Recreation

Who is eligible to use the Crags?

Due to COVID-19 facility restrictions ONLY currently enrolled UW students are allowed to use the Crags Climbing Center at this time. The venue reopened on Oct. 14. Open climbing is only available via reservation and limited to one-hour time slots. Reservations can be made up to 1 week in advance by clicking the button below.

Students can reserve a climbing slot here!

Climbing Reservation

Changing and Cancelling your Reservation

Plans change? Dry enough to get outside on some non-plastic rock? We get it. However PLEASE make every effort to cancel your reservation so that others can climb at Crags! 

  • Please understand that when you do not show up and do not cancel your reservation, you are taking away an opportunity for a fellow student to utilize the Crags Climbing Center. There are a limited number of spots available daily which has been filling up so if you make a reservation and cannot make your reservation, you are REQUIRED to cancel your reservation, which you can do at any time after registering and up to 1 minute before your time slot begins.  Although we ask you to do so as far in advance as possible.

How to cancel your Crags reservation:

  1. Go to the Online Member Portal
  2. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click on the “Log In” button using your UW NETID and password.
  3. Once you have logged in, click your name in the top right corner of the screen.  Click on “Profile” in the dropdown menu that appears.
  4. On the left side of the screen, under Personal Information, click on ‘Programs”.  This will take you to your reservations.
  5. Under your Program Registrations, find the reservation you would like to cancel.  On the right side of that row, you will find a box with three dots.
  6. Click on the box with the three dots and click “Cancel Registration” in the dropdown menu that appears.
  7. You will then be asked if you would like to cancel your registration.  Click on “Yes, Cancel Registration”.  Your registration will then be canceled.

COVID-19 modified procedures:

  • All social distancing and mask-wearing policies at the IMA apply.
    • Please refrain from touching your face while climbing and disinfect your hands before and after entering the Climbing Center.
    • There is a hand sanitizer station in the Crags Lobby.
  • Personal water bottles are to be left in the Crags Lobby and no food is allowed.
  • Liquid chalk is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED and no sharing of personal chalk bags is allowed at this time.
  • In-between climbing sessions all of the bouldering sections and common touchpoints will be disinfected with an electrostatic sprayer.
  • No walk-ins are accepted. Climbers with a reservation can arrive five minutes early for their time slot.
    • Please wait in a socially distanced line (six feet apart) outside of the Crags Climbing Center.
  • The bouldering area is separated into four sections with only one individual allowed to climb any given section at a time.
  • When a climber is using a roped climbing route, the two rope stations to either side of the climber are to be left unoccupied.  Belayers and Climbers must complete all safety checks at an equally safe distance.

About Crags

  • Over 5,000 square feet of climbing area.
  • 23 top rope stations up to 44 feet in height with ~15 configured for lead climbing.
  • Dedicated bouldering area with an average of 40 routes up at any given time.
  • Rope routes range in difficulty from 5.6 – 5.13 with boulders from V0 – V8+.

Modified COVID-19 restricted hours (by reservation only):

Monday 1:30 – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 1:30 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 1:30 – 6 p.m.
Thursday 1:30 – 6 p.m.
Friday Closed at this time
Weekends Closed at this time

Please note that there will be 15 – 30 minutes allotted for hydrostatic disinfecting of the bouldering and common touchpoints between reservation slots.

 Holiday & Revised Hours:

  • Thanksgiving Week | Nov 23 – 27 | CLOSED
  • Winter Break | Dec 21 – Jan 1 | CLOSED

Climbing and UWild trips & classes

UWild classes & trips

Membership & daily rates

Crags Day Pass* FREE!
Crags Quarter Pass N/A
Crags Quarter Equipment Pass** $25.00
Belay Exam $5.00

*Price is free this quarter to reflect our limited hours, occupancy, and route setting as we all cope with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.

**Limited passes available. Equipment rented will be isolated in a personalized bin that you will have access to while you are climbing in the facility. Please note that only Crags Climbing gear can be stored in your Equipment Pass bin.

Equipment rental rates

Chalk bag* $1.10
Harness $2.75
Shoes $3.85
Combo (harness/shoes) $4.95

Rental equipment will be available on a VERY limited basis – gear will be disinfected and quarantined after each use. If you would like to reserve your own package of gear for the whole quarter, please consider purchasing the Crags Quarter Equipment Pass.

*Chalk bags are for personal use only and cannot be shared at this time. Liquid chalk use is HIGHLY encouraged.

Merchandise for purchase

Mojo Chalk bag $18.66
Chalk Cartel reusable chalk sock $6.99
Chalk Block $2.15
Asana Liquid “White Dirt” Chalk (NEW!) $9.91
Big Air XP Belay Device Package $35.18
Cosmo Headlamp $19.78
 8b+ Brush  $8.53
“How to Climb” Book $4.39


Sales tax added where applicable. 
You will need your UW Husky ID card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and Husky Cards as a form of payment. We do not accept cash.

Questions about Accessibility?

The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. UW Recreation encourages everyone to participate in our department offerings; please contact us at (206) 543-4590 or at recinfo@uw.edu for more information on how to get involved. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 business days.

Request Disability Services Office

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at:

Request Disability Resources for Students

Or the Disability Resources for Students Office at:

Location

Crags Climbing Center is inside the IMA, on the main floor near the large cardio fitness room.

3924 Montlake Blvd NE
Seattle, WA 98195