The Climbing Wall is excited to be reopening this fall! Scroll down for hours, virtual resources, and more.

Wanna work for the Climbing Wall at the CSU Rec Center? Applications for the Climbing Wall Assistant position are available on Handshake until Sunday, November 8th at 11:55 pm. Apply now!

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.

The climbing wall is open for bouldering, roped climbing, and equipment checkout during the following hours starting Fall 2020:
• Monday – Friday: 9am to 9 pm
• Saturday: Closed for cleaning and route setting
• Sunday: 12pm to 9pm

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.

We will be testing and renewing belay check-offs beginning in Fall 2020 and begin offering belay lessons in early September. Stay tuned to this webpage for more information about our belay lessons coming up and feel free to consult our online climbing resources for videos on acceptable belay techniques used in our facility.

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

Virtual 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, Assistant Director of Outdoor Program 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