The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center boasts a 35 feet tall by 65 feet wide rock wall. From the novice scrambler to a seasoned lead climber, the wall offers you a challenge by choice. The wall features numerous top ropes, auto belays, and quick draws for lead climbing. 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.
The rock wall will open Monday-Friday, 3:00-8:00 PM, during the weeks that we hold our 2019 summer camps: June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28 and July 8-12, 15-19, 22-26.
The rock wall is open any day that the Student Recreation Center is open. Please see our facility hours of operation for more information.
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: The rock 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.
The rock 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 block. To organize your birthday reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be an affiliate of the university to make a rock wall reservation.
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 Rock 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 email@example.com. 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. All wall rentals are $100/hour. We accept either credit cards or departmental funds transfers. If you would like to rent the rock wall for your student organization or academic department, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
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.