The Rock

The Rock

The Rock is Baylor’s 53 ft freestanding climbing wall, and 13 ft. bouldering pit, located in the McClane Student Life Center. The Rock, and all gear needed to climb, are free for students, faculty and staff.

Over 30 roped climbs, and 33 bouldering problems can be found at the Rock. Our roped climbing ranges in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.13, and our boulders cover the range between V0 and V8. The Rock has several unique features, including overhangs, slabs, imitation natural features, and even a crack formation for crack climbing.

The Rock offers multiple clinics at the Rock as well, including belay clinics, lead climbing, and an introduction to outdoor climbing.

Rock Clinics

Baylor Outdoor Adventure offers clinics to teach students climbing skills and techniques. Most clinics are designed for beginners; no experience needed.

Lead 2.0/Intro to Outdoor Climbing

Belay Clinic

Intro to Lead Climbing


Baylor Outdoor Adventure hosts two climbing events each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Students travel from schools all over Texas to participate in the event and climb the Rock at Baylor. Information on Chalk Up and Bear Climb may be found below.

Chalk Up: Fall 2021

Nov 12

Chalk Up is an informal bouldering competition offered every fall. It is an unsanctioned event, intended to provide climbers with a fun, encouraging atmosphere. Baylor students, faculty/staff and alumni are welcome to come out and compete! Register up to the day of the event at the SLC Front Desk.

Bear Climb: Spring 2022

Bear Climb is Baylor Outdoor Adventure’s annual climbing competition, hosted at the Baylor Rock. Our Spring 2022 competition will be open to climbers of all ability levels, and will be an official USAC Collegiate Climbing Series Competition. Collegiate climbers from all schools in the Texas CCS Region are invited. We will clear the tower and boulder entirely and set over 30 brand new top-rope routes and boulder problems for the competition. There will be a spectator friendly finals round for both bouldering and sport climbing.

Bear Climb Registration

Bear Climb registration will open at the beginning of the Spring 2022 Semester. Paid registration will include competition entry, a grab bag, raffle entry and our Bear Climb T-Shirt. Pricing will be announced soon. All questions regarding Bear Climb should be sent to Mac Murchison.

Check out the Rules of The Rock.