Climbing Center

Climbing Center

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The Climbing Center at the Rec provides a variety of opportunities for climbers ranging from beginner to advanced. While the main wall is only open during specific hours, our bouldering cave is available for climbing whenever the Rec is open. For specific questions, feel free to reach out or stop by the Outdoor Pursuit Center

Climbing Center Hours of Operation

 (March 15 - Until Further Notice)
Area Monday–Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Climbing Wall

Mon. Wed. - Closed

Tues. Thurs. - 4:00-7:00 pm

Closed 12:00-5:00 pm Closed
Bouldering Cave 6:00am-8:00pm 6:00am-8:00pm 8:00am-6:00pm 10:00am-6:00pm

 

Special Dates:
January 20: Main wall open for Family Fun Day 2:00-4:00pm
Sunday, March 22: 12:00-6:00pm
Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24: CLOSED
Wednesday, March 25: 4:00-7:00pm Thursday-Saturday, March 26-28: CLOSED
Sunday, March 29: 12:00-6:00pm

Looking to climb? You don't need to be part of any club or even have your own gear! Our friendly staff at the climbing wall desk are there to get you started. They'll introduce you to the sport and our facility, help you rent gear, and give you tips along the way.

Ways to Climb

Bouldering

  • Climbing without any harnesses or ropes at lower heights and above thick padding.

Auto-belays

  • Auto-belays or automatic belays, use magnetic braking technology to control a climber's safety line. While connected to the system, the climber's webbing will retract into the mechanism until they come off the wall. During the climber's descent, the auto-belay slowly extends the webbing to give a smooth ride back to the ground.
  • Use of auto-belays requires a 5 minute orientation with a staff member.
  • You must be wearing a harness to use auto-belays. If you do not have one of your own, you can rent one at the wall desk.

Patron Belay

  • To belay is to control and manage the rope for a climber.
  • You may belay another patron as long as you have passed our belay test (Valid for the remainder of the academic year). Top-rope belay tests cost $10.
  • A harness is needed for both climber and belayer. The belayer will also need a belay device. All pieces of equipment are available for rent at the desk.
  • Patrons can learn to belay in a climbing clinic.

Staff Belay

  • You can request a staff member to manage the rope for you while you climb.
  • $3 per climb.
  • A single staff belayed climb ends when you reach the top of the wall or decide to be lowered.
  • A harness is needed to have a staff member belay you.

Leading

  • We are proud to offer lead climbing. Lead climbing is bringing the rope up and connecting to pieces of protection while climbing.
  • Both climber and belayer must be lead qualified at our facility ($15 Test).
  • Patrons can learn to lead climb and belay in a climbing clinic.

Not a Rec Member? Simply purchase a Rec Daily Pass at the Pro Shop and proceed to the Climbing Center. This purchase will include a voucher for a complimentary staff belay ($2.50 harness rental not included).

Open Bouldering Policy

  • Use of the bouldering cave is permitted anytime the main Rec facility is open.
  • Open bouldering is only permitted in bouldering cave (bouldering on main wall only allowed when climbing wall is open).
  • Climbing is an inherently dangerous activity that may lead to serious injury or death. CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • Climb only as high as you feel comfortable falling or jumping from.
  • Inappropriate use of the climbing area may result in loss of climbing privileges and/or access to the Recreational Center.
  • Do not hang on light fixtures or climb above where the climbing holds stop.
  • Persons under 15 years old are required to have supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Persons under the age of 5 are not permitted to boulder.
  • Closed-toe shoes are required for climbing.
  • Shoes must be worn for walking around climbing area.

Safe Bouldering Resources

Climbing Wall Equipment Rentals

Rentals are available per visit. All rental equipment must be returned at the end of your climbing session.

  • Climbing Shoes–$3.50
  • Harness–$2.50
  • Belay Device–$2.50
Looking to purchase your own climbing equipment? Check out the selection in the Pro Shop.

Services

  • Staff Belay–$3 per climb 
  • Top-Rope Belay Test–$10
  • Lead Test– $15

Intro to Climbing Clinic

If you are wanting to become more independent in the sport of climbing, this is the clinic for you. With a main focus on the skill of belaying, you will learn and practice basics such as tying a climber in and getting set up to climb as well as the important skills of properly managing the rope for another climber. Instructors will also answer questions and coach on other beginner techniques to make you a stronger climber as time permits. This is a 2 hour semi-private (4:1 student to instructor ratio) clinic that includes the rental of essential equipment and the cost of the belay test to be taken at later time.

Clinics scheduled by request

Clinic Fee: $25 per person

Already know how to belay? Take our belay test ($10, valid for remainder of academic year) with any of our wall staff when the climbing wall is open.

Lead Series

Once you have mastered the basics, learning to lead climb and belay is the next step in furthering yourself as a climber. A lead climber tows the rope up the wall and connects it to points of protection in the wall as they climb. This style of climbing requires heightened skills and awareness from both the climber and belayer as the climber's falling distance increases compared to when they are on ropes already secured overhead. This series will teach necessary techniques and risk management as well as give you time to practice them. Each lead series consists of 2 separate 2-hour sessions and must be taught in groups of at least 2 people with no more than 6. Climbers taking the lead series must be belay qualified at our facility and be able to complete a 5.9 route without weighting the rope.

Clinics scheduled by request

Series Fee: $50 per person

Already know how to lead climb and belay? Schedule a lead test with Bridget ($15, valid for remainder of the academic year).

