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.
Below describes the different types of climbing available at our wall.
Bouldering is done without ropes or a harness, usually climbing to around 10-12 feet and jumping down on a thick mat at any time. This is especially great for beginners, as well as a good way to build strength with shorter sequences. This video is an example of bouldering.
Top Rope climbing involves a climber and a belayer, who ensures the climber will not fall to the ground by anchor systems used. Anyone may climb our top ropes and auto belays, but you must be Top Rope Belay Endorsed to belay your fellow climbers. (see clinic details below) This video is an example of top rope climbing and belaying.
Lead Climbing involves the climber leading their way up the wall, clipping their rope into quick draws as they progress towards the anchor, with the belayer on the ground to keep them from falling down. You must be Lead Climbing Endorsed to both lead belay and lead climb (see clinic details below) This video is an example of lead climbing and belaying.
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You will be required to watch our orientation video below and pass our climbing quiz before using our climbing facilities.
Hours & Location
Entrance to the Climbing Wall can be found 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 12 hours prior to the reservation and must show up on time in order to keep their reservation.
Hours (Nov. 30 – Dec. 18)
- Monday-Friday: 11:00AM-6:00PM (top-rope climbing by reservation)
- Saturday: 12:00PM-4:00PM
- Sunday: closed
Climbing Wall Clinics
- Gear will be provided, or you can bring your own pending staff approval upon safety inspection.
- 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 Outdoor & 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
- $55 non-members
- October 25, 2-4 p.m.
- November 1, 3-5 p.m.
- November 8, 2-4 p.m.
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)
- $10 members
- $15 non-members
- $5 renewal/test out option
- Noon-2 p.m.
- October 11
- October 25
- November 8
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
- 4-6 p.m.
- October 18
- November 8
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
- $35 non-members
- $10 renewal/test out option
- 12:30-3 p.m.
- October 4
- October 18
- November 1
- November 15
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.
- 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