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Climbing Wall

Hours of operation:


MONDAY – THURSDAY:  4:00 – 8:00 pm

FRIDAY:  4:00 – 6:00 pm

Saturday – Sunday – Closed




1st Annual Commodore Climbing Competition!
Held Monday, Feb. 23rd at 7 pm.

Male Competitors:

1st place – Chad Keller
2nd place – Eric Sohng
3rd place – Billy Morvant

Female Competitors:

1st place – Marie Armbruster
2nd place – Maggie Drummond
3rd place – Kelli Klein


The following classes will resume in the fall semester of 2015. Thanks for your patience!

Introduction to Top Rope Climbing:

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:

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 Linda 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 Linda Rosenkranz at 615-343-7898 or send an e-mail to outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu