Climbing Wall

The Outdoor Program manages the climbing wall at the Student Recreation Center and offers a variety of activities such as bouldering competitions, belay training, and more. Check out the information below to learn more.

Climbing Wall Info

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 daily 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. 

Hours

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. 

Special Programming & Events

Climbing Wall Classes

Top Rope Belay Lessons – FREE

  • Monday-Friday • Anytime between 5-8pm

Lead Climbing Class - $5.00

  • Sunday Sep 3rd • 12-4pm
  • Sunday, Sep 17 • 12-4pm
  • Sunday, Oct 1 • 12-4pm
  • Sunday, Oct 15 • 12-4pm
  • Sunday, Oct 29 • 12-4pm
  • Sunday, Nov 12 • 12-4pm
  • Sunday, Dec 3 • 12-4pm

Sport Climbing Anchors - $5.00

  • Thursday, Sept 7 • 6-8pm
  • Monday, Sept 25 • 6-8pm
  • Thursday, Oct 5 • 6-8pm
  • Monday, Oct 16 • 6-8pm
  • Thursday, Nov 2 • 6-8pm

Rappelling - $5.00

  • Sunday, Sep 10 • 12-3pm
  • Sunday, Oct 8 • 12-3pm
  • Sunday, Nov 5 • 12-3pm

Registration: $5 per class - Please register at the Service Center or online here.

Questions? Please contact Andy Nelson, Outdoor Program Coordinator at andy.nelson@colostate.edu 

Class descriptions:
  • Lead Climbing Class - Learn to lead climb and lead belay in this 3-hour class that will cover safety, clipping techniques, and lead climbing systems. Pre requisite: Current top-rope belay certification
  • Sport Climbing Anchors - This clinic will cover safe methods for setting up and cleaning fixed anchor systems
  • Rappelling Clinic - This clinic will cover safe and efficient techniques for rappelling outside

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. 

Top-Rope Belay Trainings

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 on between 5-8 pm, Monday through Friday to receive training.  After passing a skills check – you will be eligible to belay in our facility for one year. 

Other Classes

The Climbing Wall is a great place to learn and meet others interested in climbing both inside and out!  We also offer a variety of classes on the following topics:

  • Climbing Movement & Training
  • Sport Anchor Fundamentals
  • Rappelling Safely
  • Basic Rock Rescue
  • Rock Tips and Tricks

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