Outdoor Rec Center Programs

Superior Climbing Competition (Held each Winter semester)

This event brings climbers from across the upper Midwest together for a day of friendly competition and camaraderie. New and seasoned climbers of all ages are encouraged to participate and share in the community that makes climbing such a special sport. The day begins with a kids' competition, which features routes set specifically for younger climbers. Many of the youth participants are members of our Saturday morning Kids' climbing class, Toonbusters. The next competition, for ages 16 and older, attracts students and community members. Three hours of open-format climbing are followed by an exciting finals round. 
Date Registration Cost
April 8th, 2017 Series Division Pricing TBD
  Youth Series 
Starts at 9 a.m.
Beginner Pricing TBD
  Adult (Male & Female)
Starts at noon
The Superior Climbing Competition will take place in the PEIF REC Center at the Climbing wall. To register please visit the PEIF Information Center or Rec Sports Office 126.  Registration can be done over the phone in the Rec Sports office during business hours by calling 227-2519.


Climbing Workshops

All workshops take place on Sundays.
Free of charge for members. Non-members must purchase a day pass ($10) for each workshop.
Space is limited, reserve your spot!

Dates Workshop
Sept. 25th

Women on the Wall: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Oct. 2nd

Slacklining 101: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

Oct. 9th

Route Setting: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

Intermediate and advanced climbers can hone their understanding of climbing movement and offer their unique challenge to the climbing community. Completion and certification will allow you to set during community setting hours. 

Oct. 16th Lead Climbing: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Oct. 30th

Sport Anchor "Cleaning": 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Nov. 6th Introduction to Ice Climbing: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
Nov. 13th DIY Retired Rope/Chalk Bag Projects: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. ($3 registration fee)


Midnight Madness

Date Friday, November 4th
TBA 10 p.m. - Midnight


Reserve the Climbing Wall

Reserve the climbing wall for your next group event or gathering. Three ORC employees with be available for your two hour private climbing session for belaying needs.

2 hours of reserved climbing wall time. 12-15 recommended group size
Member: Non-Member
Cost of wall rental and ORC available belayers are included within membership.
Must have a PEIF Pass, this rate applies to student members/groups only.
$70 flat rate per hour


Build Your Own Trip - Fall 2016

Build your own trip with the Outdoor Rec Center. Choose from any of the local applicable hiking or ski trails in the Marquette area, and two ORC employees will guide your group through a two-hour excursion while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Hot chocolate is provided upon break!
Must provide personal transportation.
Participants must meet at ORC prior to trip for equipment checkout.


Cross Country Skiing

2 hour trip length 12 person max group size
Member: Non-Member:
Cost of guides are included within membership.
Must purchase rental equipment: Cross Country Ski Package: $10
$80 flat rate. Guidance is included within cost, along with Cross Country Ski
Package Rental.
List of Trails:
Forestville, Tourist Park, Fit Strip, Presque Isle, Blueberry Ridge (Trips are not limited to all these areas)



2 hour trip length 12 person max group size
Member: Non-Member:
Cost of guides are included within membership. 
Must purchase rental equipment: Snow Shoes: $7
$80 flat rate. Guidance is included within cost, along with snowshoe rental.
List of Trails:
Sugarloaf, Hogback, Little Presque, Presque Isle, Tourist Park (Trips are not limited to these areas)

To register for any of these programs or for more information, please stop by the Rec Sports office (PEIF 126) or call 906-227-2519.

Registration available during Recreational Sports Office hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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