Climbing Gym

Climbers on bouldering wall and climbing tower

The Climbing Gym offers 3,722 square feet of climbing space that includes a 15’ bouldering wall, 47’ climbing tower, and climbing instructional sessions with trained staff. The tower supports both top rope and lead climbing with 14 separate belay bars great for both novice and advanced climbers.


  • Can you climb a mile high? The KSU Climbing Gym will be hosting a climbing challenge both bouldering and top rope climbs are eligible. T-shirts are awarded to those that complete the challenge! 

    Log your climbs with the My Climb App! 

    Need assistance? Ask an attendant at the Climbing Gym!

  • Every Tuesday night beginner and advanced climbers are welcome to climb between the hours of 5:00pm-8:00pm. During these hours, the climbing gym staff are available to belay for any patron that would like to try the climbing tower. 
  • The Belay Fundamentals Course is offered to individuals that have little to no experience with belaying or would like to refresh their skills. The course is taught by one of our experienced attendants. During the course, a patron can expect to learn the hard and soft skills needed in order to be belay qualified at the KSU Climbing Gym. At the close of the course the participating patrons will be evaluated on their belaying skills and be given a written test. Once a patron passes the skills and knowledge test, they will be allowed to belay at the KSU Climbing Gym while under supervision from an attendant. Once an attendant believes the patron has become proficient in belaying, then they will be taken off of supervision status. Each semester following, a previously belayed qualified patron will only need to receive a check off skills and written test. They would not need to attend the Belay Fundaments Course again unless instructed by an attendant.

    Register for the next course!

  • "After feeling intimidated and discouraged while trying rock climbing for the first time, I realized that many women have also had similar experiences. Recognizing that women are under-represented in the climbing community, a group of staff members decided to host an event specifically for women in the Climbing Gym. Since 2019, we have been able to host Women's Climb Night and successfully introduce women to the sport in a supportive and welcoming environment." - Ransley Cummings, Lead Climbing Instructor 

    Scheduled monthly, Women's Climb Night offers a supportive environment for female climbers, no matter their skill level.  Shoes, chalk, and harness rentals are complimentary during the event.  We will have extra female staff to help belay and provide climbing instruction/assistance.  The climbing gym will only be available for women during Women's Climb Night.   

    Find the next event on Owl Life



  • At the KSU Climbing Gym students will have access to the boulder and tower. Students are also able to request any of the following offerings at no additional cost:

    • Climbing harness
    • Belay device
    • Climbing rope

    Students may also request the following offerings at a nominal fee:

    • Climbing Shoe & Chalk Rentals
    • 1 shoe and chalk rental
    • 3 Day Rentals Punch Card
    • 5 Day Rentals Punch Card
    • 12 Day Rentals Punch Card
    • You must have your KSU ID with you to check into the Climbing Gym.
    • You must be a fee paying student, have a facility membership
    • Belay certifications are not required to access the bouldering wall 
    • Patrons who have not taken a belay test are able to climb the tower during Try Rock Climbing nights when additional staff are available to belay.

    • To utilize the tower during open climb hours, you must pass a top rope belay test. Belay tests are administered upon request at no additional cost.

    • Patrons must be at least 17 years of age to access the Climbing Gym. 
  • Guests may purchase a Day Pass for $5.00 when accompanied by a KSU sponsor. Day passes can be purchased at Outdoor Adventures with K-cash only. The KSU sponsor must be present with the guest at all times while in the facility. The guest will be asked to sign a liability waiver at the time of purchase.

    Guests who are 17 years old must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver before purchasing a Day Pass. Please print and sign this waiver.
    You may also pick up a physical waiver at Outdoor Adventures.

    KSU students who are not currently enrolled may also purchase a Day Pass for themselves.

  • Log your climbs with the My Climb App

    Learn how to log your climbs with this tutorial. Still have questions? Ask an attendant!