Climbing Wall

The University Recreation Climbing Wall stands 50-feet at its highest point and offers climbers an excellent mental and physical workout.  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, which can be taken for college credit.

  • Climbing Wall Hours & Youth Access

    *The Climbing Wall will be closed from Wednesday, January18 at 12pm through January 28 to prepare for the Ropeless Rodeo NC3 Competition.

    Winter Quarter Climbing Wall Hours
    Open Bouldering Tope Rope Youth Climbing
    Sunday 12:00pm-8:00pm 12:00pm-3:00pm 12:00pm-3:00pm
    Monday 6:00am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 10:00pm 6:00pm - 8:00 pm
    Tuesday 6:00am - 4:00pm, 6:00pm - 10:00pm 6:00pm - 8:00 pm
    Wednesday 6:00am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 10:00pm 6:00pm - 8:00 pm
    Thursday 6:00am - 4:00pm, 6:00pm - 10:00pm 6:00pm - 8:00 pm
    Friday 6:00am - 10:00pm 6:00pm - 8:00 pm
    Saturday 12:00pm - 8:00pm 12:00pm-3:00pm 12:00pm-3:00pm

    *Hours will change for holidays according to facility operating hours.

  • Climbing Clinics

    Check out this quarter's climbing clinic options! To sign up, visit the membership desk inside the Recreation Center.

    Intro to Bouldering 1 Intro to Bouldering 2 Top Rope Belay Clinics

    January 29, March 9

    February 9 January 12, February 23
  • Climbing Wall Access Pass

    Climbing Wall Pass (open for community purchase)

    Daily - $7

    10 Punch Pass - $50

  • Ropeless Rodeo - NC3 Bouldering Competition

    Ropeless Rodeo NC3 Bouldering Competition Graphic

    Ropeless Rodeo is back for the CWU Climbing Wall's annual bouldering competition on Saturday, January 28 at the University Recreation Climbing Wall in the SURC. This fun event is available to all experience levels, from beginners to the advanced, and will be a great opportunity to meet fellow climbers from the PNW participating in the NC3 - Northwest Collegiate Climbing Circuit.

    This event is hosted by University Recreation & Adventure Programs. Registration for the day of the event is $35 per person. Event starts at 10am and will go until 8pm. This year, the NC3 competition is open only to climbing teams participating in the NC3. Total registration is capped at 100 competitors. As of 4pm on 1-25-23, the Ropeless Rodeo competition is sold out. If you are a visiting school and interested in being added to a waitlist, reach out to Bradley Gasawski at or 509.963.3536.

    When you arrive, park in the parking lot next to the Student Union Recreation Center (SURC). Enter through the East Patio of the SURC. Once through the doors, you'll see the SURC Pit in front of you. We'll be staging in the SURC Pit, which is next to the climbing wall.

Contact Us

Sr. Coordinator for Adventure Programs - Bradley Gasawski
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA, 98926-7448
Phone: 509.963.3539