What You Should Know

Who Can Climb at GV?

Everyone!  We are open to students, faculty/ staff, & general public.  However, your rate will vary based on your affiliation.

Children are welcome.  Typically, children 7 & up will enjoy it more than the younger ones but we will get them on the wall too as long as they fit our harnesses.


All climbers must check-in before getting on the wall.  Expect your first visit to take 5-10 minutes for checking-in.

Check-in includes:

  1. Adding you to our climber database
  2. *Signing the waiver (valid for 1 year)
  3. A brief overview of our rules & expectations
  4. Rental gear distribution & adjustment

*Participants under 18 years of age are required to have their waiver signed by their Parent or Legal Guardian.  Older siblings, relatives, or baby sitters do not qualify as legal guardians.

Current GVSU students and staff who are at least 18 years old now have the ability to complete steps 1 & 2 before their first visit to the wall!  Doing so may significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to check-in on the first visit.  To take advantage of this amazing feature, please follow the link from the View Your Profile section of this page.

Your First Climbs

During our Open Climb times, our staff are at your service.  We are happy to recommend a few good climbs, tie your knots, handle your ropes (belay) & and answer any questions you might have. 

New to climbing?
You will have the opportunity to participate in 2 styles of climbing:

  • Bouldering - Climbing low to the ground (< 12 ft) without the use of all the technical gear (ropes, harnesses, belay devices, etc...).
  • Top Roping - Ascending the wall with the protection of a rope that is anchored at the top.

Experienced climber? 
We also offer a variety of Sport climbs (safety check required).  Rope and quickdraws are provided.  

Belaying your friends
All participants who have been trained to belay but have not belayed in our facility before must pass a brief safety check with one of our staff before belaying. 

Technical Lessons

For the safety of all of the participants, only Climbing Center staff may instruct technical lessons.  This includes, but is not limited to, any and all portion of knots & belaying.

A variety of technical lessons and workshops are offered each semester.  The frequency that each is offered varies based on the content and perceived desire of the students.  Check our events calendar regularly for upcoming workshops and instruction.

View Your Profile

Current GVSU students, faculty, & staff now have the ability to use their University login to view & update their climber profile from any computer!  This includes the following features:

  • Update basic information (phone #, address, emergency contact, etc...)
  • Complete or renew the Climbing Center waiver (must be 18 or older for this to be enabled)
  • Track progress towards a variety of Climbing Center certification (belaying, lead climbing, route setting, etc...)
  • View check-in statistics