Getting Started

Waivers and Rec Access

All patrons wishing to use the Aramark STAR Complex Climbing Wall must have Rec Access and must fill out a waiver for the facility.


Rec Access



Policies and Procedures

  1. Use of facility is at your own risk.

  2. Prior to climbing, all patrons must check in at the front desk and submit a signed waiver.

  3. Patrons must carry a valid Temple University identification card at all times.

  4. Each type of climbing allowed at the Climbing Wall has its own orientation and assessment.

  5. The following actions are cause for immediate dismissal from the facility and may result in temporary or permanent loss of privileges:

    1. Disorderly conduct

    2. Inappropriate behavior

    3. Abuse of facility or equipment

    4. Abuse of staff members

    5. Disregard for Campus Recreation policies

    6. Violation of university policies or procedures including, but not limited to, the Student Conduct Code

  6. Climbers may use personal UIAA or CE certified carabiners, belay devices, chalk bags, and harnesses after inspection by qualified attendants. Gear rentals are also available at the front desk.

  7. Bags must be stored in cubbies. No personal items may be left on the floor.

  8. Water is allowed in the climbing area. No other food, drinks, or gum are allowed on the floor. All drinks must be in sealed, non-glass containers while in the activity area.

  9. Climbing shoes or sneakers must be worn at all times. No barefoot belaying or belaying in flip-flops. No climbing barefoot, in open-toed sandals, in hiking boots, or in hard-soled shoes.

  10. Socks must be worn with rental shoes.

  11. Climbers should remove jewelry on hands, loose fitting necklaces, and hoop earrings. Phones, wallets, keys, and other items should be emptied from pockets prior to climbing.

  12. Campus Recreation and Temple University are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  13. No swinging or jumping on ropes.

  14. Do not grab bolt hangers or quickdraws. Bolt hangers are for carabiners only.

  15. Boulderers may not climb above or below other patrons.

  16. Climbers may not switch holds. Please inform the Climbing Wall Staff if a hold needs attention.

  17. All accidents/injuries or incidents are to be reported to Climbing Wall Staff immediately.

  18. Unauthorized use of camera/video/audio recording devices is prohibited. Authorization must be in writing via an approved Media Request Form from Campus Recreation.




Never climbed before? No problem! Our staff can get you on the wall and climbing quickly with our free orientations!


Cost: Free

During a Try-A-Climb, new and aspiring climbers can experience 30 minutes of supervised top-rope climbing with a Climbing Wall staff member. No climbing experience is necessary. Staff members will assist each patron with properly fitting equipment and will also belay (hold the rope) while their climber reaches new heights! Walk-ins are welcome during normal operating hours. Depending on the Climbing Wall's occupancy at time of arrival, patrons may be asked to wait. Try-A-Climbs are limited to two sessions per semester. Students interested in becoming self-sufficient climbers should schedule an Intro to Climbing session.

Bouldering Orientation

Cost: Free

Bouldering is a great way to enjoy climbing without all the ropes, harnesses, and knots! During the bouldering orientation, patrons will be introduced to the differences between roped climbing and bouldering, as well as the risks associated with bouldering and how best to avoid them. Bouldering orientations are available upon request to patrons with previous climbing experience. Participating in a Try-A-Climb may be sufficient experience.


Belay Tests

In order to belay at the Climbing Wall, patrons must first pass a belay assessment demonstrating competancy fitting a harness, tying a figure-8 retrace knot, and belaying with an ATC. Experienced climbers may request a belay test during normal operating hours. Climbing Wall Staff may not always be available to administer the belay test, and may ask patrons to wait or come back later depending on current wall occupancy.

Patrons who don't know how to belay but are interested in learning are encouraged to enroll in one of our Intro to Climbing clinics.