Located in the HPER Building in Room 202B, the climbing wall features 6,000 square feet of climbing space split evenly between bouldering and top roping.
The bouldering wall is 12-feet tall—the top rope wall is 32-feet tall with 12 ropes. Each area lets you climb horizontal roofs, vertical walls, slab, and we have a bouldering cave and crack climbing (5.8 & 5.12 cracks).
All levels of climbers are welcome. Many climbers have no prior climbing experience, while many started in high school.
The climbing wall is open to all current students, graduate/professional students, and faculty/staff who have a RecSports membership at no cost.
Climbing shoes, harness, and belay devices are provided at no cost for those who do not have their own equipment.
All climbers must have their current UT ID to sign in and need complete a waiver each year.
All clinics are taught at the Vol Wall. Free, but spaces are limited.
Learn How to Belay—Learn how to properly use ropes to climb the top rope wall. Limit six people per session. To climb on the top rope wall, all climbers must pass a free proficiency test on belaying, harness use, and knot tying. Belay tests are available any time.
Fancy Footwork Clinic—TBA fall 2017, 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
If your climbing shoes have holes on the toe, it’s a sign your footwork needs help. Good footwork also makes climbing harder routes easier, more than strength! Taught by the professional staff of RecSports Outdoor and senior climbing staff. Limited to eight climbers.
Intro to Trad Climbing—TBA fall 2017, 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
The big lines of Yosemite National Park require use of cams, nuts, and crack climbing. Chattanooga is known for trad climbing. Get hands on with cams, nuts, and cracks with the professional staff of RecSports Outdoor and senior climbing staff. Limited to eight climbers. Must be belay checked out.
Ladies Bouldering Clinic—TBA fall 2017, 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Taught by Merry Armstrong, our senior climbing instructor and wall manager. You’ll be introduced to other climbing ladies, get help climbing better, and get you pumped to climb at UT. No experience required. Ten women limit.
Refillable chalk balls are sold for $5; Chalk bags can be rented for $1. Loose chalk is not allowed at the VOL Wall.
On Thursdays and Fridays, staff are available to provide belays. It’s perfect if your schedule doesn’t match someone else’s. Our staff is happy to give you a belay. Just ask.
Please note that staff will rotate between all climbers wanting belays. You must pass the Vol Wall belay test to climb the TR wall.
Climbing can be done alone or with friends. The VOL Wall is a great place to meet other climbers, relax, work out, and have fun.
Or find climbing partners (for inside or outside) on the UTK Vol Wall Climbers Facebook Group.