It’s a good day for bouldering boys and babes. MSU’s beloved bouldering wall has reopened in the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center. The MSU climbing gym is a great place to learn about climbing, practice your bouldering skills, meet new people, reduce stress and have fun. The staff of our cherished outdoor recreation program frequently sets a wide variety of new and challenging climbing routes that will be sure to test you no matter your climbing experience. As of fall 2018, the wall features over 2,000 square feet of wall space that ranges from less-than-vertical slab to overhanging.

Here are some need-to-know details if you have never visited MSU’s bouldering wall. The climbing wall is free to all paid facility users and doesn’t need to be reserved in advance-just show up and climb. Rock climbing requires a specific type of footwear. Don’t stress though. If you’re not fully committed or ready to drop upwards of $100 on special shoes, the Rec Center offers climbing shoes to rent at the Fitness Center Equipment Room. Lastly, many climbers like to bring a chalk bag to the bouldering wall or out on their climbing excursions to keep their hands dry and grippy. If you don’t have chalk of your own, consider picking some up at REI or the MSU bookstore. You could ask a new pal at the bouldering wall to borrow their chalk bag while you are learning. 

If you have never tried rock climbing but are interested in learning in a more controlled environment, the Outdoor Recreation Program will be hosting a Beginner Climbing Night on Monday, Nov. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the bouldering wall in the fitness center. There will be an introduction to the space, a climbing movement lesson, and some climbing-focused games. This is a mandatory-RSVP event, so be sure to visit their location south of Yellowstone Hall or register online using the CatsConnect app to secure a spot at the event. 

Before visiting the climbing wall, please be sure to read the MSU Climbing Wall Guidelines and Rules, which can be found at www.montana.edu/getfit/climbingwall-rules.html.

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