Climbing Wall

rock wall

The 53 foot tall climbing wall is the awe-inspiring focal point of the University of Houston’s Recreation and Wellness Center.  Built by Nicros in 2003, this massive 6100 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.  February is climbing month at Campus Rec. We encourage everyone to participate in the month long Anti-Gravity climbing festival.  It is the largest climbing competition in Houston and allows experienced and novice climbers to mingle, test their skills, and win free gear. 


Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 2:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 2:00 – 6:00pm


rock wall

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the climbing wall?
The Rock Climbing Wall is located in the University of Houston’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC). The 53′ wall has over 6000 square feet of climbing area and features two auto belays, five top rope lines, and a variety of realistic natural features.

What are the climbing wall hours?
Monday – Friday: 2:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 2:00 – 6:00pm

Who can climb the wall?
All current members of the CRWC are eligible to climb – This includes students enrolled in classes and individual memberships. CRWC members may "sponsor" a guest by purchasing a Daily Guest Pass at the CRWC Welcome Desk for $7.00 adult/ $4.00 child. Individuals without a membership or a sponsorship are not permitted into the CRWC.

What is the cost to climb at UH?
If you are a current member of the CRWC, or are admitted into the facility on Daily Guest Pass, there is no additional cost!

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

What is the age/size minimum permitted to climb?
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 full-body harness.

How do I check out the equipment needed to climb?
To climb the wall, a harness and shoes are required. This gear can be obtained by presenting your Cougar1Card to the Equipment Lending desk located next to the rock wall. Chalk bags may also be checked out pending availability. Advanced equipment is accessible to those knowledgeable of usage.

Where is the Outdoor Adventure office located? What are the OA Office hours?
The OA Office is located in the back of the CRWC – next to the badminton courts and natatorium. For more information regarding OA and equipment rentals, please stop by! The hours are Monday and Friday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.

Can I rent the climbing wall for a private event?
The rock 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 the "Reservations" link found under the "Facilities" tab on the UH Recreation website.


For information contact:
Outdoor Adventure Office
713-743-9512
 outdoors@uh.edu