Climbing Center

Full Wall

Who Can Climb at GVSU?

Everyone! We are open to students, faculty, staff, and general public. Rates vary based on GVSU affiliation.

Children are welcome. Typically, children 7 & up will enjoy it more than the younger ones but we will get them on the wall too as long as they fit our harnesses.

Where to Find Us

The Climbing Center is located in Fieldhouse B170.  Entering the building at the Recreation Center's Welcome Desk B.  Turn right to enter the Fieldhouse (left takes you into the Recreation Center).  Stay right when the hallway splits.  The Climbing Center will be the first set of doors on the left.


All climbers must check-in before getting on the wall.  Expect your first visit to take 5-10 minutes for checking-in.

Check-in includes:

  1. Adding you to our climber database
  2. *Signing the waiver (valid for 1 year)
  3. A brief overview of our rules & expectations
  4. Rental gear distribution & adjustment

*Participants under 18 years of age are required to have their waiver signed by their Parent or Legal Guardian.  Older siblings, relatives, or baby sitters do not qualify as legal guardians.

Current GVSU students and staff who are at least 18 years old now have the ability to complete steps 1 & 2 before their first visit to the wall!  Doing so may significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to check-in on the first visit.  To take advantage of this amazing feature, view your profile.

Climbing Center

Your First Climbs

During our Open Climb times, our staff are at your service.  We are happy to recommend a few good climbs, tie your knots, handle your ropes (belay) & and answer any questions you might have. 

New to climbing?
You will have the opportunity to participate in 2 styles of climbing:

  • Bouldering - Climbing low to the ground (< 12 ft) without the use of all the technical gear (ropes, harnesses, belay devices, etc...).
  • Top Roping - Ascending the wall with the protection of a rope that is anchored at the top.

Experienced climber? 
We also offer a variety of Sport climbs (safety check required).  Rope and quickdraws are provided.  

Belaying your friends
All participants who have been trained to belay but have not belayed in our facility before must pass a brief safety check with one of our staff before belaying. 

Technical Lessons

For the safety of all of the participants, only Climbing Center staff may instruct technical lessons.  This includes, but is not limited to, any and all portion of knots & belaying.

A variety of technical lessons and workshops are offered each semester.  The frequency that each is offered varies based on the content and perceived desire of the students.  Check our events calendar regularly for upcoming workshops and instruction.