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Climbing Wall “VOL Wall”

Located in the HPER Building in Room 202B (Google Map), 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 25′ long bouldering cave, and 2 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.

Vol Wall Climber

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.

See clinic schedule

Intro to Climbing &  Belay
M,Tu, W. Starting at 6 pm for 1.5 hours

Learn how to properly climb and the use ropes to climb the top rope wall. Limit six people per session. To belay on the top rope wall, all climbers must pass a free proficiency test on belaying, harness use, and knot tying.

To just climb the top rope wall to try it out, you don’t need to pass a test. Our staff can provide a belay and help you out for free.

Belay tests are available anytime.


Lead Climbing Mini Course —
TBD for Fall 2018
Climbing outside in TN requires knowing how to lead climb and lead belay.

Over 3 evenings, this mini-course, taught by our full-time professional coordinator, teaches you the essentials of lead climbing and lead belay.

From clipping bolts to giving out slack in the rope, to cleaning anchors, and rappelling.

Limited to eight climbers. Must be able to comfortably climb 5.9 indoors on a TR. Must be top rope belay checked out.

Registration required for this course (Online. Free. Includes equipment if needed).

Questions? Email Brad, who is teaching this mini-course.


Women’s Climb Time & Meetup
Thursdays, 6 pm – 7:30 pm in Fall 2018
Find camaraderie and develop a close bond over the shared passion of climbing.

Get inspiration from fellow Vol badass girls who climb, whether you have never climbed before or crank 5.11.


Refillable Petzl chalk balls are sold for $5; Chalk bags can be rented for $1. Loose chalk is not allowed at the VOL Wall.

Staff can provide belays anytime the wall is open, M-F. 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 1-2 staff will rotate between all climbers wanting belays.

Starting in fall 2017, you don’t need to pass a Vol Wall belay test to climb the 30 foot tall wall. If you want to belay, you must be Vol Wall belay checked.

If you know how to belay, you can belay your friend who doesn’t – your friend will use a special webbing style harness.

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.

Look for the large climbing wall signage on the glass doors of HPER.

Our guided trips are meant for those with no experience through intermediate level climbers (5.11) who want to climb on real rock, who want to learn to lead climb, or learn with professional level instruction.

Trips include all equipment, transportation, and instruction.

March 2019

Introduction to Rock Climbing
Obed Wild & Scenic Recreation Area, TN
Sat, Mar. 9
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

April 2019

Learn to Lead Climb Outside - Obed
Obed Wild & Scenic Recreation Area, TN
Sat, Apr. 13
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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