Climbing & Bouldering

Climb the CoRec's 55-foot tall roped climbing wall and scale the bouldering wall with more than 60 horizontal feet of terrain. With a wide range of difficulty in climbing routes and educational workshops, the climbing program offers something for every participant, from the true beginner to veteran climbers. New climbers need no previous experience. The climbing staff will offer support and the appropriate equipment so every climber has a great climbing experience. 

Top Rope Climbing equipment is available for rent when the wall is open. Climbing shoes can be rented for an entire semester by paying a $10 fee at Member Services. 

Before climbing, please register for the free Climbing and Bouldering Membership here.

In order to climb at the top rope wall, individuals must reserve their spot by visiting our member portal here for dates and times.

Climbing Classes

Take climbing to the next level and register for a class through the member portal.

Class Offerings

Top Rope Belaying ($15)

This workshop teaches participants the essential skill of belaying. This includes climbing terminology, equipment inspection and usage, proper knot tying, safety commands, and belay technique. Participants are first shown these techniques and then allowed to practice under the supervision of an instructor. Participants must complete the Top-Rope Belay Class and wait at least 24 hours before taking the associated competency exam. 

Visit the member portal to view class offerings.

Bouldering Basics Class ($12)

The Bouldering Basics Class is a session dedicated to guiding participants through the introductory phases of bouldering. This class is great for beginners who are wanting to learn more about moving their body to climb better and learn climbing terminology. Participants will work with an instructor to learn basic climbing technique and ways in which they can improve their own climbing. No previous experience required!  

Please note: this class does NOT teach participants how to top rope belay. There is a dedicated class called "Top Rope Belay" for those interested in becoming belay competent. 

Visit the member portal to view class offerings.

Spring 2024 Offerings: Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays (4:00p-5:00p)

Lead Climbing Class ($30)

This class instructs participants in the techniques of lead climbing and belaying specific to indoor climbing. Participants must have already passed a top rope belay competency exam at the Climbing Wall before participating in this class. Additionally, participants must be able to climb comfortably and without falling at or above the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) grade of 5.9 before participating. Prior to participating in the class, participants must receive a verbal OK from a climbing wall supervisor. Participants must complete the Lead Climbing Class and wait at least 24 hours before taking the associated competency exam.

Visit the member portal to view class offerings.

Climbing and Bouldering Wall Reservations

The Top Rope Climbing Wall can be reserved outside of regular open hours for both Purdue affiliated and outside groups.  Reservation times are for two hours and typically hosted on weekends from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

The top rope wall has a capacity of 16.  To request a reservation, please fill out the request form here.


Type of Group Climbing Wall
Purdue Student Organization $60/hour
Purdue Internal Departments $105/hour
Non-Affiliated $180/hour
Additional Belay Staff Member $15/hour