Calvin Climbing Center

Basic information


  • Calvin Climbing Center
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4406
42.93314 -85.5893
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The climbing center is open with free instruction and equipment!

It is simple to sign up for a spot: go to the climbing center homepage on and make a reservation by signing up for an open spot on the online signup form. New weekly sign up open every Sunday evening at 8pm. If it is your first time, and you need to be certified to belay, be sure to sign up for a new climber session.

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Reservations: All climbers will need to make a reservation on the Climbing Center Homepage.
Dates: The Climbing Center will be open June 1 - August 26.
Days/Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 6-8pm.
Closures: June 15-17 for Climbing Camp

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.

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

Climbing center instruction, belay training, and equipment are always free.

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.


Please park in lot 6 just west of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse complex.

Live webcam

The Climbing Wall Webcam
Live webcam feed (refresh browser to update)

(parking map)


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




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