Rental Information

The Climbing Center offers the opportunity to host exclusive climbing programs outside of our operating hours, and semi-exclusive programs when the wall is open. If your group is interested in reserving the wall for unique social events such as Greek events, residence hall outings, boy/girl scout activities or birthday celebrations submit a Facility Rental Request. Please allow at least two weeks for reservations.

Questions? Contact Jim Wachenheim at 513-529-8177

Climbing Info

Looking to climb? You don't need to be part of any club or even have your own gear! Our friendly staff at the climbing wall desk are there to get you started. They'll introduce you to the sport and our facility, help you rent gear, and give you tips along the way.

Ways to Climb

Bouldering

  • Climbing without any harnesses or ropes at lower heights and above thick padding.

Auto-belays

  • Auto-belays or automatic belays, use magnetic braking technology to control a climber's safety line. While connected to the system, the climber's webbing will retract into the mechanism until they come off the wall. During the climber's descent, the auto-belay slowly extends the webbing to give a smooth ride back to the ground.
  • Use of auto-belays requires a 5 minute orientation with a staff member.
  • You must be wearing a harness to use auto-belays. If you do not have one of your own, you can rent one at the wall desk.

Patron Belay

  • To belay is to control and manage the rope for a climber.
  • You may belay another patron as long as you have passed our belay test (Valid for the remainder of the academic year). Top-rope belay tests cost $10.
  • A harness is needed for both climber and belayer. The belayer will also need a belay device. All pieces of equipment are available for rent at the desk.
  • Patrons can learn to belay in a climbing clinic.

Staff Belay

  • You can request a staff member to manage the rope for you while you climb.
  • $3 per climb.
  • A single staff belayed climb ends when you reach the top of the wall or decide to be lowered.
  • A harness is needed to have a staff member belay you.

Leading

  • We are proud to offer lead climbing. Lead climbing is bringing the rope up and connecting to pieces of protection while climbing.
  • Both climber and belayer must be lead qualified at our facility ($15 Test).
  • Patrons can learn to lead climb and belay in a climbing clinic.

Not a Rec Member? Simply purchase a Rec Daily Pass at the Pro Shop and proceed to the Climbing Center. This purchase will include a voucher for a complimentary staff belay ($2.50 harness rental not included).

Bouldering

Open Bouldering Policy

  • Use of the bouldering cave is permitted anytime the main Rec facility is open.
  • Open bouldering is only permitted in bouldering cave (bouldering on main wall only allowed when climbing wall is open).
  • Climbing is an inherently dangerous activity that may lead to serious injury or death. CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  • Climb only as high as you feel comfortable falling or jumping from.
  • Inappropriate use of the climbing area may result in loss of climbing privileges and/or access to the Recreational Center.
  • Do not hang on light fixtures or climb above where the climbing holds stop.
  • Persons under 15 years old are required to have supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Persons under the age of 5 are not permitted to boulder.
  • Closed-toe shoes are required for climbing.
  • Shoes must be worn for walking around climbing area.

Safe Bouldering Resources

Wall Prices

Climbing Wall Equipment Rentals

Rentals are available per visit. All rental equipment must be returned at the end of your climbing session.

  • Climbing Shoes–$3.50
  • Harness–$2.50
  • Belay Device–$2.50
Looking to purchase your own climbing equipment? Check out the selection in the Pro Shop.

Services

  • Staff Belay–$3 per climb 
  • Top-Rope Belay Test–$10
  • Lead Test– $15

Climbing Clinics

Intro to Climbing Clinic

If you are wanting to become more independent in the sport of climbing, this is the clinic for you. With a main focus on the skill of belaying, you will learn and practice basics such as tying a climber in and getting set up to climb as well as the important skills of properly managing the rope for another climber. Instructors will also answer questions and coach on other beginner techniques to make you a stronger climber as time permits. This is a 2 hour semi-private (4:1 student to instructor ratio) clinic that includes the rental of essential equipment and the cost of the belay test to be taken at later time.

Clinics scheduled by request

Clinic Fee: $25 per person

Already know how to belay? Take our belay test ($10, valid for remainder of academic year) with any of our wall staff when the climbing wall is open.

Lead Series

Once you have mastered the basics, learning to lead climb and belay is the next step in furthering yourself as a climber. A lead climber tows the rope up the wall and connects it to points of protection in the wall as they climb. This style of climbing requires heightened skills and awareness from both the climber and belayer as the climber's falling distance increases compared to when they are on ropes already secured overhead. This series will teach necessary techniques and risk management as well as give you time to practice them. Each lead series consists of 2 separate 2-hour sessions and must be taught in groups of at least 2 people with no more than 6. Climbers taking the lead series must be belay qualified at our facility and be able to complete a 5.9 route without weighting the rope.

Clinics scheduled by request

Series Fee: $50 per person

Already know how to lead climb and belay? Schedule a lead test with Bridget ($15, valid for remainder of the academic year).

Rent the Wall

Rental Information

The Climbing Center offers the opportunity to host exclusive climbing programs outside of our operating hours, and semi-exclusive programs when the wall is open. If your group is interested in reserving the wall for unique social events such as Greek events, residence hall outings, boy/girl scout activities or birthday celebrations submit a Facility Rental Request. Please allow at least two weeks for reservations.

Questions? Contact Jim Wachenheim at 513-529-8177