Dixon Recreation Center is one of the main social hubs of activity on campus.
Dixon Recreation Center houses two cardio rooms, two weight rooms, two gyms, six racquetball courts, three squash courts, three multipurpose rooms, a 42ft tall climbing wall, 1/10 mile indoor track, 25-yard pool, a dive well, a hot tub, three sand volleyball courts, and the Adventure Leadership Institute.
There are two climbing walls managed through RecSports. One is located inside the East Entry of Dixon Recreation Center. The other climbing wall is located inside McAlexander Fieldhouse.
BELAY SKILLS CHECKS (Required Annually)
This 90-minute class introduces you to the climbing center and teaches you belay skills. Sessions are for up to six participants – first come; first served.
Classes are offered twice daily, see the Adventure Schedule for times.
All necessary equipment is provided for free check out to participants, including harness, ropes, belay devices and carabiners. We offer climbing shoe rentals.
We also sell chalk balls.
Bouldering is available in the Climbing Center whenever the building is open and there are not scheduled programs. Find the facility schedule for McAlexander Climbing Center and Dixon Climbing Center through our WebTrac database by signing in as yourself or a guest and then clicking on "facility calendar".
When bouldering or climbing during open climbing hours you must be belay skill certified (classes offered twice daily). When the ICC is closed for top-rope climbing, you only need a signed waiver to boulder.
Climbers who have passed the Lead Climbing Certification class are allowed to lead at the supervisor’s discretion whenever the gym is open. Prerequisites: Gym lead climb certified. Lead Climbing Waiver (pdf)
RecSports offers term climbing passes for sale to the general public. Head over to our Pricing and Payment page for more information.
Corvallis’ only indoor climbing competition!
Vert Fest occurs every third weekend in February. The event is loaded with a variety of options for every climbing enthusiast. There will be industry booths/demos, clinics, and a bouldering competition.
Please refer to Recreational Sports Youth Access Guidelines for information about access and eligibility for climbing.
Note: Those under 18 need a parent/guardian to sign a youth waiver (pdf) on a yearly basis to use the Climbing Center.