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Venture Out Center's Bouldering Wall

About the Wall

The bouldering wall is located in the New Venture Out Center (540 Beamer Way) in the South Recreation Area next to the Recreational Field House and Intramural Fields. Use of the 15 foot tall bouldering wall is free for students during open hours of Noon to 9PM. Walk-ins are welcome, but to guarantee your spot, register with us online. 

*Climbing shoes are available for day/indoor rentals at no cost to students.

Project Pantry: November 6 - 10

Put your bouldering skills to the test and support a local cause by participating in our Project Pantry Bouldering Competition!

  • Venture Out Center
  • Register in-person and climb from November 6 - 10
  • Registration for the competition is done in-person, but pre-registering for a climbing time is still required. 
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Project Pantry will be collecting food items to support the Market, an on campus initiative to support students experiencing food insecurity.

Register in person and bring three food items from the pantry list or pay a registration fee of $10.

This competition will take place all week long during normal operating hours. Reserve your slot to boulder on the Rec Sports app. With beginner, intermediate, and advanced categories there are opportunities for climbers of all skill levels.

Climbers will compete against others of the same gender in their skill category. This competition will follow redpoint format; final points are determined by a climber's five highest scoring boulders and number of attempts.

*If you have climbed the competition boulders as an open recreation climber, you are ineligible to enter the competition.

A few quick things to know:

Project Pantry FAQ

When is the competition happening?
Monday, Nov 6th through Friday, Nov 10th during normal bouldering hours.

How do I sign up?
Reserve a time slot to climb the week of the competition. Come in 10 minutes early to register for the competition in person.

Can I register for the competition now?
Reserve your time to climb now, but register when you show up to climb. This way we ensure everyone who registers does have a time slot.

Does it cost money?
Our preference is for everyone to pay by donating three food items. If someone forgets to bring in food, they can pay $10 which will be donated to the Market.

Can I bring in any food items?
Please try to bring in items listed on the pantry wish list. The pantry has a need for certain items and a surplus of others. (Ultimately we will accept any unopened, in-date food items)

What food items will we not accept?
Open food items, expired food, food not in its original container.

Can I climb without participating in the competition?
Yes! Though climbing boulders outside of the competition, will make you ineligible to later enter in the competition.

What is climbing in a competition like?
Loads of fun! It is a way to interact with climbing in a new way and set goals for yourself. The vibe will be similar to any other climbing day at the Venture Out Center. We welcome beginners and people who have never competed before.

How is the competition scored?
This is a classic redpoint competition meaning each climb will have a point value, with the easiest climb at 1 and the hardest at 28. A climber’s score will be the sum of their 5 highest valued climbs. We will also record attempts to be used in the case of a tie.

What category should I compete in?
Categories are separated by gender and skill level. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced categories within the gender categories of womens, mens, and nonbinary. You should compete in the skill category you normally climb at the Venture Out Center. Here is a rough comparison to the V-scale: beginner VB-V2, intermediate V3-V5, advanced V6-8+.

How is the comp judged?
Competitors and staff will act as judges watching when a climber attempts a climb and recording the attempt and if the climb is successful, the corresponding points.

How do you keep score?
Each climber will have a scorecard that tracks their attempts and points. They will return this scorecard at the end of their climb and use the same one at any later session.

Is there a time limit?
You may climb during any slots that you have reserved. So you may climb as much as you would like as long as you have a reservation.

Can my friends come watch?
For sure! You may have guests come watch and cheer you on. They do not need to reserve a spot as long as they are not climbing.

Can competitors help each other out?
Climbers can work on boulders together and give each other tips. While a climber is attempting a route, bystanders should not share “beta” with them. When they are on the ground, advice is fair game.

How should I warm up?
You can warm up by putting together holds from different climbs thus not climbing a set route, attempting a route lower than the grade you are competing at, or climbing any route you have previously successfully climbed.

What do the winners get?
The top finisher in each category will receive special recognition and a Rumpl blanket as a prize.

When will winners be announced?
Monday, November 13th 2022 through our social media.

*For specific questions about scoring and what makes a successful attempt, take a look at the competition rules. 

What is Bouldering?

Bouldering is rock climbing over large pads to protect falls, rather than classic rope and harness climbing. The challenge is to climb short, but tricky routes.

The Basics

  • Members can pre-register to climb up to seven days in advance of their desired climbing time-slot. Fee-paying students and Rec Sports members will need to sign up for a bouldering membership at no additional cost. 
  • Time-slots are set for 50 minutes at a time so Venture Out staff can clean and disenfect the last ten minutes of every hour.

