Climbing and Bouldering

An OAP staff member instructs two students at the climbing wall. The instructor holds belay ropes. All three are wearing masks. [View Image]

Spring 2021 roped climbing hours are

  • Monday - Friday 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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. 

 Summer 2021

Belay Clinics will be held every Wednesday through August 18, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


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

(804) 827-1100

About Recreational Sports

VCU Recreational Sports offers a diversity of programmed and informal recreational, fitness and sports activities for the VCU community.

Page last updated 08/14/2018

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