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 Climbing Wall and Outdoor Adventures desk and talk to one of our staff.  The staff will help you get signed up for one of our belay certification courses, provided at no charge to members.  Belay Certification courses will be offered starting at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. No previous experience is 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.

Come climb with us! This event is for women only and is FREE! Come and check out the climbing wall with our female climbing staff! If you are interested in learning to climb or want to meet more female climbers, then this is the night for you! 

No experience is necessary and all gear and instruction is provided. 

Sunday, Sep. 10 - 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Registration opens Aug. 27. Click here to register.


New to rock climbing and looking to learn more? Join us for this free beginner rock climbing event! Learn the basics of climbing, including safety, belaying and route setting.

Wednesday, Aug. 23 - 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26 - 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Registration opens Aug. 16. Click here to register 


On selected Friday nights 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! 

Dates: Sep. 29, Oct. 27, Dec. 8

Time:  7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


Whether you're a beginner or an expert, join us for our new bouldering and top rope competition! Belayers and crash pads are used for this event. All skill levels are encouraged! Click here to register 

Saturday, Oct. 21 - 11 am

Pre-registration Deadline: Wednesday, Oct. 11

Student: $30

Non-student: $35

Final Registration 10/12-10/21: $45   *T-shirt included with registration while supplies last

Climbing Wall Gallery


Madi Janes
Recreation & Intramural Coordinator



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