The UNC Wellness Center at NW Cary features a state of the art 38 foot Rock Climbing Wall and separate, 10 foot Bouldering Wall made by Entre-Prises.  Members and guests of all ability levels, 4 years of age and older may come to climb our Rock Wall during open hours and will have a large selection of challenging routes to choose from. In addition to various instructional and educational courses offered, members are allowed to reserve the Rock Wall for their special event, party or group visit! We will provide all climbers with the necessary gear and instruction. Waivers are mandatory for all new climbers prior to using the wall. First time climbers will also be given a Rock Wall Orientation. Click on the pictures to the right to view and print your waiver and review our climbing wall policies.

Climbing Wall Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 3-8pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10-1pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10-5pm

Rock Climbing Classes

Please check the online calendar for dates and times.

Learn to Belay
Wednesday from 6-8pm & Saturdays from 12-2pm
Our Learn to Belay Course is a two hour class that introduces the fundamental belay skills required to independently use the rock wall. This course is required for all climbers, regardless of prior climbing experience or knowledge, who wish to belay and top rope independently at the wall. The one-time fee for the class is $10 for members & $15 for non-members.  Pre-Registration for the belay class is required.

Upon completion of the Learn to Belay class, participants are required to take and pass our belay test in order to become certified. Class participants must wait at least 24 hours after the class to take the test or upon further practice with instructors.

Learn to Lead
Let our experienced instructors help you transition from top rope to lead climbing.  This two hour class will cover the ins and outs of lead climbing, including proper clipping technique, safe belay technique and how to safely take a lead fall. Upon completion of this course, participants should be equipped with everything they need to know to pass our lead test.

Technique Essentials
Our 1 hour Technique Essentials class is the peanut butter to the proverbial belay jelly.  The other half, if you will.  This course is designed to provide participants who are new to climbing an overview of basic climbing concepts and give a brief intro to bouldering.  Participants will learn about route grades, climbing movement and safe bouldering/spotting tips.   Pre-registration is required.  Inquire at the Rock Wall for class scheduling/offerings.

Rock Stars- Ages 8-12
Hoping to improve your climbing experience and reach that next grade?  This 1 hour class is perfect for youth climbers who want to expand their skills on the climbing wall.  Rock Stars is designed to provide participants who are new to climbing an overview of basic climbing concepts and introduce them to bouldering.  The class will also focus on safety and climbing etiquette. Pre-registration is required.  $5 fee at the time of registration.

Jr. Rock Stars- Ages 4-7
Is your Jr. Rock Star looking to learn more about climbing? This 1 hour course is designed to provide younger youth climbers with a better understanding of climbing movement and introduce them to bouldering.  The class will also focus on safety and climbing etiquette. Pre-registration is required.  $5 fee at the time of registration.

Parties & Group Visits

Birthday Parties
Cost: $199 for 2 hours 

The UNC Wellness Center at NW Cary Rock Climbing Wall offers a fun and exciting experience for members/guests celebrating their birthdays (ages 4 and up). Parties include 1 hour of climbing followed by 1 hour in our private classroom. No refreshments will be provided, but the host is allowed to bring food, favors, and birthday cake. We will provide all of the climbing gear, ropes, and staff to assist with belaying. The birthday member/guest will receive a rock climbing shirt.  Climbing is always first, followed by the refreshments/party time in the classroom. Space is allowed for up to 10 partipants in the party. Only members/guests ages 4 and up AND with a signed parental waiver are allowed to climb.

Please fill out this form and contact Joe Bass at 984-974-5900  or Joseph.bass@unch.unc.edu to assure availability and register. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot at least two weeks prior to the party. This will secure your place, staff availability, and allow time for member notification. 

Group Visits

Interested in bringing a group of friends or family to the Climbing Wall?  Our Group Visits offer members/guests the option to reserve the Climbing Wall exclusively for up to 1 hour.

Each group visit includes staff belayers who work with your group to ensure the best experience possible and space is allowed for up to 10 participants!! Only members/guests ages 4 and up AND with a signed parental waiver are allowed to climb.

Please fill out this form and contact Joe Bass at 984-974-5900 or Joseph.Bass@unch.unc.edu to assure availability and register. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot at least two weeks prior to the party.

Outdoor Adventure & Guided Trips

Living in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors.  UNC Wellness Centers and the Climbing Wall crew are all geared up and ready to take you on the adventure of your dreams!  Whether you like to paddle, hike, or climb, or are looking for a new passion or pastime, we have trips for everyone.

Our experienced staff will provide safety, instruction and fun for families, individuals and groups of all ages.  Join a group or let us customize a trip for you and your friends and family! Discover new places and meet outdoorsy friends, all with the comfort of staying close to home!

Check out our Programs Calendar for upcoming and Trips and Details or come by the Climbing Wall and we will lay it all out for you!