Department of Sports Facilities and Campus Recreation

St. Cloud State University's Climbing Wall

climbing wall at St. Cloud State UniversityWe are Central Minnesota's premier indoor climbing facility. Our 10-station climbing wall has more than 2,100 square feet of climbing surface.

The wall integrates granite replica panels with an overhang, negative pitch, corner climbs and a series of crack elements.

A 40-foot traverse wall and a large wood portion coated with a textured surface features a chimney climb, multiple negative pitches and a ceiling wall-to-wall feature.  

Climbing shoes are offered for a rental fee and instructional programs are available for a nominal fee.

We allow outside groups opportunities to rent the facility for school and church groups, corporate, and business incentives along with other specialized programming.

Upcoming Clinics

Watch here for times and dates of upcoming Climbing Wall clinics.

Policies

  • Every climber must have a current, signed release form.
  • Minors (under 18) must have a parent or legal guardian read and sign the release form.
  • Release forms are kept on file for 1 year.
  • Rules are posted at the climbing wall. Outdoor Endeavors staff will enforce the rules and reserves the right to limit privileges if necessary.
  • Group reservations and clinics start promptly at the time indicated.
  • There are no refunds or extended programs for individuals or groups that are late.
  • Every attempt is made to be flexible with scheduling group reservations.
  • Outdoor Endeavors reserves the right to charge for the actual number of climbers or for groups that no show.

Hours

Fall-Spring

  • 6-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  • Noon-3 p.m. Saturday

Summer

  • Bouldering during open facility hours
  • High climbing by appointment only
  • Group reservations available at 320-308-4749
    (Voicemails will be responded to within one business day)

Special Dates

Hours will vary according to holidays, academic year breaks and facility events. Please see our facilities updates.

Rates

Individual

  • Free to St. Cloud State University students with valid ID
  • $8 Guest Pass
  • $50 Semester Climbing Pass
  • $3 Climbing Shoe rental

Group

  • $70/hour for up to 10 participants
  • $90/per hour for up to 15 participants
  • $130/hour for up to 20 participants

Community and Group Use

Group Reservations

  • Contact 320-308-4749
    (Voicemails will be responded to within one business day)
  • Recreation Facilities Request
  • Time is only scheduled outside of open hours; we cannot accommodate groups during open hours
  • We can host birthday parties, retreats, employee wellness programs and instructional programs.
  • Prices include set-up and take-down time and only reflect direct programming time.
  • Prices include a 1:5 facilitator-to-participant ratio
  • Add-on services such as food & refreshments can be arranged with advance notice

Community Use

  • Community members must hold a current semester climbing wall pass or be sponsored by a student or membership holder to access the climbing wall ONLY during open hours
  • They must pay for a $8 Guest Pass

Belay Certification and Recertification

Belaying is the act of controlling rope given to a climber and controlling the climber's descent with the aid of climbing hardware.

Outdoor Endeavors trains participants to belay in its Rock Climbing Skills Clinics.

If you want to belay at St. Cloud State, you must be certified to belay at our facility using our equipment and the belay techniques we recommend.

To earn a Belay Certification Card, climbers must:

  • Participate and successfully complete a Climbing Wall Skills Clinic
  • Complete the Climbing Wall Skills Test and a Written test

You will be issued a Belay Certification Card.

Recertification

Belay certification is valid for one calendar year. Climbers must recertify annually during our Climbing Wall Skills Clinics.

To recertify, register for the Belay Skills Recertification on a clinic date and pay $5. You must bring your previous certification card.

Belay Recertification Requirements.

This policy:

  • Keeps operational procedures consistent at the Climbing Wall
  • Allows for a refresh of skills
  • Maintains the culture of safety
  • Offers an option for not re-taking the entire Climbing Wall Skills Course