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Climbing Wall

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The Climbing wall is 31' high and covers approximately 500 square feet.  It utilizes top-rope style climbing in which a rope runs from a climber’s harness through an anchor at the top of the route and back down to a belayer on the ground. Top-rope climbers generally will not fall more than a short distance and can thus safely attempt even the most difficult routes.

Open Climb

Open climb is time scheduled for anyone ages 5 and over to climb the wall. No registration is necessary to attend. Center certified staff offers belay and limited instruction during this time. Climbing may be limited dependent on total number of guests climbing. Bouldering (climbing without ropes) is allowed for all guests during Open Climb. When bouldering, a climbers head may not exceed 12’ above the floor. Staff has the right to modify this height to under 12 feet based on the climber’s age or ability.

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

No Equipment Necessary

Equipment (Shoes, Harness & Belay Device) and belayer is free for members and included in the Open Climb fee for nonmembers. Residents and Non-Resident can subtract $5 from their fee if using their own equipment.

Belaying Your Friends & Family

The best way to ensure you get the most time on the wall is to bring someone who can belay. Belayers must be either 18+ years old and pass the safety test, or 13+ years old and successfully completed the youth certification course in our private climbing lesson section. Staff has the right to not allow guests to belay if the guest does not pass the safety test or if its determined that the belayer is displaying unsafe behavior.

Member Free
Resident $10
Non-Resident $12

Private Climbing Lessons

Improve your climbing and belaying technique by taking private lessons at the Center.  Classes are arranged by the instructor and participants.  Participants can request specific instructors.  For more information contact Patrick Magee at 314-290-8510 or