For a fun challenge that will get your heart pumping, visit the bouldering room. Located near the Adventure Center, the room contains a bouldering wall with 300 square feet of climbing space. It also has hangboards, a slackline and a Nicros Hypergravity Isolation Training wall system for building strength and balance.
The room is open to members whenever the Rec Center is open. If you're not a member, you can purchase a guest pass.
Bouldering involves moving from handhold to handhold along a designated route on the wall. These routes are called problems, and they're indicated by the color of the holds and/or colored tape. You'll choose a problem, identify the holds and follow them to the end, then descend safely. You won't use a harness or rope.
While you don't need anything special to try bouldering, a pair of climbing shoes and some chalk for a better grip can help. Students and members can check outs hoes for no cost from the main desk of the Recreation Center during facility hours. Chalk and chalk bags are available for sale at the Adventure Center:
Bouldering problems vary in difficulty, which is measured with the V-scale and the Rec-Open scale. Generally, you can expect the following difficulty levels:
Bouldering is dangerous. Using the equipment can result in falls and injuries. You are responsible for your own safety and must be aware of and keep clear of other climbers. Always climb within your capabilities.
You must adhere to the following, or face suspension or loss of access to the facility: