Climbing Wall Information

Wall Climbing

Who is eligible to use the Climbing Wall?

Current Youngstown State University students may use the facilities and services without paying an additional membership fee.

You must be FULL-TIME & LIMITED SERVICE FACULTY or FULL-TIME or PERMANENT PART TIME STAFF or RETIRED FACULTY/STAFF and pay for a membership.

Individuals under the age of 16 are not permitted to use the facility unless they are active in a Department of Campus Recreation approved program.Students climbing rock wall in rec center

Individuals under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed and completed by parent or guardian.

For further information please see the Membership Page.

All of our programming is FREE and NO EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED unless otherwise specified.


Mile High Club

The Mile high Club is an incentive program offered by the ARWC Climbing Wall. The program is offered continuously through a student’s education at YSU. Once a patron climbs at the wall, they may choose to be placed on the Mile High Club List, and then their quest to climb 1 mile (100 laps) on the wall begins. Once you finish a mile, you will receive a Mile High Club t-shirt! For more information contact R.J. Markowitz at (330) 941-1964 or ramarkowitz@ysu.edu


Bouldering Lessons 

Want the thrill of being a rock climber or having a fun workout on the wall, but can’t get over the height? Then this clinic is for you! We offer a climbing experience that doesn’t involve ropes or climbing above 10 feet. This clinic will show you how to climb safely and effectively without giving you vertigo. It will provide you with the confidence and skills needed to enter the YSU Bouldering Competition.

Will be scheduled upon request at Climbing Wall


Rappelling Lessons 

This clinic is designed for the person who likes to live on the edge, literally!  Our experienced wall staff will take participants to the Flad Mountain rappel tower that looms 46 ft. above the ground. The one-hour lesson will focus on commands, techniques ,and proper equipment usage.

Will be scheduled upon request at Climbing Wall


Belay Lessons 

This clinic is essential for students who take an interest in climbing as a serious sport and plan on taking the lead clinic.  It runs about an hour and focuses on knot-tying, rope management, equipment, and commands.  At the end of the program, students will be tested and given a belay card.

Will be scheduled upon request at Climbing Wall


Introduction Climbing Lessons 

This clinic is designed as a progression and is a must for students who want to climb new heights!  Participants will learn necessary skills to climb safely and effectively in addition to becoming belay certified.  The clinic focuses on knot tying, belaying, rope management, equipment and commands as well as technique; such as edging and open grip holds.

Will be scheduled upon request at Climbing Wall


Lead Climbing Lessons 

This clinic is also designed as a progression. You must first be belay certified and have taken the beginner climbing clinic as there will be a review and transition into a new form of climbing. You must be able to pass a climbing test to be able to move on to lead climbing.

Will be scheduled upon request at Climbing Wall