Hours of Operation

12/24 - 10am-4pm      12/25 - CLOSED     12/31 - 10am-6pm

Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


About The Proving Ground

As long-time residents of Bloomington-Normal, we understand our community.  We have experienced it as children, as students, and as parents.  As long-time climbers, we understand how the sport can profoundly and positively impact the lives of people both young and old.  We have witnessed how it can build friendships, strengthen family bonds, and instill confidence.  That’s what led us to open our community’s first dedicated bouldering gym – The Proving Ground.

If you’ve already experienced climbing, you will find inspiration on our walls.  If you’re venturing into climbing for the first time, we’re here to ease you in.  If you’re looking for a way to spend meaningful, healthy time with your family, you’ll find no better place.  Let us prove it to you.


What’s Waiting for You at The Proving Ground

6,500 square ft

of bouldering on amazing new walls built by Rockwerx


area with autobelays and bouldering for beginners

Lounge areas

multipurpose room, fully stocked pro shop, and showers

Training Area

with a Kilter Board, campus board, and free weights