Bouldering Wall Rules

  • All boulderers must check in at front desk and review orientation video 

  • Wash/sanitize your hands prior to climbing

  • Loose chalk is not permitted - Liquid chalk for sale at pro shop

  • No rope climbing permitted outside of clinic or designated training session

  • A maximum of four climbers on the wall at one time

  • No topping out (ie. no climbing above, beyond, or over the top lip of the wall)

  • No climbing over or under other active climbers

  • Shirts and climbing shoes must be worn at all times

  • No personal belongings or water bottles on the bouldering mat

  • No resting while on the mat, move into lobby area for breaks

  • No food in climbing or main lobby area

  • No chewing gum

  • Mask must be worn while in the facility and while climbing

  • Wash/sanitize your hands after climbing
  • No homemade liquid chalk will be allowed. Only manufactured liquid chalk will be allowed

*Climbing shoe rentals are available for free upon request


Bouldering Wall FAQs

  • Fee-paying students and Rec Sports members will need to sign up for a bouldering membership but at no additional cost.
  • At this time, guests will not be allowed to climb as we gauge demand upon opening. 

Only 8 participants will be allowed in the Venture Out Center Lobby/Bouldering Wall area, so non-registered spectators will not be permitted. If there is an open space in the reservation schedule, we may be able to serve walk-ups.

Climbing shoe rentals are available for free at the front desk! Let staff know you'd like a pair and they will provide you with your size.  Return the shoes at the end of your session and they will be properly sprayed with disinfectant.

Loose chalk will not be permitted.  Liquid chalk is sold at our pro shop, just ask the front desk.

Route setting will occur on a monthly basis with holds being washed and sanitized before use on new routes. Check back monthly to see what's new on the wall!

The bouldering wall and mats will be properly disinfected daily and between climbing sessions.

Before Climbing...

Participants must read through this bouldering orientation!

Please read the following carefully. The bouldering orientation information below is extremely important to minimizing the inherent risk of bouldering and the wellbeing of all climbers. Ask any of the Venture Out staff if you have questions or seek guidance after reading this fully. **Please also see posting of rules listed in addition to this Orientation. 

Fall Zone & General Bouldering Awareness:

  • A fall zone is the area where someone currently climbing could fall

  • Fall zones are generally defined by an imaginary 6-10 foot radius around every climber on the wall

  • Since climbers are constantly moving, fall zones are always changing. Your awareness is vital to minimizing risk of injury to yourself and others.

  • Climbers are focused on climbing and cannot be expected to be aware of what’s below them. Don't walk through an active fall zone, as you can be injured if the climber falls.

  • Bouldering is a dynamic sport that at times may involve some fast and erratic movements. Be aware of your movements, and spaces you will be transitioning to (watch out for other climbers).

  • Don’t climb over someone. If you fall, you can both be injured.

  • If you notice someone walking inside your fall zone or someone else’s, notify them to move out of it immediately.

  • The climbing wall terrain is always changing. Be aware of climbing holds and other features that may protrude from the wall. Avoid walking into or standing up into any of these areas.

  • Using headphones or earbuds means you may not be able to hear others who may be trying to communicate with you. As such, they are not allowed in the climbing area and main lobby of the Venture Out Center.

  • Do not rest in padded areas, step off pads while taking breaks.

  • If you see anyone doing anything dangerous, let them (or us) know!

Falling: It is most likely that you will fall at some point during your use of the Bouldering Wall, please read fully below:

  • Know your body’s abilities and what impacts you can sustain. Climb inside of your comfort zone.

  • When falling, DO NOT attempt to catch yourself on your feet, like a gymnast’s finish. While impressive in appearance, the padded surfaces do not offer reliable terrain and put your ankles and back at great risk…… instead, tuck and tumble, distributing the impact over as much protected surface area of your body and over as much distance/time as possible. Think like a ninja, act like a ninja!

  • As you ascend the wall, anticipate falling and how you will react. Practice falling from increasing heights until you are comfortable falling from any elevation.

  • If you ever feel uncomfortable falling, downclimb to a level where you are comfortable using any hold available. Nearby downclimb jugs are also available.

  • Every climbing facility’s padded surfaces are unique. Even if you are an experienced climber, take the necessary time to acquaint yourself with our padding in order to understand the stiffness and how it reacts when falling from different heights.

  • Before you start your climb, be sure that the area underneath is clear from other people, bags, bottles, etc.

Custom Requests

We can take reservations for custom groups on our Bouldering Wall! Please complete the request form for next steps.