Recreational Sports facilities include:
Dixon Recreation Center is one of the main social hubs of activity on campus. It 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.
The RecSports Climbing Centers offer something fun for all levels of experience and are open to the general public. For facility rentals see RecSports rentals and reservations or contact the Adventure Leadership Institute™ Office Specialist.
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 2013 is happening Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at McAlexander Fieldhouse. The event is loaded with a variety of options for every climbing enthusiast. There will be industry booths/demos, clinics, and a bouldering competition.
Entry, Eligibility and Ages:
Community members aged 16 and older are allowed to climb during operation hours without sponsorship by parent/guardian or sponsoring adult. All participants aged 16 and older must pass a belay skills test and sign a liability waiver. Those under 18 need a parent/guardian to sign a youth waiver (pdf) on a yearly basis to use the Climbing Center.
Minors age 8-15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or a sponsoring adult, age 18 or older, while using the facilities (the adult must be within the Climbing Center). The minor must have a parent/guardian signed youth waiver on file in order to use the facility. The minor must participate in all parts of a skill check except belaying. This includes harnesses, tying in, rules and spotting. Minors age 8-15 must be accompanied and belayed by their parent/guardian or a sponsoring adult, except during teen hours or special programs or when bouldering. This age group is allowed to boulder and spot for bouldering.
Minors under the age of 8 may only enter the Climbing Center during family climb hours and special programs and are not allowed to spot for bouldering or to belay. There is no minimum age for family climb time however children must be under control of and within arms reach of the accompanying parent/guardian or sponsoring adult when not climbing.
Located at the east entry to Dixon Recreation Center, the Adventure Leadership Institute™ includes outdoor equipment rental; maps; river and snow reports; and the bike, ski, and snowboard shop.
Equipment rental is available to all RecSports students and members. We offer equipment for a number of activities, including backpacking, ice climbing, mountaineering, rafting, rock climbing, bouldering and more.
Gear rental is available for both personal and class use. RecSports students and members have full access to rental equipment. Select items are made available to the OSU community as well.
Stop by the ALI™ desk with any questions on rental or gear availability.
Parking note: Some rental equipment requires curbside pick up. During baseball season, parking outside of the Adventure Leadership Institute is limited for home games. We encourage you to reference the Oregon State baseball schedule when deciding on when to stop by for pick up.
Our bike, ski and snowboard shop offers maintenance options and has several items for sale. Hours of operation are Noon - 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. The bike, ski and snowboard shop is closed on weekends over the summer.
Bike technician hours are as follows:
Monday: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: No availability
Sunday: No availability
Those in need of a basic tune up, full tune or complete tune can have their bike serviced at Dixon Recreation Center. Accordingly, the bike shop offers flat tire repair, brake adjustments, gear adjustments and wheel truing.
Ski and snowboard service options include new ski tune, quick tune, quick tune plus and full tune.
You can view a list of our bike, ski and snowboard shop maintenance and sale item prices, as well as a list of rentable equipment see the Adventure Schedule.
Interested in participating in our Bike Loan Program? The Oregon State Bike Loan Program is a collaborative effort between the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative, OSU Sustainability Office and the OSU Recreational Sports Department. The program provides OSU students, faculty and staff access to low-cost bike rentals.
Please fill out the Bike Loan Request Form here.
Located at 30th and Jefferson, this field is used for Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs practices and games. It is a grass field that is open to students for use any time depending upon Sport Clubs usage and safety issues depending upon weather and conditions. Please respect signage on the fields for closures.
Located on 26th and Intramural Way, this outdoor park setting hosts three lit turf fields, a 1/3 mile track, ten-court tennis complex, a basketball court, and a pavilion. Fields are used for a variety of purposes some of which include drop-in recreation, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, and PAC classes. An OSU ID is required for use of the fields unless rented through RecSports rentals and reservations.