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Climbing Wall

About The Wall

The climbing wall is located in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The wall boasts over fifty feet of amazing climbable features including bulges, arêtes, roofs, cracks, and a separate bouldering wall. This state-of-the-art climbing wall boasts ten 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.

Policies

Everyone using the climbing wall or bouldering wall is required to fill out a waiver form. All climbers must also complete the rules of conduct form as well as the appropriate skills assessment for bouldering, top rope climbing or lead climbing. Each participant will be required to sign in each visit. All climbers are required to have their climbing wall approval card visible. The only exceptions are patrons participating in a try climb, a climbing lesson or a group climbing event.

Try Climbs

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 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 and costs $5 (Does not include walk-in fee).

Bouldering Wall (Free)

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 more on the 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 leisure pool!

  • A short orientation is required to use the bouldering wall, free of charge.

Top Rope Climbing Lessons ($20)

Sign up in advance at the membership desk. 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 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.

  • During the School Year - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday l 6:30pm & 8:30pm
    • Tope Climbing Lessons max out at four participants per class.
  • During the Summer - by appointment - Email: david-patton@uiowa.edu

Lead Climbing Lessons ($50)

All climbers wishing to lead climb are required to obtain a lead climbing approval card. A lead climbing lesson is the next level after Top Rope Climbing Lesson.  

Safety Checks & Recertification ($10)

Safety Checks are required to obtain your approval card, which you need to climb at the wall. Safety checks can be done 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 recertifications are designed for people who have previously passed a safety check at our wall and are looking to update their approval card. You must present your expired approval card to participate in the recertification process.

Private Lessons ($20 per hour)

Improve your technique, strengthen your core, and advance your skills to the next level by taking a personal training session. Designed for you with your specific goals in mind, personal training may be the link to taking your climbing to the next level.

Exclusive Wall Rental

The climbing wall is available to rent for unique social events such as birthday celebrations, scout troop outings, workplace socials, residence hall, and Greek community events, to name a few.

Youth Climbing Team

The CRWC climbing wall has created an opportunity youth specific climbing programs. Please email david-patton@uiowa.edu or at the wall about our youth climbing team. Established to help young climbers learn and improve their climbing skills, lessons and practices are also designed to help build confidence through a focus on problem-solving, communication, trust and teamwork. Climbing coaches are dedicated to teaching the sport in a fun way!

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 respective equipment. No auto-locking belay devices are allowed at the CRWC climbing wall.

Climbing Rates
Climbing Rates  
Belay Device with locker $2.00
Chalkbag $2.00
Harness $3.00
Helmet Free
Lead Climbing Lesson $50.00
Lead Climbing Package (rope/draws) $20.00
Lead Climbing Saftey Check $10.00
Lead Rope $15.00
Private Lessons $20.00 Per Hour
Quickdraws (one set of 14) $10.00
Saftey Check $10.00
Shoes $5.00
Top Rope Climbing Lesson $20.00
Top Rope Package (Shoes, Harness, Belay Device with Locker, Chalkbag) $10.00
Try Climb $5.00

 

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