Climbing Wall

  • Collage of metallic gold bronco kicking up dust with image of the new climbing wall behind him

    Grand opening of the new climbing wall

    Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.
    Free climbing following ceremony until 10 p.m.
    Special discounted academic year passes available for purchase for $25 on Sept. 4 only.

  • International student of diversity smiling and climbing the new climbing wall
  • Close up of the colors on the new climbing wall at the Student Recreation Center

The climbing wall at the Student Recreation Center at Western Michigan University was replaced during summer 2019 and now includes a bouldering wall. In addition to offering an anaerobic and aerobic workout, rock climbing exercises almost every muscle group. Rock climbing two or more times a week improves your strength, muscular and cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and mental toughness.

Rates

Single session climb $3

With the single climb pass, climbers can climb as much as they want during one visit. Climbers must present their climbing receipt to the climbing staff and fill out our climbing waiver. Climbers will be belayed by our climbing staff only.

Semester climb pass $30

With the semester climb pass, climbers can use the wall for the semester the pass is purchased. Climbers must present their climbing pass to the climbing staff at each visit. Our climbing clinic is included in the price and is required in order to belay other members.

Academic year climb pass $50

With the unlimited climb pass, climbers can climb for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters). Climbers must present their climbing pass to the climbing staff at each visit. Our climbing clinic is included in the price and is required in order to belay other members.

Fall and spring hours

Monday and Wednesday 
6 to 10 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
7 to 10 p.m.
Friday
4 to 8 p.m.

VIP Bronco program

As part of the VIP Bronco program, residence hall students may climb for free on Mondays and Fridays. Simply bring your Bronco Card to the wall on those nights to climb. If you are interested in coordinating a large group of students from your residence hall to come on a specific night, please contact Mike Berdowski to schedule.

Climbers must use rec center climbing equipment but may bring their own climbing shoes.