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Club Benefits

Being a member of the climbing club has some great perks which we encourage everyone to take full advantage of.  Arguably, any one of these benefits alone is worth more than the club dues, and you can take advantage of all of them!  This is clearly the best deal on campus!  A membership in the club includes:

  • Callout – our climbing trip to Jackson Falls in southern Illinois (absolutely no experience required, for more info see Callout Page)
  • Gear Rental – we have a large selection of gear including harnesses, helmets, ropes, quickdraws, traditional climbing gear, crash pads, and much more. This gear is available at no charge to members on a weekly basis.  For a list of gear, check out the Gear Rental Page
  • Gear Discounts – the club has a gear order once a semester which can get you some serious deals on climbing gear.
  • Networking – the club provides an easy and effective way to find climbing partners and resources.
  • Social Events – social events include the Reel Rock Film Tour (a film tour with world-class climbing videos), bar crawls, potlucks, club hours, and themed parties. See calendar below for upcoming events or check out our Facebook group!
  • Clinics – the club occasionally offers a clinic (at an additional cost) to teach certain climbing techniques to those interested.  For the past few years, there has been a traditional climbing clinic once a year, but these are tentative, based on the availability of an instructor and interest from members. Information on the club’s membership can be found on the Get Involved page.

Diversity and Inclusivity Statement

The Climbing Club at UIUC welcomes climbers of any race, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, and experience. We recognize the current and historic lack of diversity and equity within not just climbing but all outdoor recreation. We will hold ourselves accountable and challenge all members to create a space that is welcoming and inviting to all. We are committed to providing a space that encourages equitable access to gear, knowledge, experiences, and community.


Learn More:

Why diversity matters in climbing

 Ways to make climbing more inclusive

Podcast episode about diversity in climbing 


We have been fortunate to have some great sponsors to help us provide prizes for some of our fundraising events.  We would like to recognize the generosity of these fine companies

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