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Climbing schedules

Climbing orientation – mandatory

We welcome you to use the climbing wall after first completing a climbing orientation session and filling out a waiver form.

You can complete your orientation during any Open Climb time, subject to staff availability.

  • The climbing orientation is $20 and 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
    • All equipment needed
    • 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.

  • Please complete the participant waiver before you use the UM climbing wall.

    Please e-mail if you have questions.


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Climbing fees

You can pay your fees at the Active Living Centre customer service desk.

  • Recreation Services members receive a 20% discount on passes. All passes are available for purchase at the Active Living Centre customer service desk.

    • Drop-in climbing fee: $15 per day
    • 10-visit pass: $90  / Member price: $80 (includes orientation)
    • All-term pass: $190 / Member price: $152 (includes orientation)
    • Harness rental: $3
    • Shoe rental: $5

Registered programs

  • Our registered programs include

    • Open Climb Time
    • Climbing Fundamentals 

    For programs descriptions, times and dates offered, and to register, see the UM Sport and Recreation registration portal. 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 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. 

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

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.

  • 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:

Annual climbing competition

  • Are you already an avid climber? Put your skills to the test and register for our annual climbing competition. This year's competition took place on March 8, 2020.

    Ask for details about next year's competition at the Active Living Centre customer service desk.

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 please e-mail

For birthday party inquiries and pricing, please visit Mini U Programs.

UM Recreation Services mobile app

Get up-to-date schedules and Recreation Services information at your fingertips.