The Climbing Wall is part of Stanford Outdoor Education and open to all Stanford students, staff, faculty, and community members. All levels from beginners to experienced are welcome and admission, equipment, and basic instruction is provided free of charge. 25 ropes, 60 routes, and 30 boulder problems bring over 3,000 unique visitors to the climbing wall each year. Classes are available in climbing technique and conditioning, route setting as well as the aerial arts.The Climbing Wall also hosts campus-wide community events as well as private group climbing clinics.
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Winter Quarter Hours
Tuesday: 4:00pm-10:00pm * Attention time Change!
Admission and Belay Lessons
Admission is free to Stanford students, faculty and staff. Please bring your SUID with you. You will be asked to sign a waiver during your first visit, or you can print the waiver now, sign it, and bring it with you to avoid delays (for best results, print it as 2 sides on a single sheet of paper; both pages of the waiver are required).
Guests of Stanford students, faculty, and staff may gain access to the wall by purchasing a daily guest pass at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation receptionist desk. The passes are $5 per pass or seven passes for $25. The passes are valid for the entire day on which they are used at any recreation facility.”
No experience is required to boulder around the gym (climbing at low height).
To use the ropes, you must become belay certified by passing our belay test. Beginners are welcome and free belay lessons are offered during specific belay instruction time slots:
-Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30pm & 7:30pm
-Friday 5:00pm & 6:00pm
There will be 4-10 slots per lesson and lessons last approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour, depending on the number of students. Day-of sign-ups are taken on the white board by the door. First come, first served. Lessons outside of those time slots will be done at the discretion of the staff member on duty. Please note, the climbing wall staff’s primary duty is general patron safety, so lessons outside of designated times may be curtailed depending on fluctuations in wall patronage.
Belay certifications tests can be done at any time during open hours.
For a quick review of proper belay technique and safety considerations you can check out the video from the Professional Climbing Instructors Association below. This video is intended as a review for experienced climbers and should in no way be used as a substitute for professional face to face instruction from the Stanford Climbing Wall staff.
Climbing and Aerial Arts Technique Classes
Various classes on climbing and aerial arts technique are available to students, staff and faculty. Class run for 8 weeks and include 1-3 hours per week of instruction. View details and enroll through the Recreation Class Page.
All safety equipment is free: harness, belay-devices, helmets and climbing shoes with sticky-rubber soles.
The Whiting Family Climbing Wall is located in the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation.
Private Group Climbing Clinics
Great for birthday parties, corporate and department events, camps, school and scout groups and sports teams! We’ll tailor a clinic to any age! Visit our Private Group Climbing Clinic page for more information. Discounted rates are available to Stanford Affiliates, non-profit groups, and belay-certified participants.
Private Wall Rentals
The Stanford Climbing Wall is also available on an hourly basis if you have a group or organization that is interested in climbing. Our experienced staff is present to give belays and advice. General use events make great group retreats!Discounts available to Stanford Affiliates, non-profit groups, and belay-certified participants.
Skills workshops will be offered periodically throughout the quarter to give people the instruction they crave. Our beginning workshops are a great way to get into climbing and oriented around the wall. Watch the website and announcements in the wall for dates and times of these workshops. Also look at our quarter long classes for complete climbing emersion! Top
Climbers Rage Against Gravity (CRAG)
CRAG is Stanford’s annual intercollegiate bouldering competition, with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie. CRAG is held annually on the first Saturday of Spring quarter. Top