Climbing and bouldering

The climbing wall in the University Sports Center is 11 meters high. You can climb about 30 routes on top rope, and the wall is also equipped for lead climbing. Route grades vary from 3 to about 7a (French grades).

Climbing and/or bouldering?

Sporten in Maastricht - Klimmen

Climbing is a challenging sport where you can go to great heights. On our climbing wall you can climb toprope on 12 ropes (about 30 routes) and the wall is suitable for preclimbing. You climb with a rope as a safety device and a NKBV climbing skills certificate is required if you want to climb on your own. If you don't have a climbing license, you can only climb with an instructor.

Bouldering is climbing short routes (boulders) without ropes but with a safety mat at the bottom of the wall. These short routes go up to a maximum height of 4.5 metres. The challenge is to figure out how to climb the boulder. Here, strength, explosiveness, flexibility and technique can all come together. A climbing skills certificate is not obligatory for bouldering.

Access to the climbing wall

Our climbing wall is accessible for climbers with a ‘Sports’ membership and a Dutch (NKBV) climbing license. Climbing on the long routes on your own is only possible if you have a Dutch climbing license. You can reserve a spot via MyUSC.

No climbing license? Go bouldering, take a class or course
If you do not have a climbing license (yet), you can join classes and courses or go bouldering. For bouldering, you can also reserve a timeslot in MyUSC. You do not need a climbing license for bouldering.

Foreign climbing certificate? Not valid here
Unfortunately, foreign climbing certificates are not valid at our climbing wall. You may climb under supervision or immediately register for the Indoor Toprope Exam to obtain your Dutch (NKBV) climbing license.


Want to learn to climb or improve your climbing skills? Then sign up for one of the lessons* or courses* below.

  • Introduction class: this class is suitable for you if you don't have a climbing certificate and want to come and climb under supervision once. An instructor will give you more information about climbing, help you with securing and, of course, you can climb already.
  • Learning to Rope Climb - step by step to your climbing licence: for beginners who want to learn to climb safely, UM SPORT offers the 'Learning to Rope Climb' course. This course consists of five lessons and participants are guided step by step towards obtaining a climbing licence. A perfect opportunity for newcomers to build confidence and master the basic skills of climbing.
  • Training for Climbing: our brand new 4-week 'Training for Climbing' course is designed to teach participants the fundamental climbing principles and provide essential techniques needed for successful climbing. This course is for all climbers with a toprope licence and provides an in-depth insight into the world of climbing.
  • Indoor Toprope exam: successful completion of this exam allows you to obtain your Dutch climbing proficiency certificate. The exam is suitable for (experienced) climbers without a climbing skills licence or climbers with a foreign climbing skills licence.
  • Advanced Rope Climbing - Gain your Indoor Lead Licence: for climbers who want to explore the challenging world of pre-climbing, UM SPORT introduces this course. This 6-week course allows climbers to master the skills of preclimbing and obtain an official licence. A challenging journey for those who want to take their climbing skills to new heights.

* All classes and courses require a minimum of 2 participants.

Climbing equipment

If you have a climbing license, you can rent climbing equipment at the USC front desk. Please bring your climbing license if you want to rent equipment. Please note: the available equipment is limited!