Adding a climbing wall to your school or university is an original way to diversify your physical education programme, providing an alternative to traditional team sports.
Are you looking to expand your university’s sports facilities, or broaden the number of extra-curricular sports activities available to your students? Perhaps you have a university climbing society and want to offer members the opportunity to climb on campus?
Climbing can be both mentally and physically stimulating for your students, increasing overall fitness as part of a sports programme, club, or society, and improving skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.
Over 7,300 schools, colleges, and universities have trusted EP Climbing to build their climbing wall so far. We’ll work with you to design, produce, and install a bespoke wall that meets the needs of your students. You choose the style you’d like, and we’ll take it from there.
We can even match the colours of your university climbing wall to your branding – and add a university emblem or crest to boost your students’ sense of belonging.
Climbing is an excellent full-body workout that improves coordination, strength, endurance, and problem-solving skills.
Build Friendships and Communication Skills
Climbing is not just a sport, but also a community-focused activity that encourages teamwork and social interaction.
Challenge and Adventure
Climbing offers a unique and exciting challenge that motivates people to push their limits and try new things.
Safe and Supervised Environment
Climbing in a controlled and supervised environment provides a safe and secure setting for people to explore and challenge themselves.
Climbing offers students a positive risk-taking activity that requires courage, self-confidence, independence, patience, perseverance, and self-control. Students take on challenges, overcome their fears, and in the process, build their self-esteem.
Climbing also provides an opportunity to support others, cooperate, and demonstrate leadership skills in team building activities.
EP Climbing recommends the following climbing walls for college & university students:
Bouldering combines balance, strength, and technique to complete a short but challenging sequence of moves, known as ‘problems’. A sociable form of climbing, bouldering is great for group sessions, as well as solo for more competent students. As with roped climbing, the difficulty of your college bouldering wall can be adapted based on the capabilities of your students.
At around 4 metres high, bouldering walls are an ideal solution for spaces without a great deal of height. No ropes or harnesses are used in bouldering and as such, thick safety matting is required at the foot of the wall.
Speed climbing is a form of indoor climbing where athletes compete to achieve the quickest time to reach the top of the climbing wall. Speed climbing is an exciting discipline for competitions - spectators are not left disappointed!
Roped climbing walls allow your students to climb as high as possible with the comfort and safety of a rope, enabling them to push their skills and abilities without being held back by the prospect of falling. The use of ropes likewise makes challenges accessible to all, with climbing difficulty varying from beginner to more complex depending on the needs of your students.
Roped walls have the option of being equipped with a TRUBLUE auto belay to enable climbers to ascend without the need for a partner.
Requiring a minimum height of 6-10 metres, roped walls are typically installed at one end of a university multi-sports hall.
Perfect for outdoor recreation areas, free-standing boulders replicate natural rocks, providing a more natural and adventurous feel to climbing within your college’s grounds. Boulders offer 360-degree climbing, with the possibility for students to climb on top if they’re feeling brave.
Made from resin, boulders are built to withstand the elements of any weather conditions.
EP Climbing produces not only climbing walls, but also the holds, macros, and volumes needed to create fun and testing challenges for your students.
As an International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Authorised Producer, you can rest assured that our holds are of the utmost quality. In addition to providing you with climbing holds, our specialist route setters can create tailored challenges for your school climbing walls.
Aside from manufacturing your college climbing wall, our dedicated team will also take care of your annual maintenance, ensuring that your college’s or university's walls are fit for purpose and giving your staff peace of mind that students are climbing under safe conditions.
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