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.

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Pumped or Stumped - Inaugural Boulder Competition

Come and test your climbing skills as you compete with some of the best, and certainly most fun climbers from around the Midwest at Pumped or Stumped, the second installation of Outdoor Adventures annual Boulder Competition. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or brand new to the sport, Pumped or Stumped is designed for you! Expect to find an array of new bouldering problems for climbers at every level. Competitors will be divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes within men’s and women’s divisions. Entrance fee includes lunch, Pumped or Stumped T-shirt, and the chance to win lots o’ swag. OA will be taking registrations when we get back from Winter Break. Still not convinced, check out this sweet video below. Thanks again to all of our previous sponsors; Dynamic Earth, Mad Rock, Moosejaw, and Black Diamond.

  • Date: February 20, 2016
  • Registration starts: 1/11/16
  • Day of Registration Starts: 8AM
  • Competition begins: 2/20/15, 10AM
  • Pre-registration cost: $15
  • Walk-in cost: $25

Fee covers event t-shirt, lunch, and ticket for a prize raffle for "lots-o-swag"

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.
5 p.m.-8 p.m.

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.