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The climbing wall is open again with our new floor!   Thanks for your patience!

Vanderbilt has a new climbing wall located in the VRWC! The new, state-of-the-art wall has over 2000 sq. ft. of climbing, offers both top-rope and bouldering, and includes angles other than 90 degrees!

First time climbing?
No sweat!  We have staff ready and eager to assist you with your introduction to the sport.  Climbing shoes and harnesses can be rented free of charge when you get to the wall.

Is ClimbNashville your second home?
Stop by with a partner to show us your belaying skills and the climbing wall staff will give you a fancy tag to show off to your friends and brighten up your harness.  Bring you’re A-game, as you will need to know how to properly put on a harness, tie in with a figure-eight follow-through, and use proper technique while belaying your partner.

Heights not your thing?
Have you recently had reason to doubt your climbing partner’s belaying skills? Not a problem!  The wall will also host a wide variety of bouldering routes.  This style of climbing lets you stay low to the ground, allowing you to ditch the harness and rope and make it all about the movement – pure and simple.  Whatever your style, we’ve got you covered!

Watch for our grand opening!

For more information email Outdoor Rec!

Hours of operation:
Spring Semester 2015*

Monday – Thursday 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday Closed
Additional Closures 1/19 (MLK Day), 2/27 – 3/8 (Spring Break)


Introduction to Top Rope Climbing:

January 15th
February 12th
March 12th
April 9th
6:00 – 8:00 pm

This course serves as an introduction to top-rope climbing for the new climber.  The participant will learn how to properly put on a harness, tie-in with the figure-eight follow-through, and belay with an aperture-style belay device.  Additionally, the student will begin learning how to “read” routes and will be introduced to the grading system within climbing known as the Yosemite Decimal System.  In passing this course, the student will be able to belay at our wall independently of our staff during scheduled hours.

Introduction to Bouldering:

January 14th & 28th
February 11th &25th
March 11th & 25th
April 8th & 22nd
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Leave the harness at home and come learn the basics of proper climbing technique.  This course includes two sessions, two hours each.  This course will focus on proper and efficient movement while on the wall.  General topics to be covered included body-awareness, effective weight distribution, static vs. dynamic movement, and conservation of energy.  The grading system specific to bouldering known as the v-scale will also be discussed.  Specific techniques covered will include stemming, heel/toe hooking, mantling, drop-knees, and much else.

Bouldering Outdoors:

This course will begin in the VRWC with a class on advanced bouldering technique.  We will cover more advanced techniques compared to the introductory class as well as go over the mental aspects of bouldering outdoors.  Following this class will be an outdoor bouldering trip for a day of climbing on the real thing.

This course is scheduled upon interest.  Please email Steven at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu if you are interested in taking this course.

Please note, if you wish to attend a class but have consistent scheduling conflicts, please let us know and we will try to accommodate your needs.

Private Groups:

The wall is available to rent by Vanderbilt-affiliated groups, clubs, and teams.  For prices, please email outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu

For more information about the wall contact Steven Rubin at 615-936-8527 or send an e-mail to outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu