Rock Climbing at the Roger Carter Community Center

Boost your confidence and get a great workout on the 26-foot-tall indoor climbing wall! Rock Climbing is an excellent addition to your workout routine...
Did you know?  Benefits of climbing include:

  • Total body workout
  • Increases range of motion and flexibility
  • Boosts brain function Reduces stress
  • Provides a sense of achievement
  • Increases strength and endurance
  • Improves grip strength

Drop in during Open Climb time or contact us to arrange a private lesson! See below for details.

For a complete list of Adventure and Outdoor programs and camps, visit howardcountymd.gov/adventure, including opportunities for indoor and outdoor climbing in summer camps and custom programs!

Roger Carter Community Center
3000 Milltowne Dr, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Climber on the wall 2020

Open Climbs

Practice your climbing skills or try climbing for the first time!
Fit4U & Go50+ members climb free, $5 for everyone else (including RCCC-only members). 5 yrs+, fee includes necessary equipment and HCRP staff belayer. Drop in during posted open climb times; HCRP staff belayer will rotate through the climbers. Please note: Open Climb slots are for individuals not groups. Groups of 5 or more MUST call Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 for group rates and times at least two weeks' prior to climbing.

Climbing Wall Schedule
The wall is open to the public during the scheduled Open Climb times; posted on this site and updated monthly.

Current Open Climb schedule*:

Once the facility has reopened, Open Climbs will resume the regular schedule below

Mondays from 7-9pm
Wednesdays from 5-7pm
Fridays from 7-9pm
Saturdays from 9am-Noon

Please note, no groups accepted during open climb times. Group visits and private instruction available with two-weeks advance notice. Contact Dawn Thomas for details (410-313-1754 or [email protected]).

*During summer camp season, Open Climb hours may be adjusted or the wall may not be available at all on select dates.  Call the Center to check current hours.

Classes, Lessons & Groups


Intro to Rock Climbing
Climb to new heights as you experience the basics of rock climbing in this beginner class! HCRP instructors belay and teach equipment usage, safety on the wall, movement and climbing techniques in a fun and supportive environment. No experience necessary and all equipment provided. No experience necessary and all equipment provided. Info: Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754.
2 classes, start dates below / Roger Carter Comm Ctr / $35
RP9242.701    18yrs+   March 25   7-8:30pm   W  POSTPONED - Check back soon for new date!

RP9242.702    8-17yrs  April 15      7-8:30pm   W  POSTPONED - Check back soon for new date!

Coming Soon: Women Rock – A Climbing Intro!

Private Lessons

Private lessons for 5 yrs+: One-hour lesson designed specifically to meet the needs of the student. $25 per hour, $15 each additional family member or friend, up to 6 people total.
Contact Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 for more information.

Climbing Wall Parties / Events

Hold your next group event or party at the RCCC Climbing Wall! No climbing experience necessary - staff instructors will belay. Harnesses and basic safety instruction provided; 20 participant maximum for all climbing parties. Minimum of 2 weeks advanced notice required. A Party room can be added to rental for an additional charge.
Contact Dawn Thomas, 410-313-1754 for details.