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Types of Climbing

Bouldering

Bouldering is climbing horizontally and vertically underneath the 12ft high white tape line without being attached to a rope. Bouldering allows the individual to climb without a partner or the confinement of a rope so they are free to move easily in all directions. Bouldering problems (taped climbing paths) are set on a weekly basis and holds are moved around to offer variations in the climbing terrain for an individual just learning to boulder as well as seasoned veterans. In order to boulder at the WVU wall, patrons need to view our facility orientation video. Bouldering can occur any time the SRC is open.

Rope Climbing

Rope Climbing involves at least two people. One person is the belayer and one the climber. The climber ties themselves into the rope and climbs vertically up the wall. The belayer holds the rope and catches the climber in case of a fall as well as lowers them to the ground. Vertical taped routes are set on a weekly basis.

Climbing Options:

  • Try Climbing - Whenever we are open
    • While we are open for rope climbing, our staff are available to belay you. In the event that we are too busy, staff may temporarily pause their belaying so they can effectively manage the safety of all patrons.
  • Recruit a Belayer - Make a friend
    • If you are still interested in climbing during open rope hours when our staff are busy, we welcome you to reach out to any other belayer (indicated by a green tag on their harness) and make a friend!
  • Become a Belayer
    • For a novice climber who wants to gain the basic skills, there is a belay class offered at the climbing wall. This class teaches people to belay so that they can belay other individuals up the climbing wall. Upon completion of the class, individuals may take their test any time except days in which they receive significant instruction. The belay class involves a fee of $10.00 and is available for registration through WVUGo.

Children climbing at the wall

Children can climb at the climbing wall. However, the climbing wall is not an appropriate place for a parent or guardian to drop a child and go to another part of the building (building policy states that all children age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Parents must stay and closely supervise their children while they are at the climbing wall. Children can boulder on the bottom part of the wall or the bouldering cave while a parent spots them. It is important that children do not walk underneath other people who are bouldering. If a parent is a WVU Climbing Wall belayer they can belay their children when the ropes are down.

Climbing Equipment

Participants can only use their own harness and shoes at the climbing wall. Participants must use the climbing wall’s belay devices and ropes for climbing.

Climbing harnesses, helmets, shoes and chalk bags are available to climbers free of charge. They may be picked up at the climbing wall desk when you sign in. For those people who want shoes for bouldering hours when the climbing wall desk is not staffed, you can also check out shoes at the SRC front desk.