One of the fastest growing programs within the Department of Recreational Services is Outdoor Pursuits. This area of the Rec Center includes an indoor climbing wall that is supervised by students who are certified to belay climbers and an outdoor store that provides students with the ability to rent all of their camping gear.
The Climbing Wall, built by Entre Prise, Inc., consists of a 12’ bouldering wall and five 24’ top rope courses to accommodate multiple users of any ability. The “naturals” in the wall actually allow the climber to use the wall when climbing instead of simply using standard climbing holds. To vary the texture, difficulty and diversity of the routes, our holds come from numerous manufacturing companies and routes are changed as often as possible.
Rec Center Incentive Programs
Want to be rewarded for your participation at the Rec Center? We offer different incentive programs for members to participate in. Incentive programs are available in different areas such as Group X classes, the Climbing Wall and your everyday workouts.
Climb a Mile Club - Climbing Wall Incentive Program
The Mile High Club is a test to see if a climber can climb 5,280 feet throughout their collegiate career. A climber is awarded 12 feet for every bouldering route and 24 feet for every top rope route that is successfully climbed. Special “Mile High Club” t-shirts are given out as prizes for completing the challenge. This program is ongoing and can be started at any point throughout your career at AU!
What is Bouldering?
Bouldering is an excellent way to improve one’s climbing strength and technique. This style of climbing has become increasingly popular around the world and serves as a great way to warm up and stretch before climbing. Bouldering does not involve the use of ropes and therefore requires the climber to traverse from side to side instead of up the wall vertically. This sideways movement allows the climber to improve balance as well as finesse. Since ropes are not used, equipment is unnecessary – although climbing shoes and chalk will make for a considerable improvement in performance and enjoyment! Everyone is welcome!
Hours of Operation
The Climbing Wall is closed until further notice.