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Climbing & Bouldering

Climbing Wall Hours

Fall & Spring
Monday – Thursday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
November 18 – November 25
December 9 – January 6
February 23 – March 2

Climbing Wall Rules

  • The climbing wall supervisor’s word is final.
  • All belayers must hold a current belay certification through Southern Adventures and are required to check-in with a valid ID before hand.
  • Non-marking, closed toed, athletic or climbing shoes only. No barefoot climbing.
  • Secure loose jewelry/glasses and remove all objects from pockets before climbing.
  • No food, drink, or gum/candy is allowed in the climbing wall area.
  • All personal equipment must be approved by the climbing wall staff.
  • Climbing helmets are recommended and are available upon request.
  • Un-roped climbing in the climbing wall area outside of regular hours is prohibited.
  • Please be courteous and respectful to other participants.
  • Climb safely and have fun!

Top Rope Climbing

Top-rope climbing is climbing that is done utilizing a safety rope that is connected to an anchor point at the top of the climb. One end of the rope is attached to the climber, and then runs up to the top of the climb, through an anchor, and back down to a safety person (known as a belayer). As the climber climbs, the belayer will take up the slack in the rope. If the climber should slip, they will not fall to the ground as they are attached to the safety line and caught by the belayer. After reaching the highest point that they can, the climber is gently lowered safely back to the ground by the belayer.

Lead Climbing

Lead Climbing differs from Top-Rope Climbing in that the climber is clipping the rope into quickdraws as they ascend. These quickdraws act as the anchor that supports the climber if they fall. The major difference from top-roping, that defines sport climbing as a form of lead climbing is that the climber is climbing above their anchor. Sport Climbing also requires a different form of belaying, and an even more intimate knowledge of climbing technique.

Climbing Wall F.A.Q.

Q. I know how to belay, can I belay at the Georgia Southern University Climbing Wall?
A. You will need to pass our belay test before you are able to belay at the rock wall.
Q. How tall is the climbing wall?
A. The shorter wall is 35’ and the taller wall is 45’.
Q. Do you have to know how to climb to be able to use the wall?
A. Not at all. We have student employees available that are very passionate about climbing and teaching others how to climb. We welcome all climbing skill levels at the climbing wall.
Q. Is there specific attire I need to wear in order to use the climbing wall?
A. You must wear closed toe shoes at the wall. Rental climbing shoes are available at the equipment checkout desk. Athletic clothing is recommended and jewelry is not permitted.

Bouldering Cave

Bouldering is climbing at a level low enough to the ground as to reduce the chances of getting hurt in the event of a fall.
Climbers participating in bouldering are generally less concerned with how high they climb, and focus instead on the difficulty of the climbing moves they can accomplish. Bouldering is a great way to train specific technique and to develop real climbing strength. The bouldering cave is open concurrently with the RAC. Please see RAC hours for more information.

Bouldering Night Out

Bouldering Night Out (BNO) is a monthly event that Southern Adventures hosts at our bouldering cave the last Thursday of each month during the semester. Each BNO has a different theme and we strongly encourage individuals to dress to the theme (we usually have a best-dressed prize)! This event is open to all ranges of experience, whether you are an experienced climber or a first timer this event is fun for everyone. Prizes are raffled at each BNO, but you must be participating in the event to get the goods. No sign up is needed for BNO, just show up to participate anytime between 4-9pm the last Thursday each month for a great time at the bouldering cave.

Men’s or Women’s:

Beginner (V0-V2)
Intermediate (V3-V5)
Advanced (V6+)

Climbing Clinics

Our climbing clinics consist of free climbing programs geared to help prepare you for leading a safe, ethical, and enjoyable rock climbing trips. We highly recommend participation in other areas of the Outdoor Leadership program to supplement the climbing skills that can be utilized through this program. Register for these free clinics here (please note that you must be registered to attend the clinic). All Clinics will be held in the Southern Adventures Center at the Recreation Activities Center unless otherwise noted.

Open High Challenge Course

These free programs are designed to give Georgia Southern students the ability to participate on a high challenge course without having to organize a group. There are several open high challenge courses during the semester. Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure a spot on the course. Walk-up registration may be possible, but will not guarantee your enrollment. You can pre-register by stopping by the Southern Adventures Center during our open hours or by calling 912-478-7227.

Visit the Open Challenge Course Page for more information!

Last updated: 8/2/2023