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Outdoor Program|Campus Recreation

Climbing Wall

Location:Half Acre Gym, Rm. 145

Hours: The wall is open for bouldering anytime the facility is open, with exceptions (see below).

Top-rope and lead climbing hours: (schedule effective through 5/15) M-F, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Sunday, 5-8 p.m.

Exceptions: The wall may be closed periodically for classes, route setting, competitions, and rentals. Check the weekly calendar posted at the wall for specific closures.

  • The climbing wall will be closed begriming Thursday, April 23 at 1 p.m., reopening on Friday, April 24 at 6 p.m. for the Friday Night Bouldering Series.


There are bouldering, lead climbing, and top-rope climbing routes. The wall has multiple cracks, a cave, overhung areas and less-than vertical climbing surfaces. The wall also has an inclined campus board with three sets of rungs.


Climbing wall, top-rope, and bouldering policies can be found here.

General Information


Facility users can access the climbing wall for bouldering anytime the facility is open, with exceptions for classes, facility closures, and rentals. Please follow the posted rules. To top-rope climb at the wall, you must successfully complete either a skills check or an introductory climbing wall clinic.


The climbing wall is free to all paid facility users. Skills checks and introductory climbing wall clinics are also free.

Skills Check

Annual skill checks are required for top-rope climbing at the wall. Skills checks are for people who have prior climbing experience. You need to be able to demonstrate (without prompting) how to properly:

✓ Get into a harness

✓ Tie into a harness

✓ Perform a safety check of your climbing partners equipment

✓ Belay

✓ Break a fall and lower a climber

✓ Demonstrate basic commands between climber and belayer

If you feel you can demonstrate these skills proficiently, ask the wall monitor for a “skills check” during top-rope hours. If you do not have your own equipment, we can provide it for you. If you cannot demonstrate these skills without prompting, then a climbing clinic is for you.

Introductory Climbing Wall Clinics

Introductory climbing wall clinics are only required for top rope climbing at the wall if you cannot pass the skills check. These clinics are for those people who have little or no climbing experience and who would like to learn how to climb.

To sign-up: Call, e-mail or stop by the Outdoor Program office (address, phone number and e-mail are on the left of the screen). Clinics meet at the wall. Please come prepared to climb.

Schedule: (schedule effective through May 15) Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Equipment: Harnesses and belay devices are provided complimentary; bring your own equipment if you have it.

Cost: Free

Lead Climbing

Lead climbing will be available at the climbing wall. More information about lead climbing clinics and and skills tests will be available here soon.

Dependent and Spouses

Dependents must successfully complete the skills check or climbing wall clinic to climb using top-ropes. Dependents less than 18 years of age must be supervised at all times by a parent or legal guardian. Dependents have limited access to the facility; please see the family recreation page for more information.

Climbing Shoes, harnesses, helmets, and belay devices

Harnesses, helmets and belay devices are free of charge for use at the climbing wall during top-rope climbing hours. Rock climbing shoes are available at the front office of Half Acre for $2/day for use at the climbing wall only (for outdoor rock climbing shoe rentals, please see our outdoor rental equipment information).

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