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.

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.

Roped Climbing & Equipment Checkout

  • Monday – Friday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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.

All Climbing Wall Programs that are Drop-In are free and do not require pre-registration.  Classes and Events are programs that require pre-registration and a small registration fee.  Register at the Service Center or online at

Questions? Contact Andy Nelson, Outdoor Program Coordinator at

Drop-In Programs – FREE!

Belay Lessons & Climbing Coaching

  • Mon – Fri 4pm-8pm

Learn to Climb (4-6 participants)

  • Mondays 3-5pm
    • Feb 3
    • Feb 17
    • March 2

She Climbs

  • Thursday’s 7-9pm
    • Feb 6
    • March 5
    • April 9
    • May 7

Climbing Knots

  • Thursday’s 6-8pm
    • Jan 30
    • Apr 2

Assisted Braking Devices

  • Feb 13 6-8pm

Multi-Pitch Basics

  • Apr 16 6-8pm


Lead Climbing – $10

  • Sunday’s 12-4pm
    • Feb 2
    • Feb 16
    • Mar 1
    • Mar 8
    • Mar 29
    • Apr 5
    • Apr 19
    • May 3

Into to Routesetting – $15

  • Saturday’s 10am-3pm
    • Feb 15
    • Mar 7
    • Apr 18

Program Descriptions

Learn to Climb – Join a Climbing Wall staff member for an easy and inclusive introduction to indoor rock climbing.  Learn how to use the facility, the basics of climbing movement, and feel confident exploring the wall.

Belay Lessons & Climbing Coaching – 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.

She Climbs – Stop by the wall during She Climbs to meet, connect, and climb with other women-identifying climbers! Each She Climbs event is facilitated by our women staff.

Climbing Knots – How many knots do you know?  Stop by the wall during this time to learn all of the basic climbing knots used in modern climbing.  Includes a free practice climbing rope to keep!

Assisted Braking Devices – Assisted Braking Devices (ABD) are becoming the most common type of belay device on the market and required for use in lead climbing in our facility.  Stop by during this time to learn about the types of ABD’s we checkout and use here at the Climbing Wall.

Multi-Pitch Basics – Ever wondered how climbers climb super tall rock faces?  Stop by the wall during this time to learn some of the basics of multi-pitch climbing, and what you need to know before climbing taller and longer rock climbs.

Lead Climbing Class – Learn to lead climb and lead belay in this 4-hour class that will cover safety, clipping techniques, and lead climbing systems.  Pre-requisite: Current top-rope belay checkoff in our facility.

Introduction to Route Setting – Ever wondered how our staff creates the climbs on the wall?  Join our staff for this 5-hour class on the fundamentals of route setting.  Learn what strategies, tools, and techniques are used to create climbing movement.  Participants will get an opportunity to set a boulder problem for our climbing community here at Colorado State!

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