Located in the Student Recreation Center, the Climbing Center features a 55-foot pillar, 24-foot instructional wall, cave and bouldering wall totaling 6,000 square feet of climbing area.
Open Climbing Rules
Participants must have completed the Basics Clinic or pass a belay check. A complete Climbing Center Release of Liability Form is also required (available at the Climbing Center Information Desk).
Equipment Rental Fees
- Harness & Belay Device | $3
- Shoes | $4
A "day pass" or single visit to the U of I Climbing Center is $8.
U of I Students can access the Climbing Center for no cost.
Board appointed U of I faculty, staff and their spouses can purchase a Climbing Center membership for $17.50 per pay period, per person. Faculty/staff memberships include access to the Student Recreation Center and Climbing Center.
Non-Board Appointed U of I faculty, staff, and their spouses can purchase climbing only memberships (see General Public Memberships above) or SRC/Climbing combination passes (see Non-Board Appointed SRC Memberships).
All those interested in purchasing a SRC or Climbing Center Membership must have a valid VandalCard.
All board appointed faculty/staff can request a VandalCard through VandalCard Services. Spouses of U of I employees can purchase VandalCards at the SRC Information Desk for $10. Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Anyone that is not a current fulltime U of I student, faculty or staff can purchase a Climbing Center membership for either a one-month, four-month or one-year increment.
- 1 Month | $45
- 4 Month | $150
- 1 Year | $325
- 1 Year Climbing and SRC Membership* | $600
All patrons must have a valid VandalCard in order to get an SRC Membership. VandalCards can be purchased at the SRC Information Desk for $10. Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable.
*Must be 18 years or older to purchase
Tour the Climbing Center
Take a virtual tour of our 55-foot climbing wall, 24-foot instructional wall, cave and bouldering wall totaling 6,000 square feet of climbing area.
We do not offer refunds for occasions in which any or all Rec Well facilities are closed due to, but not limited to, weather events, campus closures, and/or holidays. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.