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All Chapman Fitness & Recreation facilities are closed effective March 11th, until further notice. These are necessary, preventative measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to minimize health and safety risks to our students, faculty, staff, and community.

Please visit the Rec Portal for free virtual programming and resources such as home workouts, outdoor recreation ideas, mindfulness apps, and nutrition tips.

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Open Climb

Open climbing includes an orientation of the Doti-Struppa Rock Wall, followed by top-rope climbing and/or bouldering. Our Rock Wall Assistants are available to belay climbers. Orientation is required for all climbers, regardless of experience. Open climbing is during open hours, Monday-Friday, unless noted otherwise. 

Belay and Climbing Clinics

Our belay clinic includes an orientation of the Doti-Struppa Rock Wall followed by instruction on belay techniques, commands, inspections, gear, and knot tying. Completing a clinic does not mean one is belay certified. Those desiring certification may request a belay check during normal operating hours, Monday-Friday.

Our climbing clinic includes an orientation of the Doti-Struppa Rock Wall followed by instruction on climbing technique, positioning, holds, along with personalized climbing time.

Training sessions are designed for beginner to intermediate climbers and are limited to eight (8) participants to ensure personal attention. 

These clinics take place every other Saturday, with the belay clinic running 1-2:30 p.m. and the climbing clinic running 2:30-4 p.m. Registration is required and can be found on recportal.chapman.edu. Special notice: these clinics are currently on hold while the Doti-Struppa Rock Wall is closed.

Belay Checks

Our belay check includes an Orientation of the Doti-Struppa Rock Wall followed by a test of belay command skills. Guests are expected to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ability to tie a figure eight follow-through knot with a fisherman's knot on top
  • Proper belay technique
  • Understand of Doti-Struppa Rock Wall policies
  • Proper belay commands
  • Ability to complete basic gear inspection
  • Ability to complete pre-climb inspection of self and climbing partner
  • Other skills related to indoor rock climbing

Free Camping Gear

  • The Doti-Struppa Rock Wall has camping gear available for free checkout during Fall, Interterm and Spring academic terms.
  • Visit the Doti-Struppa Rock Wall to borrow items for up to one-week with your Student ID Card.
  • Our inventory includes:
  • Backpacks
  • Camp Chairs
  • Camp Stoves
  • Coolers
  • Flashlights
  • Hammocks
  • Headlamps
  • REI Tents (two-person and three-person)
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleeping Pads

Accessing the Rock Wall

  • All Climbers must annually register for a Fitness & Recreation Membership on recportal.chapman.edu, which includes signing the Fitness & Recreation Waiver before climbing. Persons under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver.
  • Access is limited to current students and staff and faculty.
  • A valid Chapman University ID is required for check-in.
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  • The Doti-Struppa Rock Wall is closed beginning March 12, 2020 until further notice.

    Fall & Spring Operating Hours:

    • Monday-Friday: 7pm-11pm
    • Saturdays: Biweekly Climbing and Belay Clinics
  • We’re that massive tower across from the Jim Miller parking structure. Located on the basement level of the Sandhu Residence and Conference Center, walk down the stairs to the left of the entrance to the Randall Dining Commons.
  • Email: fitnesscenter@chapman.edu
    Phone: (714) 516-5048

View our Policies and Procedures by clicking the link below. We have these policies in place to ensure safe climbing! Any violation of the rules may result in revoking your right to climb in the facility.

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