Outdoor Adventure Program

Climbing and Bouldering

The Climbing Wall will be closed Thanksgiving break (Nov. 22-26). See the Facility Hours page for other changes in Wall hours. 

 The Climbing Wall and Bouldering Wall, in the Cary Street Gym, are managed by the Outdoor Adventure Program.

The Rec Sports 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.  

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. Guest may bring their own UIAA approved climbing equipment, but OAP WallAttendants reserve the right to restrict the use of any personal gear within the facility if they feel equipment or operator error may be evident. The Rec Sports climbing wall is a chalk free area. However, liquid chalk is allowed. 

The Bouldering Wall is available for use when Cary Street Gym is open. Roped climbing is only permitted during climbing wall hours.

The Outdoor Adventure Program offers a variety of clinics that cater to climbers of varying skill levels. For more information or to register for a clinic, click here

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. 

  • Clinics are free. 
  • Pre-register for clinics at the links below
  • Walk-ins can join if there is space. If no one is pre-registered 24 hours in advance of the course we will cancel it.
Learn to Belay

Come learn one of the most 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 every weekday at 7:00 p.m. depending on wall usage and instructor availability. Please be sure to register at the climbing wall desk before 7:00 p.m.

Questions? Email Sam Albert: scalbert@vcu.edu

Fall 2017 Clinics  

Click on clinic names below to pre-register. 

Anchor Building

Climbing Technique



Trad Climbing

Training for Climbing

Spring 2018 Wall Special Events
Adaptive Climbing with Sportable

Come learn about adaptive climbing techniques! We will be working with Sportable to provide indoor rock climbing experiences to members of the community with physical and visual disabilities. This is a great way to learn some new skills and make new friends!

Date: January 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Cary Street Crux

Show up to throw down against schools from across the Southeast at the Cary St. Crux. Compete in beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions, top rope and bouldering, to win sweet prizes from local and national climbing brands and vendors. All competitors will recieve a t-shirt and snacks are provided. This event is a part of the EES Climbing Series.

Date: February 10, 2018

Cost: $20.00

Register: Jan 16 - Feb 10

Spring 2018 Clinics

Belay Clinics 

Weekdays, January 17 - May 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Climbing Skills Clinics

Register for clinics by clicking the link in the chart (available 1/16/18). You may register until the day of the clinic. 

Date Clinic Time Location
1/27/2018 Slackline Clinic (1) 5 - 7 p.m. CSG Wall
1/29/2018  Training for Climbing Clinic  8 - 10 p.m.  CSG Wall  
2/1/2018 Sport Climbing Clinic (1) 3 - 5 p.m. CSG Wall
2/6/2018  Anchor Building Clinic  12 - 2 p.m.  CSG Wall  
2/12/2018 Slackline Clinic at the Pool 8 - 10 p.m. CSG Aq Center
2/15/2018 Climbing Technique Clinic (1) 2 - 4 p.m. CSG Wall
2/19/2018 Sport Climbing Clinic (2) 8 - 10 p.m. CSG Wall 
2/21/2018 Trad Climbing Clinic (1) 8 - 10 p.m.  CSG Wall  
2/28/2017  Rappelling Clinic  8 - 10 p.m.  CSG Wall  
3/14/2018 Sport Climbing Clinic (3) 2 - 4 p.m. CSG Wall 
3/19/2018 Climbing Technique Clinic (2) 4 - 6 p.m. CSG Wall 
3/23/2018  Slackline Clinic (2)  4 - 6 p.m.  ORC 
3/27/2018 Sport Climbing Clinic (4) 2 - 4 p.m. CSG Wall 
4/4/2018 Trad Climbing Clinic (2) 12 - 2 p.m. CSG Wall 
4/6/2018 Sport Climbing Clinic (5) 6 - 8 p.m. CSG Wall 
4/13/2018 Manchester Outdoor Climbing (1) TBD ORC 
4/17/2018 Outdoor Sport Climbing Clinic  (1) 1 - 4 p.m. ORC
4/20/2018 Slackline Clinic (3) 5 - 7 p.m. ORC 
4/24/2018  Manchester Outdoor Climbing (2)  TBD  ORC  
5/4/2018  Outdoor Sport Climbing Clinic (2)  1 - 4 p.m.   ORC 
5/30/2018 Manchester Outdoor Climbing (3) TBD ORC