Climbing and Bouldering

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 Summer 2021

Belay Clinics will be held every Thursday through August 19, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 


Great News! The OAP Climbing Wall will allow participants to belay one another again beginning July 1, 2021.

  • In order to belay, you must pass a belay test administered by an OAP staff member.
  • Participants may ask to take the belay test at the climbing wall desk.
  • Belay approvals last for one year.
  • If you do not pass the test the first time, you are welcome to come back and take it again (after a 24 hour wait time).
  • If you are new to belaying, OAP offers belay clinics on weeknights. Register using the link above. 
  • With the return of belaying, we will also move back to having all participants tie into the ropes at the climbing wall using a figure-8 follow through.
  • If you are not comfortable tying this knot, OAP staff will teach you how to tie it!
  • You are welcome to bring your own belay device, or you can borrow a friction plate (ATC) device from the OAP free of charge during your visit to the Wall.

Summer 2021 roped climbing hours are

  • Monday - Friday 3:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Sundays 4:00 - 8:00 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.all bouldering is drop-in any time the building is open, and roped climbing drop-in is available during posted hours.
  • Climbing harnesses & shoes are available for free rental
  • Lead climbing is only available during climbing clinics, which must be registered for in advance.
  • Patrons can register for climbing clinics online. Use the link above to register. 
 Fall 2021

Registration opens August 1. Register up to the time of the clinic. All clinics will be held at Cary Street Gym Climbing Wall 

Request-a-clinicSeptember 24 - December 10To be determined by participantTo be determined by participant
Belay ClinicAugust 25 - December 8Wednesdays6:00 -7:00 p.m.
Sport Climbing ClinicAugust 26Thursday3:00 -5:00 p.m.
Climbing Technique ClinicAugust 30Monday3:00-4:00 p.m.
Gym to Crag ClinicSeptember 7Tuesday2:00 -4:00 p.m.
Sport Climbing ClinicSeptember 16Thursday7:00 -9:00 p.m.
Climbing Technique ClinicSeptember 20Monday7:00-8:00 p.m.
Gym to Crag ClinicSeptember 30Thursday5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sport Climbing ClinicOctober 4Monday1:00-3:00 p.m.
Climbing Technique ClinicOctober 12Tuesday1:00-2:00 p.m.
Sport Climbing ClinicOctober 21Thursday4:00-6:00 p.m.
Gym to Crag ClinicOctober 25Monday2:00-4:00 p.m.
Climbing Technique ClinicNovember 4Thursday7:00-8:00 p.m.
Sport Climbing ClinicNovember 9Tuesday7:00-9:00 p.m.
Gym to Crag ClinicNovember 18Thursday7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sport Climbing ClinicDecember 3Friday2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Gym to Crag ClinicDecember 6Monday6:00-8:00 p.m.
No Man's Land Film Festival

November 3, 2021, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Cary Street Gym MAC

No Man's Land Film Festival travels year-round and worldwide to share with you our current selection of best-loved films from the festival archives and brand new films featuring the most driven and inspired women adventurers. This event will feature a collection of short adventure films and a panel of women who are movers and shakers in the outdoor world. Admission is free!



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