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Floor-to-Ceiling Crack S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Ledges-on-the-Left S,TR 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Right-most-Arete S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Elevation: 800 ft
GPS: 41.658, -91.538 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Bill McKirgan on Dec 14, 2013
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Description

The facility features a bouldering area and 50-foot climbing wall with about a dozen top rope routes ranging from easy to very difficult. The left side is the practice area, and has easier climbs including a ledge. The center has the hardest climbs with several roof features and constant overhang. Right of center routes are not as overhanging and there is a prominent crack that ranges from hands to off-width.

Each route has a series of bolts for lead climbing. Route holds are moved periodically to keep things interesting. Training is available at a cost. Annnual re-certification costs less. Different training and certification is required for top roping vs lead climbing.

The wall has many nice features built into it. It is equipped with floor anchors for light belayers. The bouldering area is well padded. One can get a foot in between pads and twist an arm or leg. Attentive spotting is important for those attempting the higher more overhanging problems.

The climbing facility at the University of Iowa Recreation Center is open to Iowa students, faculty and staff as well as the general public. Anyone may pay for a day pass or membership at the entrance of the building.

http://afterclass.uiowa.edu/events/try-climbing-hours/

Getting There

Located in Iowa City on the southwest corner of Burlington and Madison Streets.

http://recserv.uiowa.edu/Apps/Facilities/CRWC.aspx

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Zabadoo
Grand Rapids, MI
Zabadoo   Grand Rapids, MI
I did get a chance to climb. I was able to "test out" of the class requirements and able to top rope climb that same night. It was a fantastic indoor wall, with well thought out routes. Staff was friendly and the community of folks were inviting. Jan 25, 2015
Bill McKirgan
Cedar Rapids, IA
Bill McKirgan   Cedar Rapids, IA  
Zabadoo,

Hope you get a chance to try it out. The wall has many nice features to use in addition to the bolted-on holds. Jan 23, 2015
Zabadoo
Grand Rapids, MI
Zabadoo   Grand Rapids, MI
I called and it turns out that you can pay an extra $5 on top of the day pass price (It's called "try climbs") and get a staff member to belay you. I hope to go this week if the business trip planning plays nice. Jan 19, 2015
Bill McKirgan
Cedar Rapids, IA
Bill McKirgan   Cedar Rapids, IA  
Zabadoo,

I hope you get a chance to try it out as the wall is very nice with crack and pocket features in addition to holds bolted to the wall. You might try emailing rec-services@uiowa.edu to verify your options.

I don't work there, but I have climbed there many times. The routine is to ask to pay for climbing instruction (top rope) along with your day pass as you walk in the main entrance. Then a week later you may take the safety check at no extra cost. You will still need to pay the day pass fee or have a membership on the day you take the safety check. I suppose you will not be in town for more than a week.

Alternatively, you may pay for 'try a climb' in addition to the day pass as you enter the facility. You and your colleagues may do this; however, the staff may insist on belaying everyone in your party.

If you bring your shoes and harness and belay device you will save money on rental. You may also bring a chalk bag as long as the chalk is packed in a fabric ball.

Wishing you a fun and safe visit! Jan 18, 2015
Zabadoo
Grand Rapids, MI
Zabadoo   Grand Rapids, MI
Reading the UI website it seems like it would take more than one lesson to actually start climbing. I am going to be visiting Iowa City for business in a couple of weeks and I wanted to bring some non-climbing colleagues. Would they be able to climb that same night? Will I be able to climb even though I could show proficiency with any of the basic skills needed? Jan 17, 2015

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