Access and Hours

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Drop-in Climbing

DROP BY ANYTIME! Registered drop-in is no longer required in the Wilson Climbing Centre. If you're a Climbing Centre Member or you're purchasing a single admission, you do not need to schedule a time slot as of July 19, 2021.

Current Hours

Wilson Climbing Centre Hours
Monday to Friday: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 to 6:00 PM

MANDATORY Release of Liability


  • All drop-in patrons MUST sign a Waiver of Liability/Informed Consent form AND Access Agreement form before accessing the Wilson Climbing Center
  • New Release of Liability AND Access Agreement forms must be completed any time access type (i.e. boulder, top-rope and/or lead climbing) is UPDATED, CHANGED, or RENEWED
  • These forms are considered invalid (and will not be accepted for admission/entered into the facility database) when:
    • ANY section is left blank (i.e. initial lines, signatures, address, phone number, etc.)
    • ANY section is eligible (i.e. cannot be easily and quickly read by staff)
    • More than 1 year has elapsed since previously signing a release of liability form (after which, another form must be signed before access to the facility is re-granted)
  • At this time, the Wilson Climbing Center does not have access to digital forms in the building
    • In order to expedite the check-in of all our patrons, please PRINT-OFF, READ CAREFULLY, COMPLETE ALL SECTIONS, and BRING THE FOLLOWING FORM(S) WITH YOU TO THE GYM

Waiver of Liability

For patrons 18 years or older at the time of entry

Waiver of Liability (PDF)

Informed Consent

  • For patrons younger than 18 years at the time of entry
    • This form can ONLY be signed by a legal parent/guardian (>18 years in age) of the patron
      • Forms signed by care-workers, baby-sitters, the parents of a friend, other relatives, etc. WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED (and admission will not be granted).

Informed Consent Form (PDF)

Access Agreement

  • For all patrons
    • Can be signed by the patron (regardless of age) or legal parent/guardian

Access Agreement (PDF)

Belay Tests

The Wilson Climbing Center DOES NOT recognize external gym belay checks - anyone caught belaying and/or high wall climbing without a current, facility-specific belay check will be asked to leave the facility indefinitely.
  • Minimum age for belay checks:
    • Top Rope: 13 years*
    • Lead: 14 years*
      • *Exceptions may apply
Practicing for belay tests/teaching other patrons how to belay, tie in, or otherwise set-up for/perform high-wall climbing, is NOT ALLOWED ANYWHERE in the climbing facility.
  • Patrons caught practicing for a belay test or attempting to teach belay skills to others will be asked to leave the gym for a minimum of 24 hours - no test will occur, and no refund will be provided (if test fees have already been paid)
    • We offer both lead and top-rope classes (during which Climbing Gym Instructor guided practice can be performed) on a weekly basis
    • You can find more information about our ULead and UBelay courses (in addition to our other programming) here.
Fees and Logistics
  • The test fee for top rope is $6.00/person
  • The test fee for lead is $10.00/person
    • All test fees are non-refundable (i.e. you will not receive any refund if you fail the test).
  • You will be required to bring a partner that can belay you on either top rope or lead (depending on which test you are taking)
    • Your belay partner can take the test at the same time as you.
  • You will be required to belay with an ATC (belay tube) for top rope
    • You may use a GriGri OR belay tube for the lead test.
  • All necessary equipment (e.g. belay tubes, carabiners, shoes, harnesses, and chalk) can be rented from the front desk for an additional, non-refundable fee
Timelines and Availability
You can challenge a belay test once every 24 hours
  • If successful, the resulting top-rope or lead check will expire in 1 year (after which, another test must be completed successfully before access to the highwall area is re-granted)
  • We do not book belay tests ahead of time
  • Staff are not available at all open times to proctor belay tests
    • Please phone the Wilson Climbing Center (780-492-2767) or email on the day you anticipate attempting the test, to see when/if belay tests are available.

Children at the Wilson Climbing Centre

  • As the Wilson Climbing Center predominantly services university students and staff during our public hours, caution must be exercised when bringing young children into the environment (especially during our busy times)
  • During drop-in/public climbing hours:
    • Children under the age of 6 must be WITHIN ARMS REACH of a parent/legal guardian at ALL TIMES
    • Children under the age of 13 must be ACTIVELY SUPERVISED (i.e. within eyesight) of a parent/ legal guardian at ALL TIMES
    • Adults who have passed a top-rope belay test (at the Wilson Climbing Center) in the past year can top-rope belay children under 13
    • Children under 13 are not permitted to belay during drop-in hours

Access for U of A Students

  • Students are required to check-in with a valid piece of photo ID at the front desk each time they visit the Wilson Climbing Center.
    • Students who are taking classes on-campus (and enrolled in either a full or part-time course load) will be assessed for current Athletics and Recreation Fees at the time of check-in
      • These mandatory fees are typically included in tuition costs and cover access to the Climbing Centre during drop-in hours
      • Climbing equipment (shoes, harnesses, etc.) are not included in this fee but can be rented from the front desk of the Wilson Climbing Center for an additional charge
  • Students scheduled for off-campus study/academic practicum placements (e.g. work experience students) or performing post-doctoral/co-op work, may need to "opt-in" for Athletics and Recreation fees through the office of the registrar

More information can be found here

Drop-in prices will apply to students who do not have an active Athletics & Recreation Fee at the time of check in