Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex


Climbing Wall

Climbing Competition

The Climbing Wall is a fitness, teaching and recreational facility. The Wellness Complex promotes personal growth, teamwork, leadership, increased fitness, and recreational opportunities for the university community through climbing activities and programs. This facility offers the students and facility members an opportunity to learn and hone their climbing skills in a friendly, encouraging, and experienced climbing environment.

The 35 foot wall has a great deal of natural looking features along with handholds to assist climbers. Currently, there are three routes in the wall to accommodate novice and elite climbers. Climbing wall enthusiasts have described the UTPA climbing wall as one of the best in the state. Workshops on technique building and competitions are scheduled for each semester for the enjoyment of participants. All students enrolled at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) along with Faculty, Staff, Spouse, and Dependent (children 4-17) members are eligible to use the climbing wall. All climbers are required to sign a release waiver and a code of conduct prior to use.

Fall 2014 Hours of Operation: Climbing Wall

Monday 3:00pm-10:00pm
Tuesday 3:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday 3:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday 3:00pm-10:00pm
Friday 3:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday 11am-5pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm


Educational Trainings/Certifications:

Belay Certifications: October 17 and 24; November 14 and 21 (6-9pm)

  • The first day consists of educational and training, the second day consists of a skills test.  Must attend both days to become certified.


  • October 23 - Knots and Tying-in: Come learn about the different types of knots used for climbing
  • November 6 - Lead Climbing: Learn lead climbing, clipping, lead falling and lead belaying
  • November 19 and 20 - Risk Management & Emergency Response: Learn how to intervene in unsafe behavior, belay takovers and climber rescue.


Special Events: 

  • October 20 - 26 - Pumpkin Challenge: Can you successfully climb all five routes back to back without falling?  Come try climbing each route to test your climbing skills.  The top five fastest times will receive a pumpkin!
  • November 1 - 16 - Turkey Challenge:  Challenge your fitness levels by climbing one of our routes as many times as possible in five minutes.  Top three fastest times will receive a turkey for the holidays!