Students climb the Cary Street Gym climbing wall


The Bouldering Area is open during gym open hours.

Belay Clinics

Want to become more independent in rock climbing? Learning to belay allows you to climb with a partner, and is a fundamental skill for all rock climbers. OAP staff will teach current best practices for belaying, and answer any and all questions about climbing in the Cary St. Gym.

Every Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!

Spring 2023 Climbing Clinics

Registration for all clinics will OPEN 24 hours before the start of the program. Click the program titles to register at MyRecWell. 

Belay Clinics

Held every Wednesday, January 25-April 26  6:00-7:00 p.m. (no clinic March 8)

Sport Climbing Clinic

  • Thursday, January 26, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Climbing Technique Clinic

  • Tuesday, January 31 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 14, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Gym to Crag Clinic

  • Tuesday, February 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20,  5:00-7:00 p.m.

Spring 2023 Climbing Special Events


Cary Street Crux

February 11, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The annual Cary Street Crux is back! Join us on February 11 at the Cary Street Gym Climbing Wall for a Top Rope Climbing Competition. Climbers at all levels of experience are welcome.

Enter any heat time that works for you, and choose the option of climbing in the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced categories. Go for the top three in your category for a choice from our Prize Pool!

The Advanced category will have a chance at our final routes to prove their mettle and win their medal along with first pick of the prize pool.

A FREE T-SHIRT is included with each registration. Don't forget your leapin' legs and join us right before finals for a dyno competition. Enter our raffle for a free chalk bag. Prove yourself to your peers, your followers, and even yourself.

Register for the Crux: 

$20 until February 1

$25 until February 10

$30 at the door

NO POWDERED CHALK. Liquid chalk will be provided.

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