Climbing Center Private Events 2022


Whether you're looking to provide a co-curricular experience for your academic class, a team building opportunity for your athletes, or a fun community building event for your living center, we are happy to help! We understand that most participants may have limited availability outside of your group's regularly scheduled meeting times and will do what we can to accommodate your group. However, reservations will only be accepted for times when the Climbing Center does NOT have scheduled Open Climb. 

New Group Options

The Climbing Center now has 4 options for you to choose from to make your private event even better.

Just Climb
The "Just Climb" events are exactly what they sound like. Private climb-time for your group at the Climbing Center. This option is great for groups who want the emphasis for their participants to be on experiencing the activity of indoor rock climbing.

Team Building
This option was created with our RA's and Student Organizations in mind. It's great for any group that feels they would benefit from working on their transferrable skills such as communication, cooperation and problem solving. It's also great for the RA or department that's interested in encouraging greater social interaction within their group and increasing the sense of community. During the reservation process, we'll follow-up to dial-in on what you would like to get out of the event. We'll provide a tailored experience specific to your group and provide a variety of fun climbing and non-climbing based activities.

Technical Skills/ Merit Badge
We are happy to tailor your group experience to include technical skill instruction within our level of expertise. This includes things like: knots for climbing, belaying, anchor building, sport leading, and rappelling. Perfect for scout troops or anyone looking to take their climbing knowledge to a higher level. 

Important Details
TheTeam Building programs are designed as 2-hour programs but can be adjusted to fit your group's needs upon request. It is intended for participants to all arrive at the start time and enjoy the experience together through the duration of the event (as opposed to showing up at random times within a window and only staying for a portion of the time). No experience is necessary. The Climbing Center will provide rental equipment and 2 to 4 staff depending on the group size. Groups over 20 may require more than 2 hours.

General Availability for Reservations
Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance using the form linked above. Actual availability may vary depending on previously scheduled programming and group events but generally, the days and times below are what fits our schedule best. 

  • Weekdays between 10pm - midnight
  • Wednesday afternoons
  • Saturdays
  • Sunday morning through early evening

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Climbing Center available for private events?
Any time we are not regularly open or have previously scheduled events. Generally, most availability is found on weekday mornings, Saturday mornings/ evenings, and Sundays. Feel free to contact us to check availability of specific dates/ times.

What is included?
Our standard reservation includes rental equipment, experienced staff to handle the ropes, and a block of time at the wall.

  • General Public reservations include up to a 2 hour block of time while GVSU groups have flexibility to choose a duration that fits best with their typical meeting/ practice. 

How much does it cost?
Rates will vary based on the group's affiliation with the University.  

  • General Public (off-campus) rates start at $9 per participant (+ tax, if applicable) with a minimum charge for 10 participants which is typically collected in the form of a deposit prior to the event.
  • GVSU groups pay a per Climbing Center staff, per hour rate. 

Is food allowed in the Climbing Center?
Yes, but with limitations. Food may only be consumed while seated (chairs provided). There are a number of vending options in the building and groups are welcome to bring snacks of their own. Any snacks provided that are intended for group consumption must be individually packaged or have a dedicated server.

Are there chairs and tables available?
The Climbing Center's natural setup includes seating for 14 people plus two 5' x 5' square tables. Additional folding tables and chairs can be made available with advance notice during the reservation process at no additional cost.

How do I reserve the wall?
Please use the link provided at the top of the page to make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance. Once received, we will check availability and follow up with you as soon as possible.

How does parking work?
Parking permits are required Mon. - Thu. 3am - 6:30pm and Fridays 3am - 5pm. If your group's event falls within one of these times, parking permits can be requested at no cost. All we need to know is approximately how many vehicles will be coming to campus. These permits typically allow parking in any of the student spaces adjacent to our building (Lots C & F). Once approved, the group's coordinator will be forwarded a pdf permit that can be copied and must be placed on the dash of each car. Parking permits may not be requested for GVSU faculty, staff or student use.

Page last modified March 30, 2022