Outdoor Adventure Program

Climbing and Bouldering

See the Facility Hours page for Climbing Wall hours

Clinic Registration

Learn to Belay

Climbing Clinics

Log Rolling and Slacklining Clinics

Climbing Events


The Cary Street Gym Climbing area features a 35-foot climbing wall with six top rope and one lead climbing routes. This area also features one freestanding and 18-foot bouldering section.

  • There is no additional cost to members or guests to use the climbing area. 
  • The Bouldering Wall is available for use when Cary Street Gym is open. 
  • Roped climbing is only permitted during climbing hours
  • The Climbing Wall is a chalk free area. However, liquid chalk is allowed. 

Rec Sports members and their guests can climb with the supervision and belay by the Climbing Wall staff. All necessary climbing wall equipment is available and free to use. Guests may bring their own UIAA approved climbing equipment, however, staff reserve the right to restrict the use of any personal gear within the facility if they feel equipment or operator error may be evident. 


Clinic Registration 

The OAP Climbing Wall is proud to offer clinics to increase the knowledge and skill of climbers of all levels - beginner through advanced, through our weekly climbing clinics. For beginners, take our Belay Clinic, and learn about Slacklining and Climbing Technique. As you gain more skills, look into our Sport and Trad Climbing clinics, as well as Rappelling and Training for climbing. Clinics change every semester. 

  • Belay Clinics are free and held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Register for your spot. 
  • All other clinics are $1. Participants must register through the MyRecSports Portal. 
  • Outdoor Sport Clinics and Manchester Clinics are $5. Participants must register through the MyRecSports Portal.  

Learn to Belay

Learn one of the essential skills of climbing. Belaying is the technique of "holding one fast" or keeping climbers safely on the wall using ropes, harnesses, and climbing friction devices. Belay Clinics are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. We also offer impromptu belay clinics depending on wall usage and instructor availability. Please be sure to register online through MyRecSports or at the climbing wall desk before 6:30 p.m.

Questions? Email Sam Albert: scalbert@vcu.edu


Fall 2018 Clinics 

Registration for Fall clinics opens August 1. Registration is open up to the day of the clinic. 

ClinicDate TimeLocation
Anchor Building Clinic 2 10/23 12:00-2:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall
Anchor Building Clinic 3 11/07 8:00-10:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall
Belay Clinics 8/1 - 12/5 M, T, W 6:30 p.m. CSG Climbing Wall
Climbing Technique Clinic 5  10/24 1:00-3:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall
Climbing Technique Clinic 6  11/5 3:00-5:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall
Climbing Technique Clinic 7  11/16 12:00-2:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall
Manchester Outdoor Climbing Clinic 3  11/2 1:00-4:00 pm Outing Rental Center
Slackline Night 5  10/26 4:00-6:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall
Slackline Night 6  11/9 3:00-5:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall
Sport Climbing Clinic 5  10/30 1:00-3:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall
Sport Climbing Clinic 6  11/14 2:00-4:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall
Trad Climbing Clinic 3  11/08 12:00-2:00 pm CSG Climbing Wall


Log Rolling and Slacklining Clinics

Join OAP and Aquatics in the Activity Pool at Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center to learn how to log roll and slackline. Trained instructors will teach you how to stand and run on the log roller and slackline across the pool. Improve your balance, work out and have fun doing so! Please wear pool-appropriate swimwear/clothing.

Clinics are held Thursdays 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Visit our Log Rolling and Slacklining Clinic registration page to sign up for any of the following dates. Registration is open through the end of the clinic.

November 1, 15, 29


 Climbing Events

OAP Climbathon

November 10, 2018 at the Cary Street Gym Climbing Wall.

Register up to the day of the event. 


Please review our Trip Policies and Procedures.