Tower climbs are a wonderful way to bring students and staff together to experience a wildly different view of campus and the landscape of Durham.
However, the Chapel tower is not open to the public (including family members or guests), and climbs are restricted to groups directly affiliated with the University. Climbs must be sponsored by at least one full-time Duke faculty or staff member. Please note that, while a Residence Coordinator (RC) can sponsor a climb, a Resident Assistant (RA) and Graduate Residate (GR) cannot.
To schedule a climb, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the words “Tower Climb” in your subject line. Please allow 30 minutes for every 15 people who will be climbing the tower. For example, if you have 30 people who will be climbing, allow 1 hour for the event. There is a minimum of 3 adults per climb. Groups wishing to arrange for more than 2 consecutive climbs must make additional, special arrangements.
Groups arranging a climb must adhere to the following guidelines:
1. All Chapel Tower climbs must be scheduled and supervised by one or more full-time member of Duke faculty or staff, who is referred to as the “Responsible Party(ies).” The Responsible Party(ies) must review the rules set forth herein, advising group members of the rules, and enforcing the rules with group members. The Responsible Party(ies) shall supervise the climbers while they are on the Chapel Tower roof and while they remain in line. Prior to the Climb, the Responsible Party(ies) shall sign the reservation form, certifying that they have reviewed it and are willing to follow these rules.
2. One weeks’ notice is required for all Chapel climbs.
3. No more than fifteen (15) participants will be allowed on the Chapel Tower roof at one time. Participants must be over the age of 12.
4. Duke Chapel Tower climbs will be limited to 45 participants. Climbs may not exceed 30 minutes.
5. All groups exceeding fifteen (15) participants will be required to have one full-time Duke faculty or staff member for every fifteen (15) participants. Each climb must have a Duke employee supervising the climbers. Group members in excess of 15 shall remain outside of the Chapel. If a group exceeds thirty (30) participants a full-time Duke employee should monitor any line that forms at the base of the tower.
6. Tower climbs scheduled for University events (eg. LDOC) or those exceeding 30 participants will require supervision by Duke-recognized security firm Staff One. Arrangements can be made through Joe Doster at email@example.com.
7. The stairs are circular, narrow, and steep, without handrails at certain parts. Participants climb at their own risk. The Responsible Party(ies) will ensure that all participant receive and sign the Individual Climber Liability form. All of these forms must be handed in to Duke Chapel before the climb may proceed.
8. No one who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances shall be permitted to climb the Chapel Tower stairs. No alcohol or controlled substances may be consumed or used while climbers are waiting in line, during the actual ascent and descent of the Chapel Tower stairs or while the climbers remain on the tower roof.
9. The Responsible Party(ies) will ensure that climbers have appropriate footwear that is safe for the climb (eg. No high heels, no loose-fitting or floppy footwear).
10. Book bags and large bags are prohibited. These items may be left in the back pew of the Chapel at the risk of the owner.
11. The tower will be unavailable for climbs on weekends, after 4 p.m., and on University Holidays.
12. Please refrain from touching or grabbing onto any of the light fixtures in the tower stairwell.
13. Food is not permitted in the tower, but water is allowed. Littering is prohibited.
14. There are four doorways that will be passed before the entrance to the top of the tower. These doors are locked and are not accessible to climbers.
15. During inclement weather (e.g. ie. snow, thunderstorms, etc.), the tower will be closed and existing reservations during that time will be suspended. Rescheduling of these climbs is permitted.
16. After the climb, the Responsible Party(ies) will certify to the Visitor Relations Staff Member that all who have ascended the Chapel Tower stairs have descended and exited the tower.
17. All participants must read and sign a liability waiver prior to the climb. These waivers must be given to the Visitor Relations Staff Member immediately preceeding the climb.
For any questions, please also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the front desk at 919-681-9488. See you at the top!