Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym

The Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym is a FREE on-campus resource for students, faculty, and staff. This facility includes a large climbing room as well as a training area. Options exist for bouldering, top-roping, lead-climbing, dry-tooling, slack-lining, and training. All ability levels are encouraged to come, and equipment is provided for free for those without any personal climbing gear. The Ritt Gym Staff also offers a wide variety of clinics and workshops throughout the year!

El Pomar Sports Center, Middle Floor

For an updated list of all of our events, clinics, and aerial fabrics classes, please visit SUMMIT!

We are pleased to announce the Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym is currently open! Along with the El Pomar Fitness Center, we are taking many precautions to reduce health risks to our patrons.

All active employees and students who are approved to be on campus are welcome to use the facility.

Group Climbing Sessions

Are you interested in bringing a group to the Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym? Reserve a time slot for your group and you'll have the whole climbing gym all to yourselves! 
  • Hourly blocks of time can be reserved for groups on Mondays, Weeks 1-4 between 2:00 pm-4:00 pm each block. 
  • Groups must have at least 4 people but may not exceed 8 total during an hour block. 
See what is available and reserve a time for your group on SUMMIT NOW!

Open Climbing Sessions

Blockly Hours:

Mondays - Wednesdays: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

Thursdays: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Sundays: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

*closed Wednesday - Sunday of block breaks


To ensure an environment that allows for proper social distancing, we currently have a maximum of 20 climbers allowed in the climbing gym at one time. 

Due to the public health risks posed by COVID-19, the following modifications have been made to your visit to the fitness center and climbing wall. Please read carefully and take note of the following.

  • If you are exhibiting or experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 (fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, muscle pain, headache, etc.), please do not come to the fitness center, and do seek medical attention.

  • Masks are required to enter and move about in the fitness center and are required to work out per the State of Colorado directive. Masks must be worn while climbing. All fitness center and climbing wall staff are wearing masks at all times.
  • Proper social distancing is expected at all times. No congregating or loitering in common spaces, hallways, stairwells, or work areas and if you use the elevator, please note that only one person can ride it at a time.

  • Climbing harnesses, shoes, and belay devices will be available for those who do not have their own.
  • No loose chalk will be allowed. Liquid chalk will be provided.

  • Climbers should wash their hands with soap and water before entering the climbing wall area.

  • Climbers should use hand sanitizer before and after each climb (the use of liquid chalk will also be acceptable).

Weekly Clinics and Programs 

Women's Wednesdays, 4-6 pm

This weekly timeslot is reserved for female-identifying climbers. All skill levels are welcome! This happens every block during weeks 1-3. Make sure to check Summit for special Women's Wednesday Clinics.

Beginner Climber Tuesdays, 4-5 pm

This weekly time slot is reserved for beginner climbers to come and enjoy the climbing gym with other beginners! Climbing Wall staff are ready to help welcome and assist new or beginner climbers. This happens every block during weeks 1-3. 

Climbers of Color Blockly Climb, 3-4 pm Third Mondays

This timeslot is reserved for Climbers of Color. All skill levels are welcome. This happens every third Monday of the block. 

Top Rope Belay Classes, Various times - Register on Summit

If you are new to climbing or just need a refresher on safe belay practices, register for one of our Top Rope Belay Classes! Belaying is the process of safely taking in slack in the rope as the climber progresses up the climbing wall, which protects them in case of a fall. It is one of the most important skills that all climbers must be proficient in to climb safely.

If you already know how to properly and safely belay, stop by the climbing gym at any time and ask for a Belay Assessment! Our belay assessments are based on the American Alpine Universal Belay Standards.

Prerequisites: No previous experience is required!

Lead Belay ClassesVarious times - Register on Summit

If you are excited to take your indoor or outdoor climbing to the next level, register for one of our Lead Belay Classes. This class will build off of your top rope belay skills and will enable you to belay someone who is "leading" a climb from the ground up. This class will also introduce how to lead climb as well, which is an essential skill to learn in a safe environment like our indoor climbing wall! Lead climbing is the process of starting with both the rope and climber on the ground and the climber works their way up the wall, clipping into quickdraws (anchors) on the wall as they move higher and higher, protecting themselves from landing on the ground in the event of a fall.

If you already know how to properly and safely belay, stop by the climbing gym at any time and ask for a Belay Assessment! Our belay assessments are based on the American Alpine Universal Belay Standards.

Prerequisites: Must be Top Rope Belay Certified at the Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym and feel comfortable top rope belaying before attending this clinic.

Open Route Setting

Are you interested in helping to create some of the awesome routes at the climbing wall? Stop by our Open Setting hours every Tuesday from 1:00-3:30p during weeks 1-3 of each block. Our route setter staff will provide a safety orientation and help you set fun and challenging climbing routes! 

Aerial Silks Classes

All are welcome to come to experience the exciting world of aerial silks through hands-on instruction. Silks participants will learn to use the fabric that is suspended from the climbing wall to swing, fall, suspend, and spiral their bodies into and out of various positions. Classes are offered for all skill levels including beginner and intermediate.

Register in advance on Summit!

Additional Clinics Offered

The Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym is a gym meant to be a fun, safe, welcoming, and educational space for all of the CC community. We offer a wide variety of clinics for all skills and ability levels. The clinics are taught in line with industry standards and will help any climber take their skills to the next level and learn how to be safe in the process! See a current schedule and register on SUMMIT!

Some of our clinics include:

  • Knots and Hitches
  • Climbing Movement and Technique
  • Intro to Anchor Building
  • Anchor Cleaning and Rappelling
  • Intro to Traditional Gear and Anchors
  • Intro to Multipitch Climbing
  • Intro to Dry Tooling
  • Rock Climbing Rescue
  • Intro to Aid Climbing

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Facility Hours

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Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
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The Ahlberg Gear House and Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym will be open during the summer on a limited schedule. The Bike and Ski Co-op will be available by appointment only.  Please visit each facility page for more information regarding hours and precautionary measures.

Contact Us

(719) 389-6803

931 N. Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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