Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall

Western Carolina offers one of the most extensive climbing programs in the east,
and the TALLEST collegiate wall in North Carolina!

The Base Camp Climbing wall offers 2100 square feet of climbing surface and is 50 ft. tall. There are routes designed for the first-time climber as well as for the serious climber looking for a workout. In addition to rope climbing on the tall part of the wall, there also is a bouldering arch ideal for working on technique without the hassle of waiting for a belay. .

All WCU community members are welcome - best of all it's FREE!



   Spring 2014 Hours for Open Climbing:

Monday 4-8pm
Tuesday 4-8pm
Wednesday 4-8pm
Thursday 4-8pm
Friday 4-7pm

The Climbing Wall will be closed on the following dates:
January 20: MLK Day
March 7-14: Spring Break
April 15-18: Easter Break
May 5-9: Exam Week

Events at the Climbing Wall

Do you get tired of waiting for someone to belay you? Want to be able to belay your friends?  Learn how to belay at a BCC belay clinic; no need to sign up in advance!
Location: BCC Climbing Wall
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: FREE


January 24th
February 7th and 21st

March 21st
April 4th and 25th

Are your kids itching to scale the wall? Looking for something fun to do with your family on a Friday night? Look no more. Kids Climb is only open to children under the age of 18 years old who weigh at least 40lbs.

Cost: $5.00 per child if at least one parent is a member of the CRC
$10.00 per child if neither parent is a member of the CRC
Time: 5-7pm


January 26th
Take your climbing skills to the next level and learn how to lead routes from the ground up. We'll cover the basics of lead climbing and belaying a lead climber. You'll get to practice some "moc" leads as well as try out a lead fall or two. This class is for participants who are currently belay-certified at the BCC climbing wall.
Location: BCC Climbing Wall
Sign up deadline:
$20 for anyone!!


February 15th
Base Camp Cullowhee staff will lead a clinic on setting bouldering problems effectively and efficiently. Participants will learn everything from selecting holds and turning wrenches to setting problems that are compelling, engaging, and enjoyable for climbers of multiple abilities. The clinic has a practical emphasis so there will be ample opportunity for setting and climbing problems. 
Location: BCC Climbing Wall
Time: 10am-5pm (break for lunch)
Sign up Deadline: 2/13
Cost: Free!


March 2nd
Join us for a lesson on building climbing anchors.  We will discuss the considerations for assessing one-, two-, and three- piece anchors.  We will then examine appropriate rigging systems for each type of anchor and discuss ways to safely construct your own top rope anchors.  Prior knowledge of the bowline and clove hitch is helpful but not mandatory.
Location: BCC Climbing Wall
Time: 1-8:30pm
Sign up deadline: 2/27
Cost: Wildcat Club Member ($17) WCU Students ($20) Non Students ($25)


March 22
Base Camp Cullowhee in partnership with The WCU Climbing Team is hosting its fifth annual bouldering competition and it's going to rock! This colllegiate competition offers four categories: recreational, intermediate, advanced and open for both men and women and is a part of the Appalachian Region of the Collegiate Climbing Series. Students from any college or university are welcome! *competitors must be enrolled as a college student.
Location: BCC Climbing Wall
Time: 10am
Cost: Early registration (before March 20th): $25, day of registration $35




 Getting Started at the Climbing Wall is Easy. Follow These Steps ...

  • Check In.
    Stop at the front desk and sign your paperwork. Once you are in the system, we can easily look you up in the database.
  • Exchange Cat Card for Climbing Equipment.
    The basic equipment is free, other stuff requires a small fee.
  • Find a Belayer According to your Card Color.
    Either staff or other qualified students. Staff are available to help with putting on harnesses and choosing the best route.
  • Get on the Wall. Now is your time to climb! Challenge yourself to do more than you ever thought was possible.





Belay Challenge- Already know how to harness up, tie your own knots, and belay- ask a staff member to offer you your chance to skip the class and show us what you already know. Successful challenges earn yellow card certification.





Special Events and Groups

The climbing wall is available for special events for your class, club, birthday party, or other groups.

Academic Classes- No Charge
On-Campus Groups- $10 per person for 2 hours (Student Organizations, Student/Faculty/Staff, etc.)
Off-Campus Groups- $20 per person for 2 hours (Camps and Conferences, Church Groups, 4-H, other Educational Organizations)

Contact Josh Whitmore at or 828-227-3466 to reserve your session. 

*all cancellations within 2-weeks of scheduled event result in an 8 person charge.
**climbing shoes are included in costs.
***payment/liability release must be made in advance of the event.








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