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Climbing orientation

All first-time climbing participants must go through a climbing orientation a the beginning of their timeslot.

  • The climbing orientation includes:

    • General orientation for basic climbing facility rules and safety
    • Instruction on how to properly use the auto-belay systems
    • Introduction to basic climbing terminology and technique
    • Access to the climbing wall after the Orientation Session

    Already know how to belay? After attending the climbing orientation, you can complete a quick belay test ($5) with the climbing wall supervisor to get started.

Climbing fees

Recreation Services members receive a discount on passes. All passes are available for purchase at the Active Living Centre customer service desk or online for 10-visit passes.

  •   Member
    4-month climbing pass $240
    4-month climbing pass plus equipment $285
    10-visit pass $130
    Drop-in fee* $20
    Equipment rental (harness and shoes) $6 per visit

    *Drop-in fees include rental equipment.

    Wall rental (including parties)

    $135 per hour (includes harness and shoe rental)

    Purchase a 10-visit pass

Open climb schedule

Booking a climb time

Current 10-Pass and 4-month pass holders:

We are excited to see you back. Please visit our online registration tool to book your climb time. Watch this tutorial to learn how to book your time.

Book now

New visitors:

Welcome to Recreation Services! Please note that before you book your climb time:


All climbers:

- Bookings are offered in 2-hour blocks on a first-come, first-served basis.

- Time slots can be booked no more than two days in advance and open at 7 a.m.

Our commitment to safety

The health and safety of our climbing participants and staff is our top priority.

Please note the following to a safe visit for everyone:

  • Please stay home if you are feeling unwell. Before entering the facility, staff and participants must use the self-screening tool. Members and staff are not allowed entry if they present with COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Mandatory mask use. Participants using indoor UM sport and recreation facilities can remove their face masks when engaging in physical activity and while in their individual workout spaces (i.e., at equipment). Movement in and between equipment/activities will require masking at all times.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting. Time has been allocated between each block for thorough facility cleaning and sanitization using hospital-grade products. Also, members are asked to clean equipment before and after each use.
  • Signage. Signage highlighting expectations to ensure everyone complies with our safety protocols will be located throughout the facilities. 

Registered programs

  • Our registered programs include

    • Open Climb Time
    • Fundamentals of Top Rope Belaying (15 years and older)

    See the UM Sport and Recreation registration portal for program descriptions, times and dates offered, and to register. You must complete the participant waiver before using the wall.

  • Registered programs – available upon request

    These programs are available upon request and pricing will vary:

    • Basic Outdoor Workshop
    • Introduction to Sport Climbing
    • Outdoor Climbing Workshop - Multi-Pitch Climbing

    Please e-mail zachary.wronski@umanitoba.ca for details.

UM Climbing Club

This non-instructional, social club at our Fort Garry campus provides you with the opportunity to share your passion for climbing with others. The club practices the art of bouldering and does not do much rope climbing. 

The club mainly meets at the Bouldering Wall in the Frank Kennedy Centre. The club has periodic access to the Climbing Wall in the Active Living Centre.

As with all UM Rec Clubs, UM students must make up 65% of the club’s membership to promote strong student participation and leadership.

  • Annual club membership fees

    Club membership is open to students, staff and alumni only. 

    • Student annual membership fee: $55
    • Staff and alumni annual membership fee: $80

    You cannot purchase a day pass to access the wall as part of the UM Climbing Club; you must pay the annual membership fee.

  • Climbing Club schedule

    Find the Climbing Club schedule on the REC Clubs Schedule and the UM Recreation Services mobile app.

    Contact the UM Climbing Club:

Wall rental

Looking for a group training, team or birthday party activity? Our climbing wall is available for private bookings. The rental includes:

  • Access to the main wall with auto belays and a boulder section
  • Climbing orientation
  • Basic instruction
  • All necessary equipment

For private bookings and birthday parties, please e-mail zachary.wronski@umanitoba.ca


UM Recreation Services mobile app

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