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In response to concerns about the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center and Corbett Pool are closed until further notice.

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Location: Half Acre Gym, Rm. 145

Hours: Summer/Fall Hours TBA

Top-rope and lead climbing hours

The climbing wall is currently closed with the rest of Half Acre Reccreation & Wellness Center due to the coronavirus pandemic. 


The wall may be closed periodically for route setting or maintenance.


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.

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 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.


The Outdoor Program offers a full spectrum of climbing clinics, classes, and trips. These include:

Intro Climbing Wall Clinic

Indoor Lead Climbing Clinic

Outdoor Sport Climbing Clinic 

Intro to Multi-Pitch

Trad is Rad

Climbing Movement Clinics

Outdoor Climbing Foundations

Sinks Canyon Climbing Trip

A Moab Thanksgiving: Climb, Hike, Canyoneer, Bike! 

Intramural Climbing Competition

Friday Night Bouldering Series

For full descriptions, dates, and to register, please visit our Events page

Top-rope 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. 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.

Lead Climbing

In order to lead climb at the wall, individuals must:

  1. Have completed the top-rope skills test within the last year.

  2. Have the ability to climb 5.8 top-rope without falling.

  3. Lead climb 5.8 without falling/stopping/multiple attempts.

  4. Demonstrate proper belaying and rope management.

  5. Demonstrate proper equipment checks and commands between belayer and climber.

  6. Demonstrate proper clipping technique.

  7. Demonstrate the proper mental state (not nervous/scared/anxious).

  8. Demonstrate all the requisite skills without prompting within 1 hour timeframe.

Dependent and Spouses

  • Dependents have limited access to the facility; please see the family recreation page for more information.

  • Dependents 12 and under must be directly supervised at all times by a parent or legal guardian at the climbing wall.

  • Dependents must be 16 or older to belay another climber, and must pass either a skills test or introductory climbing wall clinic.

  • Dependents 15 years old and younger, whose parent has passed a skills test or introductory climbing wall clinic, can top-rope climb without having passed a skills test but they may not belay another climber.

  • All dependents who top-rope climb must have a parent or guardian complete the waiver and assumption of risk form prior being allowed to climb.

Climbing Shoes, harnesses, helmets, and belay devices

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).

Renting the Climbing Wall

UW and non-UW Affiliated 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.

  1. To reserve the wall, start by completing the facility request form.

  2. Someone from our staff will get back to you in regard to availability and scheduling.

  3. Please note the two primary rentals that can occur at the wall, below,

Top-rope climbing

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 16 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.

  1. Group size is limited to 18.

  2. A minimum of two hours is needed for an introductory climbing wall clinic ($50/hour for the rental of the facility)

  3. Three instructors are required ($15/hour/instructor during regular hours; employee cost is doubled after hours)

  4. Shoes, harnesses and belay devices are provided.


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).

  1. Group size is limited to 70.

  2. One climbing wall staff is required ($15/hour)

  3. Rock climbing harnesses are not provided with this rental.

  4. No waivers are required.

  5. Top-rope climbing is not included.

  6. Facility rental fee of $50/hour is required.

Contact Us

Outdoor Program

Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center, Rm. 141

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3604

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2402


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