Student rock climbing at ARC

Climbing Wall

The climbing wall is a 35.5-foot tall, state-of-the-art manufactured structure designed to challenge first-timers or seasoned vets. Routes are changed regularly to maintain a high level of fun and challenge. You don’t need experience, equipment, or a belayer. We have it all. Just drop in during open climbing hours and the staff will outfit you with the necessary gear for a small fee and provide you with a belay.

We also offer a variety of clinics to help increase your climbing skills. When you complete our indoor top-rope endorsement clinic/test you will be allowed to belay and climb on the wall without the assistance of our staff.

Want to increase the challenge? Complete our indoor lead climbing clinic and experience the thrill of putting the rope up as you climb. There are also climbing clinics designed specifically for families and kids.

Want to take your climbing adventure outdoors? We can help!

The Rental Center details all fees.

Hours & Location

The Climbing Wall is currently CLOSED for the summer.

  • M-F: 3-9 p.m.
  • SAT/SUN: 3-7 p.m.
  • Break Hours: 4-7 p.m. daily

Rentals

Visit the Rental Center for more information regarding different gear offered and fees to check it out. At minimum, you will need a pair of rock climbing shoes and a harness.

Climbing Wall Clinics

General Information

  • All clinics are single days.
  • Gear will be provided, or you can bring your own.
  • Register/pay for climbing clinics at the ARC Rental Center during climbing wall operating hours at least 5 days in advance
  • Cancellation policy: You may receive a full refund if proper notice is given at least 7 days before the start date of the clinic. A refund of 50% will be given if notification is given 5-7 days prior to the start date. No refund will be given less than 4 days prior to the clinic start date.
  • If a clinic is canceled by Adventure Recreation, a full refund will be given

Climbing 101 – Intro to Climbing Class

Participants will learn and practice fundamental climbing techniques, climbing gear use, bouldering, and belaying, among other things. No prior climbing knowledge or gear is required.The final class will focus on instruction specific to the top-rope belay endorsement. All participants will receive the top-rope belay endorsement at the session’s conclusion. Climbing 101 is three total days.

All classes and clinics will meet at the ARC climbing wall.

Fee (includes three, 2-hour sessions

  • $50 members
  • $60 non-members

Time

  • TBD

Dates

  • TBD

Top-Rope Belay Endorsement Clinic

The clinic includes knot tying techniques, belaying skills, and a belay endorsement examination. Some climbing knowledge is helpful but not required. This endorsement allows you to climb and belay without the need of a staff member.

Fee (per clinic)

  • $30 members
  • $40 non-members

Time

  • Monday 9-11 pm

Dates

  • TBD

Kids Climbing Clinic

Instruction is given on safety, climbing equipment use, and basic climbing techniques in a supportive and motivating environment. Additional activities like basic knot tying or bouldering may also take place if time permits.

Fee (per clinic)

  • $15 members
  • $20 non-members

Time

  • Saturday/Sunday 12:30-2:30 pm

Dates

  • TBD

Lead Climbing Clinic

Intensify your climbing experience by learning the basics of lead belaying, lead climbing, clipping, and safe falling, among other things. In order to register, participants must successfully climb a 5.9 to the top of the wall without falling and be checked off by an OAR staff member, as well as be belay endorsed. Completion and endorsement of the course will permit the climber to lead at the ARC rock climbing wall during lead hours.

Fee (per clinic)

  • $30 members
  • $40 non-members

Time

  • Monday 9-11 pm

Dates

  • TBD

Waivers

We require all participants to sign a waiver when coming to the climbing wall for the first time and recommended that you download it, print it out, and complete it beforehand. This ensures you have as much time to climb as possible.

First-time participants should print and complete the following waivers to speed up your orientation.

Liability Waiver (pdf)

All endorsements must be renewed annually.

Climbing Wall Policies

FAQ

  • Q: What if I left something at the wall?
    A: Lost and Found is located in the Rental Center
  • Q: Do I need to pay if I have my own gear?
    A: Not as a student, but belay devices and personal ropes are prohibited for safety reasons
  • Q: What is an auto belay?
    A: A way to climb the wall without the need for a belayer. Great for solo climbers or those doing route training
  • Q: What does 5.9 or 5.11+ mean?
    A: The numbers are part of a rating system, which goes from a 5.5 to 5.15, from easier to extremely difficult
  • Q: Can I rent gear for the whole semester instead of each day I climb
    A: Yes! You can purchase harness, shoes, or both for a set price which is great for those who climb often

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