Climbing Wall

Climbing wall

Summer Hours

Roped Climbing: Tuesday/Thursday 3 p.m.-Close

Bouldering is available whenever the Fitness & Recreation Center is open. You can find the facility hours here.

Gear at the Wall

We have shoes, harnesses and belay devices available to rent at the Wall (during Roped Climbing hours only). Rental prices are as follows:

  • Shoes = $5
  • Harness = $3
  • Belay Device = $1
  • Package of all three = $8

We also sell chalk balls ($5), athletic tape ($3) and Krieg chalk bags ($19, available at the ODP office) for your personal use. Loose chalk is prohibited.

Climbing Classes and Programs

Every Tuesday, 5-7 p.m., from the beginning of fall semester through October and from the beginning of spring semester through March.

This is a great clinic to learn what it takes to rope climb on the wall. Gear, knots, belay techniques and more will be covered.

Register the day of at the front desk of the Fitness & Recreation Center.
Every Wednesday, 9-10:30 p.m., from the beginning of fall semester through October and from the beginning of spring semester through March. It's a perfect time to climb in a comfortable, fun setting. Women instructors are on hand, if needed.

All women and non-binary participants of all skills levels and abilities are encouraged to attend.

Register the day of each class at the front desk of the Fitness & Recreation Center. Cost includes personalized instruction.
Each semester, the ODP offers classes in basic rock climbing and lead climbing. More information can be found on the trips and classes page.

Private Climbing Lessons - $25 per hour and small-group

Individualized lessons at the wall for any experience level. Please call Elizabeth at (406) 243-5176 to schedule.

There are also options for small groups at a rate of $15 per hour per person.

Private climbing lessons $25/hr or $15/hour per person for small groups

Rock the Rec Climbing Competition

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In the spring the Outdoor Program hosts the Rock the Rec climbing competition for all levels at the Fitness & Recreation Center climbing wall. It's open to the public, and participants register online.

This long-running annual competition is divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced categories for men and women. The competition requires participants to compete in both bouldering and roped climbing, drawing a variety of indoor, outdoor, bouldering and top rope climbers.

Three days before Rock the Rec, Outdoor Program staff closes the climbing wall and sets approximately 20-30 new roped climbing routes and 30-40 new bouldering problems for the competition.

Rock the Rec features food, climbing films, music, prizes and shirts for all participants.

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