Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor rock climbing

Using the indoor rock-climbing wall at the UC RecCentre is free for members. All climbers intending to climb above the bouldering line must register with the UC Climbing Club.

Routes are reset four times a year by the UC Climbing Club, who also run ‘have a go’ sessions and regular club nights. Our wall is very popular and has some exciting and challenging features for avid climbers as well as beginner routes.


Our climbing wall features a variety of challenges with a realistic climbing experience, including:

  • A slab
  • Two overhangs
  • An abseil platform
  • Curved overhanging 'cave' section
  • Rockcote surface
  • Cracks and features
  • Conventional holds

Get started

  • Let the receptionist know before you use the wall.
  • The wall is for bouldering only. Keep below the halfway line.
  • Please wear suitable shoes at all times (no street shoes or bare feet).
  • Shirts to be worn at all times.
  • If rope climbing above the bouldering line, please ensure you are on our climbing register.
  • Use of the Schmetzer Tester is prohibited.

Failure to adhere to these rules may result in you being asked to leave the facility immediately with no refund and/or cancellation of membership.

Learn to climb with the UC Climbing Club or meet other climbers on climbing club nights. Including opportunities to head off on climbing road trips beyond our walls.

Climbing nights

  • Regular climbing nights are on Wednesdays 7pm - 9pm at the UC RecCentre Climbing wall. Suitable for anyone from beginner through advanced, it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people.
  • The club also runs sessions on Monday nights outdoors at the YMCA and Friday nights at Uprising.

Learn to climb

  • Contact the UC Climbing Club for Learn to Climb opportunities.


Charges to use climbing wall and equipment hire

  • Use of the climbing wall is free for members. Charges apply for non-members.
  • UC RecCentre does not hire climbing equipment. You will need to provide your own or attend UC Climbing Club nights.

Charges to use the climbing wall

  • Members or casual visitors can use the climbing wall for free.
  • Climbing club members can use the wall for free on designated club nights during term time only. The climbing club provides free equipment for these nights.

More Information

For more information on our rock climbing wall, about the UC Climbing Club or how to get involved, contact our Group Fitness & Customer Experience Team Leader.