The climbing wall is 33 feet tall to the pinnacle and has a natural appearance resembling the geology of North Dakota. The walls are Nicros A.R.T. walls, which stands for Artificial Rock Technology, which incorporates both natural features and traditional rock climbing holds.
The free-standing wall is approximately 26 feet in length and can be used by climbers of all abilities from beginner to expert. The wall offers a variety of terrain from moderate to expert routes. The separate bouldering wall is 12 feet high and 25 feet long.
How do I get started?
Come to the Recreation Desk and talk to one of the climbing wall staff. The staff can help you get signed up for one of our qualification courses, provided at no charge to members. Previous experience is not necessary.
What should I wear?
Wear clothing that allows freedom of movement. For example, what you’re wearing should allow you to step up to the second rung of a ladder and/or do jumping jacks. Shoes should fit snug and lace up. Avoid shoes with open heels or toes. Socks are mandatory for rental shoes, which are provided free of charge.
Do I need a partner?
No. Anyone can boulder without a partner. Or, staff will help you pair up with other climbers who are looking to climb and belay.
What if I have experience?
If you have previous climbing experience and know how to properly tie the figure-eight follow-through knot, as well as how to belay, you may come to the Recreation Desk and ask a climbing wall staff member to do a skills test.
What is bouldering?
Bouldering is rock climbing close enough to the ground that ropes are not needed. To help make landings safer, boulderers often use dense-foam ‘crash pads’ and spotters.
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