The Payne Center has reopened for patrons. All outdoor trips are currently on hold due to COVID-19 guidelines and precautions.
Southern Miss Outdoor Adventures is bringing tons of fun along with new locations for trips such as hiking, rafting, camping and much more. To sign up or pay for a trip, visit the Payne Center Sales Desk. For questions, call 266-5405 or email Bill%20Powe, Aquatics and Outdoor Adventures Coordinator.
All USM Faculty, Staff and Students with USM ID are invited to participate!
*All trips are subject to change. Pre-trip meetings will be held the Wednesday prior to each trip at 5pm in the Payne Center's Wet Classroom (inside the Natatorium.) All trips include transportation, lodging, food on location and necessary gear and equipment. The discounted early bird rate is offered up to two weeks prior to each trip date. Visit the Payne Center Sales Desk to sign up and pay for trips.
Q: What are the dimensions of the climbing wall?
A: The climbing wall is approximately 30 feet tall and 40 feet wide.
Q: How can you tell the difficulty of routes on the wall?
A: The routes get harder from right to left.
Q: Are there any requirements to climb the wall?
A: All climbers must first read and complete a waiver stating the inherent risks of climbing. All climbers are required to wear harnesses while top roping. (Climbers do not need to wear a harness while bouldering.)
Q: What is bouldering?
A: Bouldering is climbing horizontally (traversing) the wall without being "connected to a wall with a rope." USM's bouldering line/limit is three panels up, or approximately 10 feet up the wall.
Q: Is it possible to climb outside of normal operating hours?
A: Yes, but by reservation ONLY. Reservations can be made by emailing Bill%20Powe, Coordinator of Aquatics and Outdoor Adventures.
Q: What if I want to belay my friend?
A: You must be certified by our staff to belay on your own. We offer belay clinics frequently to teach you the basics of climbing and belay techniques. Each belay clinic is $10 per participant and the certification is good for 1 year.
Q: What should I wear to climb on the wall?
A: Athletic clothing is the most appropriate to wear while climbing. Any attire that has loose or dangling pieces should be avoided. Close-toed athletic shoes and socks are required to climb as well. We do offer climbing shoes to be rented out.
Bill%20Powe, Aquatics and Outdoor Adventures Coordinator at 601.266.5408