Upenn Recreation

Indoor Climbing Wall

Experience the thrill of rock climbing on our 40-foot climbing wall, the hub of the Pottruck Center. The wall features allow for a wide range of climbs, from beginner to advance. Climbers of all skill levels can challenge themselves, hone their skills, and keep in shape. Climbing wall programs include informal passes, introductory courses through advanced courses, and clinics.

Fall Climbing Hours: September 1-December 19
Ropes and Bouldering
Monday–Thursday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Passes and Fees

A variety of climbing passes are available to Pottruck Center members. Equipment is included in all packages. Passes may be purchased at the Membership Services Office located in the Pottruck Center. Day passes must be purchased with exact change.

Passes and Fees
Annual Climbing Pass $100
Semester Climbing Pass $60
½ Semester Climbing Pass $30
Single Use (Day) Pass $5


  • Belay Lesson 

    Looking to brush up on your belay skills? This 1 hour course serves as a refresher to those that may have learned how to belay in the past and are looking for some guidance and reassurance that they still possess the skill. Previous belay experience is required. Those with no experience are  encouraged to take Climbing 101. To schedule a lesson, please contact or visit Membership Services.

Indoor Climbing Instruction

  • Climbing 101

    This is a 3 week course emphasizing climbing equipment, knots, and belay techniques. This course is designed for people interested in learning the foundations of climbing as well as those that are interested in belaying. The 3 week format allows students to perfect their belay technique. For more information please contact Jason Erdman. Registration is available online or in Membership Services.

  • Bouldering Basics

    Novice Level

    This course is designed for those who are looking to get into bouldering. Climb with Carmella, one of our route setters as she teaches the basics of bouldering from fundamental movement techniques, to route reading and strategy. This course will focus on climbing our easiest boulder problems on the wall ranging from V0-V1. No experience required. Registration is available online or in Membership Services.

    Intermediate Level

    Take your bouldering to the next level. Climb with Carmella, as she coaches you on the techniques, tips, and tricks necessary to climb intermediate bouldering problems ranging from V2-V4. Registration is available online or in Membership Services.

  • Intro to Climbing Movement

    Whether you are new to climbing or just want to work on your technique, this course is designed to introduce participants to the fundamental movement techniques necessary for climbing. This 2 week course will incorporate difference exercises and drills for both bouldering and top-roping. No experience required. Registration is available online or in Membership Services.
    • Learn to Lead

      Get on the sharp end of the rope and learn the fundamentals of indoor sport climbing in this 3-week instructional course. This course will teach proper clipping and belay techniques as lead climbing strategy. Learn to identify the risks involved with lead climbing and how to manage them. Climbers interested in this course must be top-rope belay certified and must be able to comfortably climb top-rope routes that are 5.8 in difficulty. Registration is available online or in Membership Services.
      • Private Climbing Instruction

        If you can’t make any of our scheduled courses or you are one that thrives on 1 on 1 teaching, then private instruction is just for you. Learn anything that is taught in our instructional courses or customize the instruction to fit your needs and your schedule. We are willing to accommodate any date and time, depending on instructor availability. Each session is 2 hours long. Registration is available in Membership Services.

        Today’s Hours

        Thursday December 18, 2014

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