UM’s Campus Recreation Invites Climbers to ‘Rock the Rec’

February 26, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s “Rock the Rec” climbing competition will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Campus Recreation’s Fitness & Recreation Center climbing wall.

The cost to climb is $25 for Campus Recreation members or $33 for nonmembers. Participants can register online at

This long-running annual competition is divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced categories for men and women. The competition requires participants to compete in both bouldering and roped climbing, drawing a variety of indoor, outdoor, bouldering and top rope climbers.

“It brings climbers of all levels, interests, shapes and sizes together to celebrate climbing,” said Elizabeth Fricke, senior assistant director of the Outdoor Program.

Three days before “Rock the Rec,” Outdoor Program staff will close the climbing wall and set approximately 20-30 new roped climbing routes and 30-40 new bouldering problems for the competition.

“Every single hold comes down, gets cleaned, and is put back up on the wall for new routes,” Fricke said.

David Matlock, an Outdoor Program student staff member, started climbing when he moved to Missoula in 2013. He participated in “Rock the Rec” previously, and over the past several years has helped set the routes and organize it.

“The fact that it’s a big community event is cool,” Matlock said. “And we’re connecting with dozens of sponsors, both local and national industry leaders.”

“Rock the Rec” will feature food, climbing films, music, prizes and shirts for all participants. Sponsors include Campus Recreation, The TrailHead, Petzl, Aerie Backcountry Medicine, Black Diamond, Yoga Fitness Center, Black Coffee Roasting Co., Freestone Climbing, Tufa, Kavu, Great Harvest, The Shirt Shop and more.

For more information call the Outdoor Program at 406-243-5172 or visit


Contact: Elizabeth Fricke, senior assistant director, 406-243-5172,