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.

Whether you're a beginner or expert, join us for the annual bouldering competition! Bouldering is a ropeless form of climbing where every fall is a ground fall using crash pads. All skill levels encouraged! Register here!

Divisions for men and women and varying skill levels:
Beginner: V0-V1
Intermediate: V1-V3
Advanced: V3+

When: Saturday, April 13th - 11 am
Where: NDSU Wellness Center
Who: Everyone! Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Divisions available for beginners, intermediate and advanced climbers.

Pre-registration Deadline:Wednesday, April 10
Student: $30
Non-student: $35
Final Registration 4/11-4/13: $45
*T-shirt included with registration while supplies last

Every Monday night (8:30-10:30 pm) during the spring semester, 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!

More information here

Climbing Wall Gallery


Courtney Berntsen
Campus Recreation & Intramural
Sports Coordinator 

Nauman Jalil
Graduate Assistant for Campus
Recreation & Intramural Sports 
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