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 climbers. Routes are changed regularly to maintain a high level of fun and challenge. You don’t need experience, equipment, or a belayer. The staff will outfit you with the necessary gear for a small fee and provide you with a belay.


Top Rope

Lead Climbing

Orientation Video

You will be required to watch the following orientation video and pass the climbing quiz before using the climbing facilities.

Hours and Location

Hours for all Campus Rec Facilities, including the Adventure Rec Rental Center and Climbing Wall, can be found on the Current Hours of Operation page.

Hours of Operation

Entrance to the Climbing Wall is on the concourse level of the ARC. You can reserve a time slot at the Climbing Wall up to 5 days in advance via the online reservation portal. Members may cancel up to 4 hours prior to the reservation and must show up on time in order to keep their reservation.


One Time RentalSemester Rental
Climbing Shoes$1$45
Climbing Harness$1$45
Shoes and Harness$2$70

Climbing Wall Clinics

General Information

  • All clinics are held at the ARC Climbing Wall
  • Gear will be provided, or you can bring your own (pending staff safety inspection)
  • Cancellation policy: You may receive a full refund if notice is given at least 7 days before 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

Clinic Descriptions

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dates and Registration

Climbing Clinics will appear in the calendar below. Click on any of the calendar entries for the registration instructions and link.

Adventure Rec Calendar

Belay Tests

If you are already a confident belayer, you can take a drop-in belay test ($5) at the start of your reservation. A qualified belayer will be able to: 

  • Tie in a partner using a figure 8 follow-through knot and a double-fisherman’s stopper knot. 
  • Correctly set up an ATC or Grigri belay device. 
  • Verbalize and identify all safety checks for climber and belayer (harness double-backed, carabineers locked, ropes not crossed, etc.) 
  • Catch an announced and an unannounced fall. 
  • Demonstrate correct PBUS belay technique (Pull, Brake, Under, Slide) and lowering technique. 
    • Brake hand must be kept on the rope at all times 
  • Know the climbing commands used at the ARC, and when to use them. 
    • “On belay?” “Belay on” 
    • “Climbing!” “Climb on!” 
    • “Take!” “Take on” 
    • “Lower!” “Lowering!” 
    • “Slack!” 
    • “Rock” 

Patrons who want to learn to belay, who are unsure of any of the above requirements, or who want a refresher should register for our Top-Rope Belay Clinic. 

Climbing wall staff will administer the test and ensure that all certified individuals are safe, confident belayers. To take the test, ask a climbing wall staff member at the beginning of your reservation! You should bring a friend to act as your climber. Belay certified patrons will receive a belay tag to wear on their harness, which will expire at the end of the summer. 


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. All endorsements must be renewed annually.

Liability Waiver   Policies