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Benny Climbing

Our climbing wall has 5,500 square feet of climbable space making it the most expansive wall in the region and one of the largest at any university. The wall was built in 1999 and designed by Scott Vail of Nampa, Idaho.  

Link to the Climbing Wall Assumption of Risk

If you would like to know more about scheduling a group, review the GROUP CLIMB INFORMATION below.

Indoor Open Climb

Climbing Wall Spring Semester

Monday-Friday 4:00-8:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM

To inquire about scheduling a group, please fill out this Climbing Group Inquiry form.  

Submitting this form is the first step in scheduling your group, but it is not a reservation. You will be contacted directly to discuss possible dates and times, after which you will receive a formal confirmation of your reservation.

Trouble filling out the form? Contact Brenna Miller at brennamiller@isu.edu or (208) 282-3825


About Group Climbing

We use a “team climb” for groups which allows those under age 16 to belay each other safely with a multi-person, multi-rope belay setup. It is a fun, rewarding experience for youth groups and beginners! 

We stress (and cannot stress enough) Wall staff are unable to accommodate groups during Open Climb hours. If a group drops in, they will be turned away.

  • Group climbs must be scheduled a week in advance.
  • A group should be a minimum of 6 climbers and a maximum of 20 climbers.
  • The cost is $200 for the session.
  • All participants under 18 must have a waiver signed by a guardian prior to the event.
  • Group climb participants should be at least 9 years old (4th grade)

The Climbing Wall Assumption of Risk form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to participation. We do not currently have an online waiver, but you may print the Climbing Wall Assumption of Risk and bring the signed waiver to the Wall. As dictated by ISU Risk Management, the Assumption of Risk form may not be signed by a temporary (non-legal) guardian. Parent notes or phone calls are not accepted in lieu of signed Assumption of Risk form. 

What times and days is the Climbing Wall available to reserve for Group Climb?
We do not schedule groups during Open Climb--which is 4-8pm Monday-Friday and 1-5pm Saturdays & Sundays during the Fall and Spring academic terms. Wall availability varies by time, day, and time of year. Please note the wall is closed during fall break, winter break, and all summer. We provide climbing opportunities to ISU students and the ISU community first, but we try diligently to find time to help out community groups. We are typically unable to rent the facility for private events, such as birthday parties. However, all inquiries are welcome! In general, most community climbs are scheduled weekday evenings from 8-10pm, with consideration for daytime school field trip activities and university groups. 

What constitutes a “group”? Can I bring a couple kids to climb?
The Wall staff's ability to accommodate any climber depends on how busy the wall is and the experience-level of participants. For example, three kids and one adult would be allowed to use the Wall during Open Climb under the following conditions:

  • The adult would need to be belay certified prior to arriving.
  • All children must be actively supervised and within arms’ reach as it is extremely unsafe for them to run amok.
  • Everyone who enters the facility will need to be a member or purchase a day pass fee. This includes children of any age. We do not have guest passes or spectator rates.
  • Minors under the age of 16 may not belay.
  • Minor participants must have the Climbing Wall Assumption of Risk signed by their parent or legal guardian.


  • 125 feet wide by 35 feet high with 5,500 square feet of climbable space

  • 25-foot horizontal roof overhang

  • 20,000 feet (4 miles) of metal tubing make up the interior frame

  • 19 top-rope stations with 45+ routes

  • 17 lead climbing stations

  • Bouldering area with 25+ problems

  • 2 TrueBlue Auto-Belays