Climbing Wall

NOTICE: Auto belays are currently not available for use

The Saint Mary's College of California climbing wall is located at the Joseph Alioto Recreation Center. Completed in 2013, it features two auto-belay lanes and 3 top-rope lanes. 


To participate on this wall, you must have access to the JARC and have filled out the 2019-2020 Liability Waiver.

You must complete the belay certification assessment before climbing (top-rope) and show a belay card while climbing. 


Rock Wall Hours: Same as JARC operating hours!

Equipment Rental: All equipment is free to check out through the front desk using SMC valid ID

  • Harness
  • Rock Climbing Shoes
  • Belay Device
  • Carabiner

Belay Instruction Class

  • If you are new to the sport or need a refresher, come by the rock wall to learn how to belay and climb!
  • All instruction class availability times will be updated soon!

Belay Assessment Test

  • All climbing wall participants must successfully complete a belay skills assessment to belay other participants. 
  • After successful test completion, the participant will be given a belay card that must be visible whenever belaying or using top-rop.
  • Belay Assessment Tests will follow all instruction classes. 
  • All belay assessment tests will be updated soon!