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!

All active employees and students are welcome to use the facility.

Climbing Hours


A & B Block:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

**Closed 6/19 and 7/4**

Open Climbing Hours

Mon/Weds – 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Tues/Thurs – 8:00pm to 10:00pm (Weeks 1-3)

Fri/Sun – 4:00pm to 8:00pm

**Closed block breaks**


Affinity Group Climbing Sessions

Diverse Climbers of CC - Tuesday Week 2 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Femmes & Thems - Thursday Week 2 6:00pm - 8:00pm


** The Ritt Kellog Climbing Gym will be closed during block, fall, winter, and spring breaks.**

Skill Development Clinics


Climbing Clinics (Sign Up in Summit)

Tuesday & Thursday Weeks 1 & 3 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm 


Aerials Clinics (Sign Up in Summit)

Wednesdays Weeks 1, 2, & 3 – 12:30pm to 3:30pm


Open Route Setting

Mondays Weeks 2 & 3 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm 

Programs and Clinics

Diverse Climbers of CC

This blockly time is a space held for the Diverse Climbers of CC to come together to create community and explore their shared interest in climbing. 


Femmes & Thems

This blockly time is a space held for gender non-binary, womxn, transgender, and femme-identifying students to climb in community.


Belay Assessments 

If you already know how to properly and safely belay, stop by the climbing gym at any time during open climbing hours and ask for a Belay Assessment. Our belay assessments are based on the American Alpine Universal Belay Standards. Successfull completion of a Belay Assessment is required prior to top rope or lead belaying in the gym. 


Open Route Setting

Help to create some of the awesome routes at the climbing wall! Stop by our Open Setting hours where our route setter staff will provide an orientation to route setting 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. Beginner and intermediate classes are offered.


Skill Development Clinics

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:

  • Belay Classes - Top Rope and Lead
  • 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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Please visit each facility page for more information regarding hours for the Gear House, Bike & Ski Co-op and the Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym.

Contact Us

(719) 389-6803

931 N. Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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