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

 

Climbing Hours: Starting August 24
Ropes and Bouldering
Mon., Thurs. & Fri. 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm


 

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 & Center. Day passes must be purchased with exact change.

Passes and Fees
Annual Climbing Pass $100 (not available)
Semester Climbing Pass $60 (not available)
Summer Climbing Pass $30
Single Use (Day) Pass $5*

*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:

     Thursdays – September 10th & 17th

     Mondays – September 21st & 28th

     Saturdays – October 24th & 31st

     Wednesdays – November 11th & 18th

  • 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:

    Thursdays – October 22nd & 29th

    With Outdoor Climbing on

    Sunday, November 1st

  • Bouldering Basics

    This course is designed for those who are looking to get into bouldering 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 offered during Fall 15

    (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 difference 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:

    Thursdays – November 5th & 12th

  • 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:

    Mondays – November 2nd & 9th

  • 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.
    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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