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Climbing Wall

The University Recreation Climbing Wall stands 50-feet at its highest point and offers climbers an excellent mental and physical workout.  Click here to see pictures of our events and facilities! Three types of climbing are offered at the Climbing Wall:

Bouldering: un-roped climbing below the 14-foot designated bouldering height.

Top-Rope Climbing: a format of climbing in which a climber's rope runs through an anchor at the top of the wall, with one end of the rope tied off to the climber and the other controlled by a belayer (who controls the climber's rope toRock Wall avoid him/her from falling) at the base. No experience is required to try Top-Rope Climbing, however if you would like to learn to belay, we offer clinics and certifications.

Lead Climbing: a more advanced form of climbing. If you are interested in learning more, take our Lead Clinic.

Climbing Classes
Whether you are new to climbing or you have been doing it for years, the CWU Climbing Wall offers clinics and classes that will suit your needs. We offer one to two day clinics on technical skills and movement technique for many levels of experience as well as quarter-long classes, such as Beginning Climbing, Intermediate Climbing and Climbing Wall Instructor training, which can be taken for college credit.

Climbing Wall Rental
Looking for a fun way to celebrate a birthday or family reunion? Or just need a new and exciting way to get together with your friends? You can rent the Climbing Wall!

The Climbing Wall can accommodate 15 participants in the space at one time. The cost is $16 per participant for a two-hour session. Fees include everything your group will need to learn about and enjoy rock climbing, from shoes to safety gear! With larger groups, we can work with you to specifically design a program that works for your interests.

To make your reservation, fill out the Climbing Wall Rental Form or contact the Climbing Wall staff at (509) 963-3539 or

All private reservations are scheduled outside of our normal operational hours, as our number one priority is to serve CWU students, so please contact us as early as possible.

All participants will need a waiver signed in advance.  Please download our waiver here or pick some up from the recreation front desk

CWU Climbing Club
Expand your experience at Central and compete in one of the largest collegiate climbing competition series in the nation, the Northwest Collegiate Climbing Circuit. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page.

Take the Climbing Survey