Upenn Recreation

Indoor Climbing Wall

Experience the thrill of rock climbing on our 40-foot climbing wall, the hub of the Pottruck Health & Fitness 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 classes, introductory courses through advanced courses, and clinics.Spring Slap

The Climbing Wall will be Closed Tues. 10/17 to Sat. 10/21 to prepare for our Climbing Competition on Sat. 10/21. Open Climbing will resume on Sun. 10/22

Climbing Wall Hours: Fall 17
Ropes and Bouldering
Monday & Wednesday 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday,Thursday & Friday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Passes and Fees

A variety of climbing passes are available to members of the Pottruck Health & Fitness Center. Equipment is included in all packages. Passes may be purchased at the Membership Services Office located in the Pottruck Health & Fitness Center. Day passes must be purchased with credit card. We accept Visa or MasterCard.

Passes and Fees
Annual Pass $125
Semester Pass Was $75 Now $50
Climbing + Group Exercise Annual $200
Climbing + Group Exercise Semester $110
Single Use (Day) Pass $7*

*Single Use day passes cannot be applied towards an unlimited pass.

All passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Indoor Climbing Instruction

  • Climbing 101

    This is a 2-week course emphasizing climbing equipment, knots, belay techniques and basic movement skills. This course is designed for people interested in learning the foundations of climbing as well as those that are interested in belaying. The 2 week format allows students to perfect their belay technique. For more information please contact Jason Erdman. Registration is available online or in Membership Services.

    Price: $20 for Members & Non-Members

    Upcoming Courses:

    Wednesdays – September 13th & 20th: 6-8pm

    Sundays – September 17th & 24th: 2-4pm

    Tuesdays – October 3rd & 10th: 6-8pm

    Wednesdays – November 1st & 8th: 6-8pm

    Thursdays – November 30th & December7th: 6-8pm

     

  • Gym to Crag

    Experience climbing indoors and outdoors with this course designed for beginner just getting a taste for climbing.  This course will spend 2 weeks on our indoor climbing wall following our curriculum from our Climbing 101 course, which teaches the basics of climbing equipment, belaying, and climbing techniques.  The course culminates with an outdoor climbing experience to one of Philly’s local climbing areas on Sunday Nov. 1st. For more information please contact Jason Erdman. Registration is available online or in Membership Services.

     

    Price: $60 for Members & Non-Members

    Upcoming Courses:

    Not currently offered

  • Bouldering Basics

    This course is designed for those who are looking to get into bouldering and hone their skills. 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 to intermediate boulder problems on the wall ranging from V0-V3. No experience necessary. Registration is available online or in Membership Services.

    Price: $10 for Members & Non-Members

    Upcoming Courses:

    Not currently offered

    (Please see Private Instruction if interested in course content)

  • Technique & 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 different exercises and drills for both bouldering and top-roping. No experience required. Registration is available online or in Membership Services

    Price: $20 for Members & Non-Members

    Upcoming Courses:

    Not currently offered

    (Please see Private Instruction if interested in course content)

  • Learn to Lead

    Get on the sharp end of the rope and learn the fundamentals of indoor sport climbing in this 2-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.

    Price: $20 for Members & Non-Members

    Upcoming Courses:

    Thursdays – November 9th & 16th: 6-8pm

    (Please see Private Instruction if interested in course content)

  • Private Climbing Instruction

    If you can’t make any of our scheduled courses or you are one that thrives in 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.
    Price: $30 for Members & Non-Members
  • Belay Lesson 

    Do you want to learn how to belay or are you looking to brush up on your skills? This 2-hour course will cover the equipment and techniques necessary to belay your climbing partner using the most up-to-date practices. This is a belay course only.  Those looking for more climbing instruction are encouraged to take Climbing 101. Belay lessons can be schedule any day during open climbing hours.  To schedule a lesson, please contact or visit Membership Services.
    Price: $10 for Members & Non-Members

 

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