FOR THE GOAL OF SAFEGUARDING OUR COMMUNITY, THE STUDENT RECREATION CENTER IS CLOSED AS OF MARCH 16 AT 6PM.

All Climbing Wall in-person programs have been suspended for the remainder of the semester.

Scroll down to find our “At Home Climbing Resources” for a variety of online climbing resources for our community, as well as a schedule of online education opportunities provided by our staff.

The Climbing Wall at the Student Recreation Center offers a variety of activities such as competitions and classes, plus free equipment checkout for Rec Center members. Routes and boulder problems are set on a weekly basis so there is always something new to climb!  Never climbed before? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help orient you to the wall and climbing in a way that is inviting, safe, and fun!

Our facility offers 55 linear feet of bouldering space, two free-standing towers for roped climbing, and the outdoor boulder. The wall design is a mixture of high-performance and realistic rock texture to achieve a variety of climbing styles and challenges for all-ability levels.

At Home Climbing Resources!

Here is a list of free online climbing resources that our patrons can engage with while being unable to utilize our climbing wall. We have evaluated all these resources in accordance with our own expertise and find them to be valuable to developing your climbing knowledge, skills, and awareness.  Each of these sources aligns with our values of community and inclusion. If you have any questions, additions, or concerns about the resources on this list, please contact Andy Nelson, Outdoor Program Coordinator at Andy.Nelson@colostate.edu 

Gear

Choosing a Climbing Harness

Choosing a Climbing Shoe

Best Women’s Climbing Shoes

Climbing Ropes

Belay Devices

 

Basic Knots

Figure-8 KnotVideo 2

Barrel Knot 

Clove Hitch

Figure-8 on a Bight

Overhand on a Bight

 

There are a variety of other knots and hitches we use in the climbing and outdoor recreation.  Check out one of our favorite easy resources for learning knots: Animated Knots by Grog 

Open Bouldering

The climbing wall is open for bouldering during normal Rec Center hours except for Saturdays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm when it is closed for route setting.

All patrons using the Climbing Wall check in and obtain a wristband at the Service Center during open bouldering. Wristbands and check in begin at the Climbing Wall desk during roped climbing hours.

Roped Climbing & Equipment Checkout

Don’t own your own climbing gear? No problem! We checkout climbing shoes, harnesses, belay devices, lead ropes, and dry ice tools for free during roped climbing hours. We do not rent chalk, but chalk balls can be purchased at the Service Center for $3.00.

Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you start roped climbing in our facility safely and proficiently.  This training will teach you about the necessary equipment, knots, techniques, terminology, and basic wall orientation.

Stop by the Climbing Wall desk anytime between 4-8pm, Mon-Fri to receive a free belay lesson or climbing coaching from one of our knowledgeable staff! After passing a skills check – you will be eligible to belay in our facility for one year.

Our Outdoor Program trips also teach a variety of climbing outside:

  • Intro to Rock Climbing
  • Learn to Trad Climb
  • Intro to Sport Climbing
  • Intro to Ice Climbing
  • Alpine Ice Climbing