Students practicing rock climbing at the ARC Climbing Wall

ARC Climbing

How do I get started?

Participate in an orientation any time during open climbing hours. No registration necessary. Orientation is required regardless of climbing experience.

We offer Top Rope Belay and Lead Climbing Classes. Register online or register on the Aztec Recreation app by clicking the Aztec Adventures icon. Top Rope and Lead Climbing Test Outs are available, ask a climbing staff member at the wall or during your orientation.

We invite both new and experienced climbers to participate at the ARC Climbing wall. The ARC Climbing area has two distinct spaces, a 41 foot Tall wall and a 12 foot boulder wall, and can be accessed from Level 1 center hallway. The tall wall offers 13 top rope stations, lead climbing, a realistic rock crack, and a rappel/multipitch ledge. We also have climbing emphasized strength training equipment and a realistic rock station. The rock station provides opportunities for learning to build anchors and place trad equipment. Each semester the Aztec Adventure program offers educational classes at the climbing wall both through the University and the Adventure program.

Prior to climbing, all participants must complete the ARC Climbing Orientation.

Climbing gear is available for rent at no cost at the climbing wall. Our rental gear consists of climbing shoes, harness, GRIGRI and locking carabiner, lead climbing ropes, and crack gloves.

You are welcome to bring your own climbing gear with some stipulations. We only allow roped climbing on our ropes and belaying must be done with a GRIGRI. With that said our staff have final say whether the gear is allowed to be used at our wall based on our safety standards. Our standards for all gear is that it must pass the manufacturer's standards, no harness is older than 5 years, and no GRIGRI or carabiner is older than 10 years. If you have any questions about this please email

Hours are for both bouldering and rope climbing


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