Climbing Wall

The Climbing Wall offers 3,500 square feet of climbing to students, faculty and staff of any skill or experience level.

campus recreation climbing wall

The Climbing Wall is found in the heart of the Outdoor Adventure Center, which can be accessed by entering Burdick Hall through the main entrance.

Campus Recreation members of all skill levels are welcome to use the Climbing Wall. The OAC staff possess the knowledge and skills to help first-time and seasoned climbers alike.  The Climbing Wall is able to accommodate individuals with hearing, sight, or mobility impairments – please let the OAC staff know what they can do to help make your experience great!

Know Before You Go

Climbing Wall Guidelines

Climbers and belayers of all skill sets and abilities are welcome in the Outdoor Adventure Center. If a climber or belayer requires an adaptation to traditional climbing methods, please see a Campus Rec employee prior to climbing or belaying.

  • Jewelry including rings, necklaces, and dangling earrings are not permitted while climbing or belaying. Any participant wearing jewelry will be asked to remove the item before they can participate. If the jewelry is unable to be removed, the individual may participate at their own risk.
  • Hair extending beyond the shoulders must be tied back when climbing or belaying.
  • All pockets must be empty when climbing.
  • The use of headphones, stereos, speakers, or other devices to project personal music is not permitted.
  • Loose chalk is not permitted, only chalk balls may be used.
  • Personal harnesses and belay equipment must be International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation approved.
  • Clinics and workshops have priority over routes. Instructors may ask climbers to move to another route.
  • No food products and beverages other than water are permitted on the Climbing Wall floor.
  • Climbing above the first quick draw without using a rope is not permitted.
  • Climbers must tie directly into the harness using a figure eight follow-though and a finish knot. All knots are to be dressed and set.
  • All top rope belayers must possess a Towson University-issued Top Rope Belay Endorsement in order to top rope belay at the Climbing Wall.
  • All lead climbers must possess a Towson University-issued Lead Endorsement in order to lead climb or lead belay at the Climbing Wall.
  • All belayers must remain standing and keep their brake hand on the rope when belaying.
  • Lead climbers should move as vertically as possible and clip in to the quickdraws associated with the attempted route. Lead traverses are not permitted.
  • Top rope climbing is not permitted on the ropes directly beside a lead climber.
  • Report all emergencies, maintenance issues, vandalism, or misuse of facilities to a Campus Recreation employee or calling 410-704-2367. 

Failure to follow or adhere to the above guidelines and/or the direction of Campus Recreation staff may result in disciplinary action.

Climbing wall faq

When is the Climbing Wall open?

The Climbing Wall is open when the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) is open. View our OAC hours

Can I bring a Guest?

Guests are welcome to the Outdoor Adventure Center. Please purchase a guest pass online or at Membership & Guest Services prior to arrival. Guests must be at least 18 years old.   

How can I belay?

In order to belay at the Outdoor Adventure Center, participants will need to pass a skills check. Skills checks can be done on the spot – just ask the Supervisor on shift. If a participant fails a skills check, they can retake the skills check after 24 hours.  Participants who have never belayed before are encouraged to register and participate in a Top Rope Belay Clinic.

Is there bouldering?

No, we do not allow bouldering at our facility.

 Is there lead climbing?

Yes, we do have lead climbing. Participants can learn the basics of lead climbing by taking a Lead Climbing Clinic. Lead skills checks are also available upon request.  Participants may mock lead as well in order to prepare and practice for lead climbing.

My body is one that might have specific requirements due to mobility, sight, or hearing impairments. Can I still climb?

The Outdoor Adventure Center welcomes climbers of all abilities and skill levels. We have equipment that can suit every climber of every body type. New climbers that require adaptive climbing techniques are encouraged to also attend our adaptive climbing sessions (but do not let that stop you from coming in during our open hours!) 

My group/club/team wants to climb together – how do we go about this?

The Climbing Wall is available for group programs when the Outdoor Adventure Center is not open. Please scroll to the “Group Programs” section and complete a request. 

Clinics

The Climbing Wall offers Top Rope and Lead Climbing Clinics to Towson University students, faculty, and staff. When a participant successfully completes a clinic, they will obtain the Towson University-issued Top Rope or Lead Climbing endorsement necessary to belay, lead climb, and/or lead belay at the Climbing Wall.

Clinics

Climbing Basics Clinic

New this semester! Participate in our two-part clinic that will introduce you to the foundations of rock climbing as a sport. In your first session, you will learn about the equipment, how to tie in, and how to belay. The second session will cover the basic movements and techniques that you can use to help you rock climb.

This clinic is perfect for beginners or first-time climbers!

Dates:

Feb. 5 and 12 March 27 and April 3
Feb. 13 and 20 April 2 and 9
Feb. 19 and 26 April 10 and 17
Feb. 27 and March 6 April 30 and May 7
March 5 and 12 May 8 and 15

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

Fee: $20

Registration ahead of time is preferred. Reserve your spot through the portal or by visiting Membership & Guest Services.

Movement & Technique Clinic

The Movement & Technique clinic is here to help guide your climbing so you can move more efficiently on the wall. The instructors will review general climbing techniques, watch the participants, and give out any necessary pointers.

This clinic is great for climbers of all skill sets!

Dates:  Feb. 14, March 14, April 18, and May 16

Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $10

Registration ahead of time is preferred. Reserve your spot through the portal or by visiting Membership & Guest Services.

Lead Climbing Clinic

Join in on a lead climbing clinic, where you'll learn the fundamentals of lead climbing, clipping in, movement and footwork, and lead belaying.

This clinic is great for intermediate and advanced climbers - we ask that participants be able to climb a 5.9 and possess a Top Rope Belay Endorsement at the OAC.

Dates: Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Fee: $20

Registration ahead of time is preferred. Reserve your spot through the portal or by visiting Membership & Guest Services.

Adaptive Climbing Open Sessions

Towson University Outdoor Adventures is committed to providing new opportunities to everyone. Our Adaptive Climbing Open Sessions welcome all individuals with all types of disabilities and with all levels of indoor climbing experiences. We invite individuals both with and without disabilities to join us for these open sessions – to try something new, reach a new goal, or just to see what this is all about!

ADAPTIVE CLIMBING open Sessions

Dates

February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11

Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Group Programs

All Towson University organizations and the Towson University community are able to reserve the Climbing Wall for a group program. The Climbing Wall provides users with the opportunity to try something new and to get to know one another on a different level.  Our Climbing Wall group programs are custom-designed to fit your group’s needs. Climbing Wall reservation rates are as follows: 

Session Type

TU Student Price

TU Fac/Staff Price

Off-Campus Price

2-Hour Program

$10.00

$12.50

$15.00

3-Hour Program

$15.00

$18.75

$23.00

In order to protect the accessibility for the students and members who support the Climbing Wall, group programs are only available during closed hours. This allows our staff to focus their attention on providing excellent customer service for your group.

How to Sign Up