Climbing Wall

Male Student Climbing on Rockwall

*The rock climbing wall is temporarily closed during our Phase I reopening* 

The Student Recreation Center climbing wall boasts a 35-foot wall with 2275 square feet of climbing area. The wall features numerous top ropes, 5 auto belays, and quickdraws for lead climbing. Painted across the wall is a dotted black line that marks the bouldering height. We have a climber training area set up around the wall. This includes a campus wall, peg board, weights, and climber-tailored pull up “bars.” Climbing is fun, challenging, and offers opportunities for exercise, camaraderie, and self-discovery. Our staff members love climbing and want you to love it too! We will provide you with all safety gear, climbing shoes, and information that are needed for you to have a safe and enjoyable time on our wall.  Bring your own chalk. Free beginner climbing orientations are available every day of the week to teach the novice climber proper knots and belay technique.

If you are interested in working at the climbing wall, please see the Join Our Team tab on the left navigation bar.

▼   Hours (Temporarily closed during our Phase I reopening)

2:00-8:00 PM

The rock wall will open Monday-Friday, 3:00-8:00 PM, during the weeks that we hold our 2021 summer camps.

Saturday-Sunday 2:00-6:00 PM

The rock wall is open any day that the Student Recreation Center is open.  Please see our facility hours of operation for more information.

▼   Cost and Access

The rock wall is free for all currently enrolled students and members of the Student Recreation Center.

You may purchase a membership if you are a faculty/staff, alumni, retiree, or affiliate of USA, or a spouse/dependent of those. Please see our membership page for more information.

If you are not a current student or member of the Student Recreation Center, you may come as a guest.  Our guest fee is $10/day and includes access to the entire facility, not just the rock wall, and you must come with a current student or member.

We are not open to the public.

▼   Ages and Waiver

Ages: The climbing wall is open to ages 6+. Children must be at least 6 years old to climb; our climbing shoes start at kids’ size 2. All members and guests who are between the ages of 6-16 are restricted to the facility dependent hours and can climb Fridays after 4:00 PM, Saturdays 2:00-6:00 PM, and Sundays 2:00-6:00 PM.  The parent/guardian must be present at the wall when dependents age 6-15 are climbing.

Everyone is required to sign a liability waiver to climb the rock wall. This waiver is good for one year.  All students, members, and guests age 19+ can sign their own waiver. All students, members, and guests under age 19 (the legal age in Alabama) must have a parent/guardian sign their waiver.  If you are under the age of 19, please download this waiver, have your parent/guardian sign it, and bring it with you to the rock wall.

▼   Everest Challenge

Mount Everest, located on the Nepal-China (Tibet) border, is the tallest mountain in the world, measuring in at 29,029 feet above sea level. More than 4,000 people have climbed Everest, and about 800 people attempt to climb it each year. The mountain has claimed over 300 lives. While there is no real technical difficulty in the climb, altitude sickness and severe weather conditions cause inherent dangers. The cost to climb Everest can range from $25-75k as well as requiring around two months of a climber’s life. The Outdoor Adventures staff would like to propose a much safer and less expensive alternative to the actual climb. Every time you climb to the top of the rockwall, record the number of climbs in our Everest Challenge binder. We will start you at base camp elevation at 17,700 feet. 324 climbs represent the required 11,329 feet to the summit.

Completing the challenge within one semester will earn you a free Everest t-shirt as supply allows. There is no cost to anyone who wishes to participate. The climbing challenge will begin the first day of classes and run through the last day of finals of each semester. You may enter at any time, though the later you enter, the fewer number of days you have to complete the challenge. If you have already completed the Everest challenge, we have a new challenge for you! Check it out under “Rules” on your checklist.


  1. 324 climbs to the top
  2. Time requirement: one semester
  3. Your last climb must be one grade harder than anything you have completed and must be witnessed by an employee. (Example: You have climbed a 5.7 at some time before in the gym. You must climb a 5.8 as your final climb of the challenge) 

SECOND EVEREST CHALLENGE: If you have completed the Everest Challenge before, you have new rules! Your first 323 climbs must be at the grade which you completed your last Everest. Your 324th climb must still be one grade harder than anything you have climbed at the end of the challenge. Your last climb must still be witnessed by an employee.

▼   Birthday Parties and Wall Rental

Birthday parties and wall rental are currently unavailable due to COVID-19. 

The climbing wall is available to rent outside of its regular hours for your birthday party or group event. Birthday parties and other children’s events are Saturdays at 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, 12:00-2:00 PM or 6:00-8:00 PM and can accommodate 20 children. Parties are $200 for a two-hour minimum block. To organize your birthday reservation, please complete the facility reservation form under Facility Rentals and email it to

You may arrive 30 minutes before your birthday party/event to set up. All food will be served on the back deck; no food is allowed in the climbing wall. During inclement weather, we will provide tables indoors. Guests may not use any other area of the Student Recreation Center. You may cancel your event within 48 hours of the start time for a full refund. To cancel, email Cancellations made less than 48 hours before the event will not be refunded. All children present must be at least 6 years old and have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Please download this event waiver, complete one for each person in the group, and bring the day of your event.

Student organizations and academic departments may also rent the Rock Wall and are not limited to Saturdays. Please complete the facility reservation form under Facility Rentals and email it to

Per university policy, to rent event space at the University of South Alabama, Non-USA person(s) or group(s) must secure formal sponsorship from an active, recognized USA student organization or a USA academic or administrative department.