The Northeastern Climbing Team is the official competitive rock climbing team sanctioned through Northeastern University Club Sports.

Founded in 2014, the team found immediate success by winning the New England Regional Championships and placing second at the National Championships in Melbourne, Florida. Due to increased popularity, the team now maintains a roster of 24 total athletes: 12 male and 12 female.

The team currently trains at the Central Rock Climbing Gyms in Watertown, Randolph, and Cambridge, MA. Full tryouts are held at the beginning of the Fall semester and limited tryouts are held at the beginning of the Spring semester. Tryouts are open to all Northeastern students. The team competes through USA Climbing’s Collegiate Series including local, regional, and national competitions.

In addition to competition-related endeavors, Northeastern Climbing Team members give back to the community through volunteer events and outreach. The team has partnered up with organizations such as OneSummit, Camp Casco, the Access Fund, and the HelpHOPELive Foundation to facilitate a positive impact in the community, and is continually pursuing ways to do so on the local and global scale.

Team members also excel in the academic realm from all of the colleges at NEU including the college of engineering, arts & humanities, science, business, and health sciences, with awards in research and co-op placements at top employers from a wide variety of fields.

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The climbing team hosts tryouts for the team in the Fall and in the Spring.

In the Fall, all 24 of our rosters spots (12 male, 12 female) are open to everybody trying out. Climbers can choose to try out on boulders or on ropes.

In the Spring, we host limited tryouts, only to fill the roster spots of teammates who are leaving to go on a co-op, dialogue, or another reason. These tryouts feature exclusively boulders.

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General FAQ

Q: If I make the team, do I have to join?

A: Absolutely not, although you would love it 🙂

Q: Do I need to know how to belay?

A: Nope!

Q: Can I try out if I’m a grad student?

A: Yes!

Q: I’m not sure if I’ll make it, should I bother trying out!

A: You should definitely tryout! It’s a great way to meet other enthusiastic climbers and you could always make it!

24 climbers consisting of 12 women and 12 men.

The team has two captains’ practices on Sunday and Monday, and a coached practice either Wednesday or Thursday, depending on if you are focusing on sport or bouldering.



Tarne Lamp


Jim Howe

Vice President

Brynn Thomas


Jack Czenszak


Elena Von Der Heyden


Liam Scott