Climbing Bouldering Wall

MCV Campus Rec & Aquatic Center is closed through Mon,1/22, due to major HVAC system leak. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working with contractors and VCU FMD to repair as quickly as possible. We tentatively expect to reopen Tue, 1/ 23. This is subject to change. Larrick Student Center is open. Details at our Facility Status page.


Outdoor Adventure Program

Climbing and Bouldering

See the Facility Hours page for changes in Wall hours throughout the spring semester. 

Clinic Registration

Wall Events

Climbing Clinic Schedule


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. 

  • Belay Clinics are free and held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
  • All other clinics are $1, and registration has to be done online through the MyRecSports Portal. 
  • Outdoor Sport Clinics and Manchester Clinics are $5 and registration must be done online through the MyRecSports Portal.
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:

Spring 2018 Wall Special Events
Adaptive Climbing with Sportable

This 4-week adaptive rock climbing series is for Sportable athletes and students or faculty/staff at VCU with a physical disability or visual impairment. Participants can expect to receive introductory instruction to rock climbing and all necessary equipment will be provided. 

All events are 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Cary Street Gym. Participants will be served on a first come, first served basis in a one-hour climbing session, from either 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. or 8:00 -9:00 p.m. Priority will be given in the order you have signed up.

Cost: FREE

Sessions will be held on 

February 1

February 8

February 15

February 22

If you register for this series, you must able to commit to all four days of the series. Register for the series here. 

Volunteer/Staff Training will be held January 25. Please email Sam Albert to register as a volunteer. 

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 receive 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 for the Cary Street Crux Jan 16 - Feb 10

Spring 2018 Clinics

Belay Clinics 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Register online through the MyRecSports portal.

Climbing Skills Clinics

Register for clinics by clicking the link in the chart. Registration opens January 16. You may register until the day of the clinic. 

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