The Climbing Wall will be closed beginning Monday, June 6 for Floor Replacement

Climbing Wall Info

The climbing wall is 33 ft. tall to the pinnacle and has a natural appearance, resembling the geology of North Dakota. The walls are Nicros Artificial Rock Technology walls, which incorporate both natural features and traditional rock climbing holds. 

The top rope free-standing wall is approximately 26 ft. in length and can be used by climbers of all skill levels. The wall offers a variety of terrain from moderate to expert routes. The separate bouldering wall is 12 ft. high and 25 ft. long.

Qualifications & Training

How do I get started?
Come to the Recreation Desk and talk to one of the climbing wall staff.  The staff will 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. Our staff will help you pair up with other climbers who are looking to climb and belay.

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.

Every Friday night (7-10:30 pm) during the academic year, the slackline will be set up in the climbing wall area. What in the world is slackline? It's the sport of balancing on a rope that is fixed above the ground and our staff will be there to help get you started. Stop by to check it out, no experience required! 

7:00-8:00 p.m. 
8:30-9:30 p.m.
10:00-10:30 p.m.

More info here

Off the Wall is our annual bouldering competition! Open to all skill levels with different divisions for beginner, intermediate and advanced. See if you can make your way to the top!

Date: Saturday, Apr. 23 
Time: 11 a.m.
Members (Jan. 9-Apr. 19): $30
Non-members (Jan. 9-Apr. 19): $35
Final Registration (Apr. 20-23): $45
T-shirt included with registration while supplies last! Registration opens Jan. 9

To register and find more information, click here.

Climbing Wall Gallery



Jordan Cox
Campus Recreation & Intramural
Sports Coordinator 

Marin Ehrmantraut
Graduate Assistant for Campus
Recreation & Intramural Sports 

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