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.

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! More information and registration here.

No experience necessary and all gear and instruction is provided. 

Sunday, January 31 - 7-10 p.m.
Registration open January 17-29

Sunday, March 21 - 7-10 p.m.
Registration open March 7-19

New to rock climbing and looking to learn more? Learn the ins and outs of climbing including safety, belaying, route-setting and more in this FREE beginner rock climbing event! Learn more and register for your spot here. 

Wednesday, January 20 - 5:00-7:45 p.m. & 8:15-11:00 p.m.
Registration open January 4-19

Wednesday, February 17 - 5:00-7:45 p.m. & 8:15-11:00 p.m.
Registration open February 1-16

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

Test your limits! The Crawl features a different challenge every two weeks, alternating between rope 5 and the bouldering wall. Try the beginner, intermediate or advanced route to earn entries to a prize drawing. All skill levels encouraged to participate. See the climbing wall staff for details.

Climbing Wall Gallery



Jordan Cox
Campus Recreation & Intramural
Sports Coordinator 

Trey Bechly
Graduate Assistant for Campus
Recreation & Intramural Sports 

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