The climbing wall is located in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The wall boasts over 50 feet of amazing climbable features, including bulges, arêtes, roofs, cracks, and a separate bouldering wall. This state-of-the-art climbing wall boasts 10 top rope stations while every square inch is also open to lead climbing! Built by Entre-prises and designed to look and climb like real rock, this new wall will inspire seasoned climbers and beginners alike.
 

Climbing options

Try climbs are designed for people wishing to “try” climbing. The climbing wall staff will manage the safety systems while you experience the climbing wall first hand. Try Climbs are a great way to get a feel for the sport without committing to a lesson and learning all of the technical safety skills. Try Climbs are held during regular climbing wall hours.

Cost: $5 (does not include CRWC walk-in fee).

Bouldering is rock climbing without the ropes and gear. Participants stay lower to the ground, often traversing the wall searching for the hardest movements. The focus is on body movement and honing their climbing skills without the restriction of technical climbing equipment. Bouldering is quite social as climbers take turns working together to unlock the sequence of movement required to complete a bouldering route. Please enjoy the separate bouldering wall as well as the “splash landing” wall overhanging the Rec Pool! A short orientation is required to use the bouldering wall.

Cost: FREE

Top rope climbing is a style in climbing where the climbing is securely attached to a rope at the top of the wall. The climber then climbs up and down the wall while being supported by a belayer. 

A climbing lesson is required in order to participate in this type of climbing.

  • Sign up in advance on our registration page.
  • A climbing lesson will teach you the basics to become oriented with the wall and the safety procedures for climbing safely. Topics include climbing knots, harnesses, belay skills, and climbing commands.
  • Following the completion of the lesson, you will be asked to come back at a later date to complete the safety check, which is included in the lesson fee. 
  • Top Rope Climbing Lessons max out at four participants per class.

Days/Times:

  • Fall/Spring Semesters:
    • Mondays and Wednesdays | 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. 
    • Fridays | 6:30 p.m.
  • Summer Semester:
    • Wednesdays | 6:00 p.m.

Cost: $20

After you've gained experience in top-rope climbing, the next step would be learning how to lead climb.

  • Lead climbing lessons are available by appointment. Email david-patton@uiowa.edu to set up your appointment.
  • Ideally, you should have six months of climbing experience before taking a lead climbing lesson. 
  • All climbers wishing to lead climb are required to obtain a lead climbing approval card.

Cost: $50

Improve your technique, strengthen your core, and advance your skills to the next level by taking a personal training session. Personal training is designed with your specific goals in mind and maybe the link to taking your climbing to the next level. 

# CLIMBERS COST/HOUR
1 Climber $40.00
2 Climbers $60.00
3 Climbers $75.00
4 Climbers $85.00

*If a climber is not a member, they must also purchase a day pass.

Interested?  Please complete our Private/Semi-Private Climbing Request Form to get started. 

Safety checks are required to obtain your approval card, which you need to climb at the wall. Safety checks can occur anytime the wall is open, and staff is available to check you. You will be required to demonstrate that you have retained the skills from the lesson. Upon passing the safety check, you will receive your approval card. Cards are valid for the current academic year. Safety check recertification is designed for people who have previously passed a safety check at our wall and are looking to update their approval cards. You must present your expired approval card to participate in the recertification process.

Recertification Cost: $10

  

Personal equipment

Personal climbing equipment is allowed at the climbing wall. All personal climbing equipment must be recorded during the orientation process and again at each daily sign-in. All climbers must complete the rules of conduct form and be responsible for the proper use and care of their equipment. No auto-locking belay devices are allowed at the CRWC climbing wall.
 

Programs and events

Summer Teen Climbing Clinic

Adventure Recreation is excited to offer a new climbing program for teen climbers! Participants ages 14-18 can register to attend this five-week program.

Climbers will learn the basic use of climbing equipment, including proper use of the harness, knots used for climbing, how to belay, climbing techniques, and the basics of route setting and rappelling! Climbing fosters an amazing community and promotes wellness through the opportunity to stay moving and active. The teen climbing clinic is designed to be a jumpstart into climbing independently in an indoor climbing gym setting. This program is designed for both new and experienced teen climbers.

Have questions? Contact emma-holesinger@uiowa.edu for more information.

Program information:

Dates: June 27 - July 28

Days/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 - 4 p.m.

Ages: 14 - 18 years old

Fee: $300

Register

Youth Climbing Team

The Youth Climbing Program was established to help young climbers learn and improve their climbing skills. The lessons and practices are designed to build confidence by focusing on problem-solving, communication, trust, and teamwork. Any children ages 6-14 and over 50 lbs. are welcome to participate. Staff will guide young climbers in safety, technique, and fun while at the rock wall. Our goal is to foster a safe and positive climbing environment for all climbers.

More information about how to register your child can be found here

Fall 2022 schedule:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Dates: TBD

Fee: $225.00

Group climbing wall events

The climbing wall is available to rent for unique social events, including birthday parties, scout troop outings, workplace socials, residence hall and Greek community events.

 

Climbing Wall Rates
Number of Climbers  Rate
1 – 10 climbers $150/Hour
11 – 15 climbers $200/Hour
16 – 20 climbers $250/Hour

*Groups larger then 20 should consider dividing the group up over two hours of climbing. 

Saturday

  • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday

  • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Contact us

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David Patton

Associate Director of Adventure Recreation