The Whitworth University Recreation Center offers a great space to practice your climbing skills indoors. The center features 2,300 square feet of climbable space, 10 top-roped routes and a bouldering area, which includes a cave.
Climbing Center Hours of Operation
Open Bouldering – Any time the facility is open (after you complete our 5-minute safety orientation)
Open Climbing (on ropes)
- Monday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.
- Friday, 4-7 p.m.
- Saturday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m.
Do you have belay experience?
You can take a quick belay test to demonstrate your competence at belaying if you have previous experience. Pass the test and you are good for a year.
Need a Refresher?
Learn all the skills and techniques to advance in your climbing career or simply get a workout in a new way. These clinics, taught on The U-Rec's 32-foot-tall rock-climbing wall, include everything from beginner skills to more advanced climbing techniques. No matter what your level, we have a clinic for you!
Learn all the skills and techniques to advance in your climbing career or simply get a workout in a new way. These clinics, taught on the U-Rec's 32-foot-tall rock-climbing wall, include everying from beginner skils to more advanced climbing techniques. No matter what your level is, we have a clinic for you.
Clinic space is limited, so sign up early.
Monday nights: 2/13, 3/6, 3/20, 4/10 and 4/24
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Looking for a way to reach new heights? This is the ideal course for the novice climber. This clinic is designed to teach you how to use ropes and other safety equipment to keep your climbing partner secure while climbing. This two-hour clinic will teach you everything you need to know to pass the belay test, which is required to belay at the U-Rec Indoor Climbing Center. During this course you will learn how to tie a figure-8 follow-through knot and a double fisherman’s knot, and you’ll be taught the standard climbing commands and how to conduct a pre-climb safety check. At the conclusion of the course, the participant should be able to belay a climber up the climbing wall safely, and then lower the climber back to the ground. Minimum age is 18.*
All technical gear is provided.
Learn to Lead
Wednesday nights: 2/22, 3/22, and 4/19
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Are you ready to learn the art of lead climbing? This three-hour clinic will take you through the basics of indoor lead climbing and will teach you to clip quickdraws to ascend the wall, belay a lead climber, and catch a lead fall. Before signing up for this course you should be able to top-rope 5.9 confidently, and you must have the skills to be able to pass a belay test at a local gym. Minimum age is 18.*
We provide all necessary gear and equipment.
No classes currently scheduled
Need an excellent way to challenge yourself and a great way to stay in shape? This clinic is designed for the climber who is new to the sport and ready to learn basic techniques to help him/her hone the necessary skills. There are no prerequisites for this clinic, but we recommend that you have passed the WELL belay test. This will be a three-hour clinic focused on balance and basic movement over the rock to maximize climbing efficiency. Minimum age is 18.*
*Exceptions may be made for faculty/staff dependents on a case-by-case basis.