Reserve the Climbing Center Today!



Submit Space Request


Please submit all space requests a minimum of two weeks prior to your intended event to allow ample time for processing.

All participants must fill out our Release of Liability Agreement.  Participants under the age of 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian before they will be allowed to climb.




BSA Rock Climbing Merit Badge Program

Cost:  $35 per scout (5 scout minimum, not to exceed 20)
          Free for troop leaders
Min. Age: 13

Requirements Covered: 4-12
Duration: 4-5 hours

Available on most Saturday mornings.  If interested in bringing your scout troop to the Climbing Center for merit badge training, please submit our online space request at least two weeks in advance.




Who Can Reserve the Climbing Center?

A:  Anyone!  The Climbing Center often accommodates registered student organizations, youth groups, athletic teams, scout troops (can meet most Climbing Merit Badge Requirements), school groups, and birthday parties.


What will it cost?

A: Prices vary based on your group's affiliation with Grand Valley State University, the number of participants, and the length of the reservation.

General Public reservation rates begin at $9 per participant with a minimum charge for 10 participants.

If your event is hosted or sponsored by a GVSU department or registered organization, please contact Joe Bitely, Climbing Center Manager for specific rates: 616.331.2597


What is included?

A:  * Up to a 2 hour block of time
      Necessary Safety Equipment
      Trained staff to handle the ropes
      Basic Safety Instructions
      All the fun you can handle

* Two hours is the standard reservation length that is encouraged for most groups. We will gladly do our best to accommodate any duration that fits your groups needs.  An additional fee of $15 per staff per hour is charged for excess time beyond 2 hours. 


When is the Climbing Center available for my event?

A: Group reservations are only allowed outside of our regularly scheduled Open Hours. Throughout the year, we host many on and off campus groups during all days of the week so the earlier a space request is submitted, the better the chance your date will be available.

Page last modified September 11, 2013