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]

 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. 





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Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 827-1100

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