Missouri State University

Outdoor Adventures

Campus Recreation

Climbing Wall

Reaching new heights with outdoor adventures

The Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center features an indoor rock climbing wall and outdoor boulder.

Campus recreation staff are available to belay you as you climb to the top of our more than 1,000 square foot wall, perfect for both top-rope and lead climbing. Our indoor wall also includes a bouldering area and cave.

If you would like to lead climb or belay your friends, certification is required through one of our outdoor adventures clinics. Belay clinics are comprehensive 1 hour sessions covering equipment, safety, knots and belay technique for only $5. Feel like you already know what you are doing? Catch one of our approved belay instructors during a slow time to test out for free. 

What's happening on the wall?

Here's a list of some of the climbing wall events Outdoor Adventures has planned for this spring.  Get more out of your climbing experience by trying any of these climbing wall clinics.

Learn to Climb Sundays

Intimidated by the wall?  No problem!  These clinics are designed to offer novice and intermediate rock climbers an introduction to the sport of Rock Climbing!  Outdoor Adventures will help you develop a good foundation of rock climbing techniques from basic movements all the way to breathing techniques.  Register at the Outdoor Adventures Office located in the lower level of the FRC.

Sunday, February 23 4PM-7PM $5/person 12-15 Participatnts
Sunday, March 2 4PM-7PM $5/person 12-15 Participatnts
Sunday, March 9 4PM-7PM $5/person 12-15 Participatnts
Sunday, March 23 4PM-7PM $5/person 12-15 Participatnts
Sunday, April 6 4PM-7PM $5/person 12-15 Participatnts

Monthly Climbing Challenges

Get the chance to reach to summits of major climbing routes around the world!  Join us for 4 weeks of ascending the MSU Climbing Wall, pushing your limits to complete our monthly challenges.  Each challenge is related to a real route in some of the most iconic climbing locations.  Challenge yourself, climb the wall.

March Devils Tower $5/person 1267ft / 47 climbs
April El Capitan $5/person 2900ft / 108 climbs

Ladies Nights

Ladies receive free shoe and chalk rentals Thursday nights from 4-7PM during the month of April!

Thursday, April 3 4PM-7PM Free
Thursday, April 10 4PM-7PM Free
Thursday, April 17 4PM-7PM Free
Thursday, April 24 4PM-7PM Free

Guys Nights

Guys receive free shoe and chalk rentals Thursday nights from 7-10PM during the month of April!

Thursday, April 3 7PM-10PM Free
Thursday, April 10 7PM-10PM Free
Thursday, April 17 7PM-10PM Free
Thursday, April 24 7PM-10PM Free


Note: For climbing wall trips, visit the Outdoor Adventures "Trips" page.


Don't know how to climb or belay? Sign up for an outdoor adventures clinic to learn climbing technique, belay skills, equipment usage and more.

Climbing wall hours

Mondays - Thursdays
4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed for maintenance and special events

Rock Solid

Don't miss out on this chance to combine two of the best aspects of our Campus Recreation - fitness and adventure!  This new BearFit class combines strength training and climbing in a effort to promote climbing education and strength on the wall.  Don't miss out on this chance to work a whole new group of muscles by conquering the climbing wall.  Challenge yourself, master the wall.

Equipment rental

Climbing equipment is available for rent at the Foster Recreation Center:

  • Climbing shoes $3
  • Chalk bag $1
  • Harness: Free!
  • Belay package, including ATC and locking carabiner: Free after passing belay test
  • Lead rope, with required certification

Details about equipment available for rental through outdoor adventures is available on our Equipment Rental page.