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Woman climbing on a rock wall

Take your Homecoming & Family Weekend experience to new heights! (Pun intended.)


Gather at Calvin's Climbing Center (a.k.a. the rock wall) for a time of open climb! With 40+ routes and 16 climbing ropes, you're bound to have a good time. Belay on!

Climbing is free but space is limited. You must reserve a spot in order to climb. CLIMBING FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED.

Climbing times are set for one hour to allow as many families as possible the opportunity to try out the climbing wall.

Climbers of all ages are welcome. Early elementary school climbers must be able to fit properly in a full-body harness to be allowed to climb; final decisions will be at the discretion of Climbing Center staff based on climber safety.

Calvin Climbing Center staff will be available to belay new climbers or provide instruction for families climbing together. If your Calvin student has already received belay certification, they will also be able to belay for your family.

Climbers under age 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. 

Recommendation: Wear comfortable clothing that allows flexibility of movement.

Did you know?

  • The Climbing Center is modeled after the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, and has over 50 routes that change weekly.
  • Students can get free belay instruction and certification at the Climbing Center.
  • Every Friday night, dorms can reserve the wall for floor or dorm-wide events.
  • The Climbing Center offers a number of instructional classes for students looking to learn and improve their climbing techniques.


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