Calvin Climbing Center

Basic information

Location

  • Calvin Climbing Center
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4406
42.93314 -85.5893
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Calvin’s 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.

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

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

Important note: Until further notice, masks are required for all activities, including climbing, in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex.

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

Summer Hours: May 2–June 2, June 14–Aug 11

  • Tuesday: 6–8pm
  • Wednesday: 6–8pm
  • Thursday: 6–8pm

The wall will be closed from August 5—August 28. Regular school hours will be posted on Updike the start of the fall semester.

Questions and Group Climbing Reservations:

Please contact Jessica Stehouwer at jessica.stehouwer@calvin.edu

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT RENTAL (Outdoor Recreation site)

All equipment rentals will be handled by reservation only. If you would like to reserve equipment, please contact Brianna Nance at bnn4@calvin.edu. Prices are as posted. Gear will be available for rent until Aug 1. No gear will be available during August due to program use.

SHOW UP AND CLIMB. ALWAYS FREE. EXPERT INSTRUCTORS. ACTIVE COMMUNITY

TIME MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
3:30-5 pm OPEN CLIMB
*BELAY INSTRUCTION @ 3:30 and 4:15
OPEN CLIMB OPEN CLIMB OPEN CLIMB
*BELAY INSTRUCTION @ 3:30 and 4:15
OPEN CLIMB 10-12 SETTING
OPEN CLIMB 12-4PM
FAMILY CLIMB AVAILABLE 12-2PM
OPEN 1-4PM
5:30-7 pm LEAD CLASS 1ST VR CLIMB CRACK CLIMBING TECHNIQUE CLASS CLOSED OPEN CLIMB
12-4 PM
OPEN CLIMB
2-4 PM
7-9 pm Women’s Technique Class/ Open Women’s Climb OPEN CLIMB OPEN CLIMB
LEAD NIGHT
OPEN CLIMB
*BELAY INSTRUCTION @ 7 pm and 8 pm
Open Climb OR Reserved by Dorms

2022 OPEN DATES:

WINTER January 10 to February 24 Hours (see above)

SPRING March 7 to April 21 Hours (see above)

SUMMER May 3-Aug 25 6-8pm; Tuesday and Thursday

*BELAY INSTRUCTION for new climbers on Mondays and Thursdays. Belay Instruction and Certification takes approximately 45 minutes. Belay instruction begins at 3:30, 4:15, 7pm and 8pm. Please arrive on-time for your free belay certification.

INSTRUCTIONAL CLASSES: Sign up at the Climbing Center Desk for Lead Climbing, Technique, Crack Climbing, and other offerings. Classes are 4-5 weeks and meet for 90 minutes. Class fee is $20.

LEAD CLIMBING: Certified to Lead Climb? We dedicate the Lead Wall every Wednesday night from 7-9 pm.

DORM CLIMBING: Every Friday nights, dorms can reserve the wall for floor and dorm wide events.

Quick Facts
  • 40+

    routes designed for all abilities

  • 16

    climbing ropes

  • 8

    "splitter" cracks

Parking

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

Accessibility

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

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