Climbing Wall


  • The climbing wall is open to all students and Carmichael Complex Members with a valid Wolfpack One Card. Hours of operation can be found here.
  • Guest pass users must be with thier sponsor in order to climb at the wall.
  • You must sign an Acknowledgement of Risk and Policies form in order to climb, boulder or belay (anyone under 18 years of age must have a parent’s signature).
  • You must check in when you arrive and present your Wolfpack One Card and your belay card before climbing.
  • Climbing in bare feet is not allowed, climbing shoes or athletic shoes are acceptable.
  • Wearing footwear while at the climbing wall is not required, but strongly encouraged.
  • Helmets must be worn while climbing. It is recommended that those belaying and bouldering also wear helmets.
  • All climbing above shoulder height must be protected by a top rope belay.
  • Rock Wall staff are not allowed to belay climbers or spot boulders, They are there to monitor safety, issue equipment, perform safety assessments, and assist users.
  • Climbing, belaying or bouldering while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not allowed.
  • Please follow all policies and adhere to all staff recommendations. Policy violations will result in the loss of climbing privileges as well as possible disciplinary action.


  • All equipment including ropes, harnesses, helmets, belay devices, anchors and shoes is provided free of charge.
  • You may use your own harness, shoes, helmet and hardware, however, you assume all liability resulting from its use.
  • Personal ropes are not allowed.
  • Eco balls are permissible for use on the climbing wall. Gymnastics chalk and climbing chalk are not allowed.


  • In order to belay at the Rock Wall, you must pass Outdoor Adventures Safety Skills Assessment.
  • Rock Wall supervisors will perform Safety Skills Assessments daily as time allows.
  • You can learn how to belay by attending an Outdoor Adventures belay clinic.

Belay Clinics

Belay Clinics are 2-hour classes that teach the basics of rock climbing including catching a climber during a fall and lowering them safely. These clinics cost $10.

Fall 2016 Belay Clinic Schedule
Date Time
Tuesday, August 23 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, August 31 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Thursday, September 8 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuesday, September 13 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, September 21 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Thursday, September 29 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuesday, October 4 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, October 12 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Thursday, October 20 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuesday, October 25 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, November 2 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Thursday, November 10 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Tuesday, November 15

Belay Clinic Curriculum:

  • Harness use
  • Climbing knots
  • Tying into a harness
  • Setting up the belay device
  • Belaying technique
  • Safety checks
  • Commands used in belaying and climbing
  • Catching a fall
  • Lowering a climber
  • Safety Skills Assessments is not part of the Belay Clinic.

Belay Clinic Registration

  • You must register at the Outdoor Adventures rental counter in the Carmichael Recreation Center from Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Full payment of $10 is due at time of registration.
  • Payment can be made in Cash, Checks made out to NC State University, or Credit/Debit Card. We accept Visa & MasterCard.
  • No refunds will be issued.
  • If you need to cancel we will do our best to reschedule you in another clinic.

Group Programs

Want to bring a group to the wall? Programs are available throughout the year. Contact the Climbing Wall manager for prices and scheduling at (919) 513-0072.