Climbing Walls

Boulder Bash is now open!!!!!!! Follow the link below to register and check out the video from last year!

Boulder Bash Registration

Boulder Bash is our premier climbing competition held each spring at Lied Recreation Center. Registration opens February 25th! We welcome 60-75 competitors from universities all over the Mid-West in this full day of competition. We offer 4 categories to compete, Beginner (VB-V1), Intermediate (V2-V3), Advanced (V4-5), and Open (V6+) and recognize the top three competitors both male and female. Each climber who enters receives a T-Shirt, Lunch, Snacks, and lots and lots of prizes raffled off throughout the day. Spring 2019 Boulder Bash is scheduled for April 6th, more to come soon!



ISU has three climbing walls located in two of the recreation facilities on campus, a Top Rope and Boulder wall in State Gym and our premier Boulder wall at Lied Recreation Center. The Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP) provides staff to supervise and to belay at the Top Rope wall each day during our open hours and the bouldering walls are open anytime the facilities are open. Climbing shoes and chalk are free to ISU Pass-holders and the ORP provides a full range of instructional workshops that can take your climbing experience to new heights. We also host several events, climbing competitions, and even rent the climbing wall for your own exclusive climbing wall party. Check out the info below!

Events and Competitions 

Closures- We will be closed the following dates to re-set the climbing routes for our spring competitions.

  • State Boulders- February 1st- 3rd
  • State Top Rope- February 5th at 8:00 PM- February 11th 
  • Lied Boulders- Walls 1-4- February 15th- 17th
  • Lied Boulders- Walls 5,7, and 8- February 22nd -24th 
  • Lied Boulders- March 28th- April 7th- Boulder Bash

Intramural Competitions are a unique benefit to ISU climbers. We offer a Fall boulder competition only open to ISU Students and Pass-holders and a Spring Top Rope Competition. These two events offer the chance to win one of the most coveted ISU prizes, the IM Champ t-shirt. If you’re interested in the Spring IM Top Rope Competition on February 10th, check out the IM link at the top of the page.

Top Rope of Terror is a spooky night of snacks, costumes, and black light climbing held each October near Halloween. This event is free and costumes are strongly encouraged.

Rent the Climbing Wall
Looking for something fun and challenging for your group to do? The Top Rope Wall located at State Gym can be reserved for events and parties, check out the pricing listed below. Anyone can rent the climbing wall and ORP will provide all the necessary equipment and instruction.

Price per hour Group
$45 Registered Student Organizations
$50 University Groups
$100 Non-University Groups

We ask that you make your reservations 15 days in advance.

Climbing Wall Rental Contract
Climbing Wall Release
Climbing Wall Release – Minor

Contact Information
0180 State Gym