Club Climbing Equipment
UNE OAC supplies the basic climbing equipment to ensure your safety as part of the entry cost. You will be able to use a harness and climbing shoes provided by the club during your climbing session.
Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions the club is currently unable to provide shared hand chalk. If you are bringing your own, alcohol-based liquid chalk is preferred.
To climb on the wall you must be shown the ropes by one of our climbing instructors. A climbing instructor will be available during climbing hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights.
What do I need bring?
- If you are using the club shoes, please make sure you wear socks for hygiene.
- Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
- If you have long hair, please wear it up as it is possible to get caught.
- Cut your nails (fingers and toes) as long nails can be very uncomfortable and prone to breakage.
- Wear comfortable clothes, such as activewear, and avoid shoes with a heel (as these can damage the safety mats).
What can I expect upon arrival?
- Go to the SportUNE counter to pay. If you are not a member of either SportUNE or UNEOAC you will need to fill in some paperwork before you can climb.
- If you need to change, there are bathrooms/changerooms available in the hall near the climbing wall.
- At the climbing wall, take your belongings upstairs to ensure the climbing area is clear. You can also use one of the SportUNE lockers if you want to secure your items.
- Before you climb, notify a supervisor if you are new to the SportUNE climbing wall. Even if you have climbed elsewhere before, it is still essential to get a short induction to ensure you are aware of the procedures and how to operate the equipment we have at UNE.
- The supervisor will show you where the climbing shoes and harnesses are available, give you a walkthrough of how to safely use the equipment, and if you are brand new, they can also show you the basics of climbing.
- You can climb in the bouldering cave or on the wall. Make sure you keep an eye on who else is in the shared space and check in with other climbers around you.
- When you are finished climbing, return any borrowed equipment to their place before you go.
What else can I do to prepare?
Have a look at our Indoor Climbing playlist for a general introduction to indoor climbing, gym etiquette, and some tips.
Remember to talk to the other climbers! Many of them have been around for a long time and will be able to give you advice and support while you’re learning. Climbing is both a fantastic way to exercise, as well as, a great opportunity to socialise.
Our supervised sessions are volunteer run, so sometimes our hours will vary due to availability. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for changes to session times.