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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).

In addition to our open hours, we offer quarter-long recreation classes that teach climbing basics, intermediate and advanced climbing techniques, and other technical skills. These can be helpful for climbers at any level or those who want to learn something new.

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Climbing at Stanford

Academic Year Climbing Wall Hours

These are the open/free climb hours for the 2019-2020 year.

AOERC Climbing CenterAcademic Year Hours
Monday4:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday8:00am - 1:00pm
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday4:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday8:00am - 1:00pm
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday1:00pm - 5:00pm
Family Hours: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday1:00pm - 5:00pm

*Hours subject to change

Free Belay Lessons will be held on Monday-Thursday at 5pm and Tuesday at 6:30pm. First come, first served!

Upcoming Closures/Hour Changes

Family Hours:

  • Children under 18yrs old are allowed to climb during Family Climb time.
  • Participants under 14yrs old cannot belay and must be accompanied by a belay certified adult at all times.
  • Only two participants under 14yrs old are allowed per certified adult.
  • Children under 8yrs old must be under direct supervision by a certified adult at all times in the Climbing Wall (within arms reach).

Who can use the Stanford Climbing Wall?

The climbing wall is only open to Stanford Affiliates (students, staff, faculty, etc.). If you have a valid Stanford ID (SUID) or recreation access card, you can visit the climbing wall for free. The climbing wall is not open to the general public.

To check if you have access, visit this page.


Do you want to work with our Stanford Climbing team? We’re hiring route setters and instructors. We’re also looking for help at our Outdoor Center! If you would like a job at one of the top collegiate climbing walls in the country, visit our employment page for more details and to submit an application.