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Welcome to The Rock! Whether you want to try something new, compete against your friends or other students, test your strength and endurance, use a different workout method, or develop your climbing skills, coming to The Rock should be on your CSUB Bucket List.


The Rock wall is accessible to all members during open hours. You don't even need your own equipment as all climbing gear needed (including shoes, harnesses, and belay devices) are available for use free-of-charge.

Programs and Competitions

The Rock offers many different programs throughout the semester including Alta Project, Women Rock, and Belay and Lead clinics that will help teach you more advanced skills in climbing, and allow you to practice those skills at The Rock. 

Competitions are held at the Rock once a month. Everyone is encouraged to compete regardless of skill level. For each competition, you could win a variety of prizes; such as jackets, gift cards, climbing gear, stickers, and much more.

Climbing Experience

Indoor rock climbing is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide. Rock climbing is an incredible experience that develops a stronger mind and body. Climbing can help with overcoming fear, building strength, and developing agility while allowing friendships to be built while spending time with other climbers. There are a lot of reasons to get involved, but to truly understand just how fun climbing can be, you have to try it out yourself. So grab a friend, and come on in- whether you are a beginner or an expert, The Rock has what you are looking for.


The Rock has over 3,400 ft.² of textured climbing terrain including our tower is a 32 ft.-35 ft. high free-standing climbing wall with 7 ropes and 2 auto belays, and includes a climbable arch and an overhang structure. The Rock also features three 13 ft. high double-sided textured bouldering structures with 98 ft. of perimeter space with a built-in arch.

What is Bouldering? 

Bouldering has become a popular style of climbing due to less equipment required than other forms of climbing. Since bouldering is done low to the ground, the only thing needed is a crash pad to land on and a pair of shoes and you're set. Although this style of climbing can be done alone, it has become more of a socially interactive activity due to the amount of people that gather around to watch and encourage each other. Bouldering has become a sport of its own with competitions being held worldwide. It not only allows you to build climbing technique and strength, but it will also help you improve your skills when it comes to top rope climbing.

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It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Close Quote
Sir Edmund Hillary


For more information about the Rock program, please contact:

Marshall McArthur
Coordinator - Outdoor Adventures and Experiential Education
Phone: (661) 654-2709
Email : 

Alejandra Ruiz
Student Manager - Outdoor Adventures (Rock Wall) 
Phone: (661) 654-2733
Email :

Rent The Rock

The Rock is available for groups to rent. To see how you can reserve the rock please check out the process.