Climbing Wall

Climbing wall


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 = $6
  • Harness = $5
  • Belay Device = $1
  • Package of all three = $10

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 here.

Every Wednesday, 8:30 - 10:30 pm, 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 here. Limited to 15 participants. Shoes, Harness, and ATC available for rent ($5)

Each semester, the ODP offers classes in basic rock climbing and lead climbing. More information can be found on the trips and classes page.


Individualized lessons are available at the wall for any experience level. 

Private Lessons (1-2 people) = $25/person/hour

Small Group Lessons (3-6 people) = $20/person/hour

Please call Elizabeth at (406) 243-5176 to schedule.

Rock the Rec Climbing Competition


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.

This year, the event takes place on Sunday, April 30th, 2023. The event is $32 for members or $40 for non-members and includes all new climbing routes, excellent prizes from local retailers as well as national climbing and outdoor companies, t-shirt for all participants, and 4 hours of spectacular climbing fun!

Register here!

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.