Calvin Climbing Center

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The Climbing Center at Calvin offers FREE climbing experiences to all Calvin Students, Faculty, and Staff.

Our instructional staff is trained to create a safe and memorable first-time experiences for those learning to climb and belay. The climbing wall is 40' tall and 90' long and includes six natural crack systems. A dynamic team of student setters maintain 50 routes from 5.6 to 5.13. The Climbing Center collects a welcoming and hospitable community of Calvin students and is a high energy social hub on the Calvin campus.

Climbing Instruction and Equipment is FREE and available to all Calvin students, faculty, and staff.

The Climbing Center is in the lobby of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. The Climbing Center is modeled after the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, and has over 50 routes that change weekly.

The Calvin Climbing Center is not open to the general public.

New climbers: download and sign the Calvin University Climbing Center Wavier and read all Climbing Center Rules.

The Climbing Center is FREE and open to all students, faculty, and staff. 

Spring dates: Jan 15-Feb 29; March 11-Apr 30 

Summer dates: May 14-August 15 (Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8 p.m.; Closed July 4 week) 

Questions: Contact Brandon Price ( or 815-666-0240)

Climbing Center will re-open August 30 at 4pm for the Fall Semester

Open hours and FREE first time training and certification

Monday 4-5:30 p.m.; 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday 4-5:30 p.m.; 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday 4-9 p.m.
Thursday 4-9 p.m.
Friday 4-9 p.m.
Saturday 12-2 p.m. (Faculty/Staff and Family); 12-4 p.m. (Student Climb)
Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Outdoor equipment rental and outfitting

May 14-August 1: By reservation through Brandon Price ( or 815-666-0240)

*Due to Calvin University programming, Outdoor Equipment is not available during August.

Climbing classes

Sign up at the Climbing Center desk for all classes

Technique Class Mondays 5:30-7 p.m. January 22-Feb 26
Lead Climbing Tuesdays 5:30-7 p.m. January 22-Feb 26
Crack Climbing Mondays 5:30-7 p.m. March 11-April 1
Lead Climbing Tuesdays 5:30-7 p.m. March 12-April 9


Quick Facts
  • 40+

    routes designed for all abilities

  • 16

    climbing ropes

  • 8

    "splitter" cracks


Please park in lot 6 just west of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. (parking map)


Accessible parking, automatic door opener, accessible entrance, barrier-free restrooms and elevators.


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