Building bonds through climbing

Over the past five years, Carolina's Climbing Club has developed into one of the best collegiate climbing programs in the southeast while also building a community for hundreds of Tar Heels.

The UNC Climbing Club began in 2015, founded by two current semi-professional climbers, Kerry Scott and Austin Duncan. Since then, the club has grown to just over 200 members and hosts practices five days a week.

The members’ dedication is evident. For the past three years, the club has been named the overall champions in the southeast division of the USA Climbing Collegiate Regional Championships.

In addition to practices and competitions, members of the climbing club build community by participating in social events and volunteer opportunities, such as through Habitat for Humanity.

“Getting attached to that community within climbing is a lot of what keeps people coming back,” said Greg Rinn, co-president of the UNC Climbing Club. “It’s a super supportive group of people that you are always learning from and can give a lot to.”