not recommend you resume climbing if you or people in your social network are at a high risk for COVID.
  • Passholders with a monthly pass, billing will resume in August. Be watching for more details.
  • Climbing sessions will be available at the following times:
    • Monday-Friday:
      • 12 - 1:50 pm
      • 2 - 3:50 pm
      • 4 - 5:50 pm
      • 6 - 7:50 pm
    • Saturday:
      • 10 - 11:50 am
      • 12 - 1:50 pm
      • 2 - 3:50 pm
      • 4 - 5:50 pm
    • Sunday: Closed

General Information

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, and see there's much more to climbing than merely the thrill and adrenaline.

Every enrolled student at UNL is offered a free climb each semester, so come by and check out what climbing has to offer. If you're not currently enrolled at UNL, don't let that stop you from coming in. Check out our pass options

-What do I need to know before I plan to come climb?
All climbers should be aware of the risks associated with climbing. Take a moment to review our waiver. Get a head start and complete the waiver ahead of time, so we can get you climbing as quickly as possible.

For more information, take a look at our frequently asked questions.

Climbing Wall Hours

Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Try-It Climb and Skills Checks available Monday-Friday beginning at 12pm.
Saturday - Sunday
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Try-It Climb and Skills Checks Available Saturday-Sunday beginning at 10am.
Adjusted hours during holiday breaks and special events.

Flatland Climbing Festival 2020 Final Scores [thanks to our sponsors at The Moose's Tooth]

Classes & Trips

Register for a climbing class or upcoming trip here!
View all our Adventure Trips

Climbing Basics
Every Weekday | 5–7 p.m.
Every Sunday | 3–5 p.m.
$20 UNL student or Member | $25 General Public
Class times subject to change. Visit crec.unl.edu for most up-to-date class times.
Outdoor Adventures Center, Climbing Wall
Learn the basic foundation of rope management skills, knots, equipment and policies required to climb at the Outdoor Adventures Center. Completion of class and skills check provides a one-year Climbing Pass. Interested in learning secrets of climbing like a pro? Check out the From Couch to 5.10 class.
Register Here

Outdoor Adventures Center, Climbing Wall
Join fellow adventuring families as they take to the rock. We provide the belay to get you climbing so you can focus on a great experience with your kids.
Register Here

Common Questions

Age BreakdownExpectations and Privileges
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 Coordinator of Outdoor Adventures.
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.

Can I sign my own release form?
In order to sign the release form an individual must be 18 years of age or older.

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 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.  If you are interested in climbing more consistently, please see our pass options [here] to find the level of access that fits your needs.

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 of 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.

Try-It Climb FAQs

Will I need to fill out a waiver if I am going to use my free Try-It Climb?
Yes, 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 to the wall for the free walk up!

Where do I go and how do I use my free ‘Try-It Climb’?
Simply check in with the staff at the front desk of the Outdoor Adventures Center and let them know your you are interested in using the current semester's free ‘Try-It Climb’.
*Please note, ‘Try-it Climbs are only available beginning at noon each day. Additionally, staff can only accommodate a maximum of 2 Try-it Climbers simultaneously. If you are interested in climbing with a group of friends or family please see inquire about our group rentals and Family Climbs.

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 also 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 a group to the wall to climb?
Yes, we do offer group reservations. Typical rentals happen on weekend mornings when the wall is closed. Let us take care of your group outing, fill out the Climbing Wall Group Inquiry form.

Can I bring my own climbing gear?
You may use your own gear at the discretion of the wall staff.

Updates regarding COVID

Friends and community members,

The news surrounding the impact of the Coronavirus changes with every passing hour. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we have responded by adjusting hours and access. We are always impressed by the resolve of climbers in this region. Please know, we have made each step with the goal of minimizing unnecessary risks to climbers but also those in our community.

As of Friday at 8pm, the OAC will remain temporarily closed until the heightened risk of the COVID-19 subsides.

This aligns with campus efforts to flatten the curve, but as our friends at the Bay have said: you can’t cancel community. Please continue to engage with your fellow climbers as you do your part in flattening the curve. The effort may be different than a meet up at the gym, but

  • share and brainstorm ways to stay in climbing shape with at home exercises
  • those random conversations that would have happened while climbing should still happen. Reach out, share that meme, and encourage your climbing partner
  • make plans for a big adventure when the risks subside
  • please don’t jet out to a remote location without first considering the impact to the local communities you could visit.

We will do what we can to keep in touch. Check out our Instagram feed (@unl_oa) for updates and suggestions for ways to stay connected and active. If you have suggestions for creative adventures while staying put share them here: https://go.unl.edu/microadventure

For those of you with community monthly or annual passes, you will be hearing more about how we will freeze your pass and payments.

We hope to see you when the OAC resumes operations.

In the meantime, stay well and stay connected.


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