Calvin Climbing Center

Basic information


  • 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. It's modeled after the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and has over 50 routes that change weekly. All instruction and equipment are FREE to Calvin students, faculty, and staff. Belay certification is required (at no cost) and takes approximately 30-40 minutes.

You don’t need to have rock climbing experience to use the Climbing Center! There are paths that range from beginner to advanced-level. Calvin provides harnesses and climbing shoes, and you have the opportunity to become belay certified. You can use the wall during regular open hours, or take a rock climbing class for a PE credit.

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Climbing Center Waiver

You must sign & return the waiver to the staff at the climbing wall before participating in activities at the wall. View the Climbing Center rules.

Quick Facts
  • 40+

    routes designed for all abilities

  • 16

    climbing ropes

  • 8

    "splitter" cracks



Summer Hours (June 1 - August 20)

Tuesday: 5:00-8:00 p.m. open climbing
Wednesday: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. open climbing
Thursday: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. open climbing

Climbing Center Group Reservations

The Climbing Center can be reserved and rented by internal and external groups.  If you are interested in reserving the Climbing Center for your group, please contact Event Services at 616-526-6280 or email  During the academic year (September 7 to May 5), the Climbing Center is open to group reservations Tuesday and Friday Evenings from 7-9 PM and we can accommodate groups up to 24.   During the summer (June 1 to Aug 31), we can schedule groups Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5-8 PM and we can accommodate groups up to 12.  All climbers must be at least 8 years old and all non-Calvin participants must complete the on-line waiver.

Yearly closures

  • Fall staff training
  • Fall advising weekend
  • Fall semester exam week
  • Christmas break
  • Interim break
  • Winter staff training
  • Spring break
  • Spring advising weekend
  • Spring exam week 


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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