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Climbing Wall

Located in the Charlene and Wayland Blood Fitness Center, the 3,000 square foot state of the art climbing facility offers top rope and lead climbing, as well as a bouldering area. The wall is available to all Hamilton College students and employees. HillCard required.

**The climbing wall will open for students starting Feb 2!**

Sign up for 50 minute-long climbing slots HERE!

(Maximum of two slots per week)

Fall/Spring Semester Hours

Monday-Thursday: 4-9 pm

Friday: 4-7 pm

Sat/Sun: 2-5 pm

Faculty/Staff Open Hours: Thursday noon-1:30 pm

Sign up for faculty/staff climbing slots HERE!


Summer Hours

Tues/Thurs: 7-9 pm

Beginning of June through mid-August


Shoes, harnesses, belay devices and instruction are provided.

Children must be 8 years old to climb during normal open hours.
All children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Be prepared to show a Hamilton ID.


Belay clinics are offered at the beginning of each semester and during open hours when the wall isn’t too busy.  If you’ve never belayed before, plan on working with one of our staff members for about an hour. After taking a belay clinic, you may take a belay test the next time you visit the wall to become an authorized belayer. Students with previous belay experience may forgo the clinic and take the test if they can prove proficiency in proper belaying technique, tying-in, and communication with the climber.

Students new to climbing may take a P.E. class in Beginning Climbing. You can also just stop in during open hours and one of our friendly staff can get you started! There are also opportunities for experienced climbers to advance their skills by taking a Lead Climbing clinic and learning to sport lead.

Climb On!

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