Greilick Outdoor Recreation and Education Center is the perfect place to learn a new skill and challenge yourself to new heights. Wanna learn more? Explore the options below.

Bouldering Wall

Zip Line

Low Ropes Course


Built in 2003, with a $30,000 grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the 40 foot climbing tower has can accommodate up to six climbers at once. Our climbing walls offer opportunities for both children and adults to build character, confidence and self-esteem, and have fun while they do it! Despite being a little scary at first, climbing is actually a very safe sport. There is always a rope ready to support a beginner climber. They’re incredibly strong (you could suspend a small car with a standard 10 mm climbing rope) and a little bit stretchy so even the tiniest fall is cushioned.

How Climbing Brings a Sense of Achievement

Climbing can be more than just a healthy workout. When you start out, the improvement rate is terrific. But the end of their first session almost all beginners start to see that they are capable of things that seemed impossible just a couple of hours ago. Every climb brings a sense of achievement even if you only got a little higher than you did last time.


Our tower and equipment are inspected regularly by an Association for Challenge Course Technology certified technician. The climbing tower is one of the program areas (along with the waterfront and shooting sports) the requires specialized supervision.

Climbing Calls

These are the standard calls used between the climber and belayer. They are designed to be easy to remember. The basic sequence goes 4, 3, 2, 1 in decreasing number of syllables. There is a paired response from the climber to the belayer at each point. The particular words are important because when it is hard to hear, the intonation and number of syllables may help distinguish which call is being given.
Says Which Means Belayer Says Which Means
“Ready to Climb” (4) I’m ready “On Belay” (3) I have you on belay
“Climbing” (2) I’m starting to climb “Climb” (1) Go ahead
Other Climbing Calls
Climber Says Which Means Belayer Says Which Means
“Slack” I need extra rope “Thank You” Received
“Up Rope” I have too much slack “Thank You” Received
“That’s Me” The slack is gone “Thank You” Received
“Falling” I’m going to fall Usually no need to respond verbally
“Belay Off” Request after reaching the top “Belay off” You are no longer on belay


What is Bouldering?

No harness, No ropes, No problem…

Experience the fun of rock climbing on the GOREC bouldering wall. Unlike other forms of rock climbing, bouldering doesn’t require a harness, ropes, or any other equipment. Instead, bouldering features short routes close to the ground, allowing you to focus on using your strength and balance to stay on the wall. You travel across the wall, as oppose to up the climbing tower. A thickly padded wood chip base helps prevent injuries in the event of a fall.

Our  wall simulates the demands of rock climbing better than any other form of training, other than actual vertical climbing. It also lets you work on technique for different holds and routes while your hands and body get stronger. Bouldering is a fantastic full-body workout, but more importantly, it’s a lot of fun.

Bouldering at GOREC

Our wall is constructed in much the same way as a wood framed house with a lumber framework sheeted with plywood, to creating the climbing surface. Then we worked to develop routes for a variety of skill levels across the wall using standard climbing hand- and foot-holds. Locate in the heart of the central campus, our wall is easy to access.


With its low height, the bouldering wall could be easily mistaken for a piece of playground equipment; it is not. We encourage groups to utilize spotters when using the wall.


More information about our zip line coming soon. 

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More information about our Low Ropes Challenge Course coming soon. 

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