Climbing Wall - University of Houston
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Climbing Wall

The 53 foot tall climbing wall is the awe-inspiring focal point of the University of Houston’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC). Built by Nicros in 2003, this massive 6,110 square foot A.R.T Wall™ illustrates how a climbing wall can be functional as well as an architectural show piece. The climbing wall has been featured in several climbing magazines and is the pride of the Nicros organization.


For more information on Climbing Wall reservations, please visit to sign up

Frequently Asked Questions

All current members of the CRWC are eligible to climb – This includes students enrolled in classes and individuals who have purchased memberships. CRWC members may sponsor a guest by purchasing a Guest Pass at the Welcome Desk Member Services. See our Member Services page for mor information on passes and memberships.

If you are a current member of the CRWC or are a sponsored guest, there is no additional cost!

Absolutely no experience is necessary! Our wall has a variety of routes to climb, from novice to expert.

Children ages 8 and older may climb the wall permitted a parent/guardian is present at all times and the individual is physically large enough to fit the harness.

To climb the wall, a harness and shoes are required. This gear can be checked out by presenting your Cougar Card to the Welcome Desk - Equipment Issue located next to the climbing wall. Chalk bags may also be checked out pending availability. Advanced equipment is accessible to those knowledgeable of usage.

The OA Office is located in the back of the CRWC – next to the Main Gym 3 and natatorium entrance. For more information regarding OA and equipment rentals, please stop by!

The wall is available for private rentals – including team building workshops, student organizations, birthday parties, and other off-campus groups. The pricing structure varies depending upon the group size and length of rental. For more information, please see Reservations.

  • All climbers must have a reservation prior to climbing.
  • All climbers (parent or legal guardian if under 18) must sign the Release and Indemnification Agreement and the Authorization for use of image, voice, performance, artwork, or likeness form prior to climbing.
  • All climbers must wear a face covering at all times.
  • Bags are not permitted at the Climbing Wall, lockers are available downstairs.
  • Climbers must bring their own chalk.
  • Climbing Wall area maximum capacity is 2, one climber on each side (left side, right side).
  • Climbers must wash or sanitize their hands before climbing. We encourage you to practice good hygiene and sanitize during and after your climb as well.
  • The use of headphones and/or mobile technology is prohibited while bouldering.
  • Closed-toed and closed-heeled shoes are required within the climbing wall area.
  • Climbing shoes are required while climbing.
  • While bouldering, climbers’ heads may not raise higher than the pictographs.
  • Bouldering requires the use of a crash pad, spotting is not permitted at this time.
  • Top Rope and Lead climbing are not permitted at this time.
  • For your safety, patrons are asked to follow the direction of the climbing wall staff at all times. Failure to do so could result in the removal from the climbing area.
  • Any actions that are perceived as dangerous or negligent when climbing could result in the suspension of privileges.

For information contact:
Outdoor Adventure Office