Climbing and Bouldering

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Fall 2020 roped climbing hours are

  • Monday - Friday 12:00 - 10 p.m. 
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday 4:00-8:00 pm.

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 Climbing Wall is a chalk free area. However, liquid chalk is allowed. 
  • Climbers must sign up for a facility access reservation to enter the Cary Street Gym, but do not need to reserve a climbing time.
  • all bouldering is drop-in any time the building is open, and roped climbing drop-in is available during posted hours.
  • All climbers must wash and/or sanitize their hands before entering the climbing wall floor or picking up rental equipment.
  • A maximum of 8 climbers may be on the climbing wall floor at any given time.
Program Modifications Climbing Wall
  • Climbing harnesses & shoes are available for free rental
  • Only OAP staff are permitted to belay climbers at the Wall, to limit the rope surface contact for climbers.
  • Lead climbing is only available during climbing clinics, which must be registered for in advance.
  • Patrons can register for climbing clinics online. Use the links in the clinic schedule below. 
Clinics Fall 2020

Click on the linked title to register. 
All schedules are subject to change.

ClinicDateDayTimeSkill LevelFitness Level
Belay Clinic9/9Wednesday6:00 - 7:00 p.m. BeginnerLow
Sport Climbing Clinic9/10Thursday7:00 - 9:00 p.m.IntermediateLow
Climbing Technique Clinic       9/14      Monday7:00 - 8:00 p.m. BeginnerLow
Belay Clinic9/16Wednesday6:00 - 7:00 p.m.BeginnerLow
Gym to Crag Clinic9/22Tuesday5:00 - 7:00 p.m. IntermediateLow
Belay Clinic9/23Wednesday6:00 - 7:00 p.m.BeginnerLow
Belay Clinic9/30Wednesday6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Beginner Low 
Sport Climbing Clinic10/1Thursday1:00 - 3:00 p.m.Intermediate Low
Belay Clinic 10/7Wednesday6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Beginner Low 
Climbing Technique Clinic10/8Thursday1:00 - 2:00 p.m. BeginnerLow
Sport Climbing Clinic10/12Monday4:00 - 6:00 p.m. IntermediateLow
Belay Clinic 10/14Wednesday6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Beginner Low 
Gym to Crag Clinic10/21Wednesday     2:00 - 4:00 p.m. IntermediateLow
Belay Clinic 10/21Wednesday6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Beginner Low 
Belay Clinic 10/28Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Beginner Low 
Climbing Technique Clinic10/29Thursday7:00 - 8:00 p.m. BeginnerLow
Belay Clinic 11/4Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Beginner Low 
Sport Climbing Clinic11/5Thursday7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Intermediate Low
Belay Clinic11/11Wednesday6:00 - 7:00 p.m.BeginnerLow
Belay Clinic11/18Wednesday6:00 - 7:00 p.m.BeginnerLow

Virginia Commonwealth University
Division of Student Affairs
101 S. Linden St.
Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 827-1100

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