The Climbing Wall is one of the most unique facilities at Ethos and provides the very best in indoor climbing. The 9m high featured climbing wall is situated at the eastern end of the Sports Hall. With overhangs and a small chimney section, it provides a range of climbing challenges for both the experienced climber and beginner alike. Beneath the climbing wall there is an integrated rubber-crumb floor to ensure the facility complies with all recommended safety regulations.

Climbing wall

Using the climbing wall

  1. Complete a Self-Declaration Form (PDF file)
  2. If you are an inexperienced or novice climber, you should book onto the Friday Beginners Active Imperial Session or enquire about beginners sessions – Staff and Students only.
  3. You will then need to take a test during one of our Tuesday Active Imperial sessions or enquire about other availability to take the test at other times – Staff and Students only
  4. Ensure you have read and understood the Climbing Dos and Don'ts
  5. Once you have been signed off, you will be issued a card that you will need to bring whenever you would like to climb. You will be able to use the wall at the following times:
  • Mondays: 13.00–14.00; 17.00–18.00
  • Tuesdays: 07.00–08.00; 14.00–16.00; 18.00–20.00*; 20.00–22.00
  • Wednesdays: 09.00–12.00
  • Thursdays: 09.00–10.00; 11.00–12.00; 20.00–22.00
  • Fridays: 12.00–13.00; 14.00–15.00; 16.00–17.00; 17.00–18.00*
  • Saturdays: 10.00–12.00; 18.00–20.00
  • Sundays: 15.00–17.00; 19.00–20.00


*Active Imperial session time only: requires an Active Imperial membership to attend

Climbing wall bookings for these times can be made on line at least 24 hours in advance, each session lasts for 1 hour, you must be qualified and the booking must be for 2 people minimum (both qualified), the costs are:

  • Students/Club Imperial – Climb only £4, Climb with kit hire £8
  • All other memberships – Climb only £6, Climb with kit hire £10

Open sessions and courses

We run the following open sessions and courses regularly:

  • Open Sessions: see below for climbing times. Sessions last for 1 hour. (£4 Student and Club Imperial and £8 with equipment rental, all other memberships £6 and £10 with equipment rental) Suitable only for experienced climbing members.
  • Active Imperial sessions: Climb alongside other members of Active Imperial during these two exclusive sessions
  • Climbing TestCan be taken during the Tuesday Active Imperial session (Active Imperial members only) or contact Ethos staff to see if it can be arranged for another time
  • Children's session: currently under review
  • Private Session £35 per hour – to apply please email iain.reid@imperial.ac.uk

Please book your open session in advance online.

Open session climbing times:

  • Mondays: 13.00–14.00; 17.00–18.00
  • Tuesdays: 07.00–08.00; 14.00–16.00
  • Wednesdays: 09.00–12.00
  • Thursdays: 09.00–10.00; 11.00–12.00; 20.00–22.00
  • Fridays: 12.00–13.00; 14.00–15.00; 16.00–17.00
  • Saturdays: 10.00–12.00; 18.00–20.00
  • Sundays: 15.00–17.00; 19.00–20.00
Climbing Wall

The climbing wall is one of the most unique facilities at Ethos

Climbing wall photo 2

The climbing wall provides a range of challenges for both the experienced climber and beginner alike

Climbing wall photo 3

The 9m high featured climbing wall is situated at the eastern end of the sports hall