Climbing Wall Events

Upcoming Events

Professional Climbing Instructors' Association (PCIA) Climbing Wall Instructor Course

Date(s): TBD
Location: Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports
Cost: Closed Enrollment-SMU OA staff only
Info Packet

The PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor Course provides instructors and potential instructors with a in depth and standardized understanding of the skills essential to teaching climbing in an indoor setting. It is the first step in a sequential approach to professional climbing instructor development. The course reinforces the importance of teaching technically accurate information and debunks many common climbing myths.   The course emphasizes the presentation of sound fundamental skills to climbing gym participants, the formation of risk assessment and risk management skills and basic problem solving skills such as belay transitions and on wall coaching and assist techniques. Participants will be assessed on both their core knowledge and their ability to effectively teach and coach related skills.

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The Mile High Challenge - Join the Mile High Club

Date(s): 2014: Jan 21- April 15
Sign up at the Climbing Wall

Solo or Summit Teams (2), 5280 ft, 10 weeks


  • All Summit Teams or Solo Challengers must be registered and current with the climbing wall.
  • Vertical feet climbed before registration or after Challenge end-date will not count toward current or future challenges.
  • Vertical feet are to be accumulated from Taos Tower.  Bouldering does NOT count.
  • Summit Teams must climb together (belay certification is not required but HIGHLY recommended).
  • With SMU Climbing Wall Belay Approval, summit teams or solo climbers can earn a bonus of 250 ft each.
  • Individual Summit Team members must log a minimum of 1000 feet for team to eligible.
  • Climbers will self-log their climbing.  HONESTY AND INTEGRITY.
  • No daily maximum restrictions.
  • Individual climbers may be members up to 3 summit teams (or 2 summit teams and solo).
  • Individual vertical feet can be transferred to solo or other summit team but not both.
  • All challengers are to abide by Dedman Center and Climbing Wall rules, regulations and policies.
  • Challengers found to be in violation of Mile High Challenge rules or false reporting will be disqualified.

Note: Mile High challengers do not receive special considerations.

  • Staff will not be dedicated to challenger pursuits (ie belay slaves).
  • Lines will not be dedicated or "hogged" for challenge climbers.

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Midnight Cosmic Climbing

Cost: FREE

Food, Lights, Music and Climbing. Bring your harness, shoes (or we will provide).  Limited supply.

SMU ID required and guest over the age of 18 years allowed with SMU ID holder.

For any questions please contact the Climbing Wall at 214-768-9917.

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VERTIGO Bouldering Competition

Date: TBD

Times, registration dates and cost $ 25 early, $ 30 late registrations

From beginner to advanced, VERTIGO is designed to be a challenging, competitive bouldering venue with an intimate setting.  The number of competitors are limited.  Awards for top placement and door prizes for competitors.

SMU Pulldown Climbing Competition

Date: February 22, 2014


Visit Pulldown page for more information

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