Rm. 141, Half Acre Gym
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2402
Fax: (307) 766-6720
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:
Exceptions (the wall may be closed periodically for classes, route setting, competitions, and rentals):
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.
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 or lead 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.
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
✓ 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. Participants who successfully complete the skills test must also complete the waiver and assumption of risk form. 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 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. Participants who successfully complete the clinic must also complete the waiver and assumption of risk form.
To sign-up: Summer: we offer drop-in classes on a first come first-served basis. Fall: Call, email, or stop by the Outdoor Program office. Please specify the date of the clinic you'd like to participate in.
Schedule: Summer: (effective through August 28) Thursdays beginning at 4 and 6 p.m. only. Fall: Mondays and Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. (except Labor Day)
Equipment: Harnesses and belay devices are provided complimentary; bring your own equipment if you have it. Personal equipment must be in good working order and UIAA and/or CE approved.
Lead climbing will be available at the climbing wall. More information about lead climbing clinics and and skills tests will be available in the fall.
Harnesses, helmets, rock shoes 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 equipment checkout desk for use at the climbing wall only (for outdoor rock climbing shoe rentals, please see our outdoor rental equipment information).
UW and non-UW Affilated groups may rent the climbing wall. All rentals must meet UW and Campus Recreation guidelines for insurance, eligibility, and must follow all climbing wall policies. Prices can be found here.
Rent the wall and have your group learn to top-rope climb! These rentals are a minimum of two hours and can be divided into multiple days. Add on additional hours to allow participants the opportunity to practice their new-found skills. Participants must be 15 years old or older in order to belay other climbers. Participants 14 and under can top-rope climb while being belayed by our staff, while other climbers in the group can enjoy bouldering on the bouldering wall. All groups utilizing the ropes must have a parent or guardian complete the waiver and assumption of risk form prior being allowed to climb.
Rent the climbing wall for bouldering! Bouldering is a simple, fun activity. Basic instruction and an orientation to the climbing wall will be provided. Typical rentals are two hours in length, but can be longer or shorter (min. of one hour).