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Climbing Overview

Stanford boasts one of the highest quality collegiate climbing facilities in the nation. Climbing is open to Stanford affiliates, and routes are designed to be accessible to everyone – from beginners to experienced climbers.

Our climbing facility is located within one of the two major recreation centers on campus: Arrillaga Outdoor Education & Recreation Center (AOERC).


Youth and Family Access

Youth and Family Access Climbing Hours are Saturday / Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM.

  • Children under 18 years old are allowed to climb during Youth and Family Access hours.
  • The minimum age to climb is 4 years old.
  • Only two participants under 16 years old are allowed per adult.
  • Children under 16 years old must be under direct supervision by an adult at all times.
  • Children who boulder may not exceed a height of two-times their body length.
  • Participants under 16 years old cannot belay.
  • In order to top-rope, children must be accompanied and belayed by a belay-certified adult.

Climbing Wall FAQ and More Info

  • ALL bags MUST be stored in lockers OUTSIDE the climbing wall.
    • Locks are available for purchase or rent at the AOERC front desk.
  • Rental shoes and harnesses will be available. Socks must be worn with rental shoes.
  • Capacity: 45 climbers.
  • Bouldering, auto-belay, and top rope usage are available at this time.
  • Liquid chalk and powdered chalk contained in chalk socks are allowed.
  • We are currently offering Top Rope Belay Certifications and Youth and Family Access.