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Aquatics & Outdoors

Jacks on Belay Climbing Competition

Update: The 2020 competition is canceled.

Check back summer 2021 for the next competition date.

Campus Recreation’s annual indoor climbing competition, held in early November, draws college students from throughout Texas. Participants, divided into divisions based on gender and skill level, test their skills in top rope climbing and bouldering challenges.

In addition to the chance to win medallions for your climbing skills, you can enter prize drawings at this event.

Join us for the 13th annual Jacks on Belay climbing competition

  • Date: Nov. 9 Competition canceled for 2020. Check back for 2021
  • Location: SFA Student Recreation Center
  • Divisions (Male and Female): Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
  • Weight Restrictions: None
  • Age Restrictions: You must be 16 years or older to belay. If you are 15 years or younger, you must wear a helmet (provided by us) when climbing.

Fees and Registration

Lunch and swag items are included in registration cost.

Schedule of Events

  • 8 a.m. Registration opens for both Session I and II
  • 8:45 a.m. Rules meeting for both Session I and II
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Session I climbing competition
  • 2 to 6 p.m. Session II climbing competition
  • 6:15 p.m. Dyno competition
  • 6:45 p.m. Award ceremony and drawing

For more information, call the Outdoor Center at 936.468.6055.

Competition results will be posted here within three business days after the event. Curious about last year's event? View the 2018 Jacks on Belay competition results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Rec: Rock Wall FAQ

Rock Wall

How can I get started climbing at the rock wall?

You first need to take an orientation class (belay or boulder). Once you complete one, you can start climbing.

I have a belay certification from somewhere else. Can I just jump on the wall?

Each climbing location offers its own orientation class for climbers geared toward explaining the rules of that location. If you have climbing experience somewhere else, you will still be required to take our belay class. This way we can ensure you know your skills but also know the rules of our wall. If you can demonstrate the correct techniques and tie all knots correctly, the class will take less time.

Does the rock wall provide all gear needed to climb?

Harnesses, chalk and climbing shoes are available for check out for free. The rock wall staff can supply you with the equipment when you check in. All other safety equipment for climbing (ropes, anchors and belay device) are set up on the rock wall when you arrive.

Can I use my own equipment on the rock wall?

You can use your own harness, shoes and chalk if they are in good working order. For all other equipment, you must use the equipment provided by the rock wall. You must sign off on your waiver that you understand the risks of using your own equipment on the rock wall. Check with the staff for more information. We strongly recommend that you inspect your own climbing gear prior to every use and follow the manufacturer’s recommended inspection/retirement policies. Know your gear. Failure to follow these recommendations can lead to failure of equipment. SFA is not responsible for failure of personal equipment.

Student Recreation Center

Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 10 p.m.

Note: These hours are for the regular fall and spring semesters only and are subject to change. View the Reduced Hours for information on special/holiday hours.



Campus Recreation Department
Staff directory

Physical Address:
Student Recreation Center
1817 Wilson Drive

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13016, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962