Climbing Walls

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Outdoor Rec > Climbing Walls

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!

Hours of Operation 

Monday- Thursday 4:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Friday 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Fall 2019 Top Rope Closures

  • August 31st- September 2nd (Labor Day Weekend)
  • September 9th, September 25th, October 10th, October 21st, November 5th, and November 20th- Half Closure for Rock 1 Workshops
  • September 16th, October 2nd, and October 17th- Half Closure for Rock 2 Workshops
  • October 16th-20th- IM Top Rope Competition
  • November 22nd- December 1st- Fall Break

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

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.

Contact Information
0180 State Gym