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.
Dixon Climbing Center - 42.5ft tall
- universally accessible rappel station
- top-rope climbing
- bouldering cave
- hang boards
- cracks, aretes, and overhangs
McAlexander Climbing Center - 43ft tall
- instructional deck
- top-rope climbing
- 60 linear ft bouldering wall
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.
Family Climb Time
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.
Lead Climbing Times
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)
Term Climbing Pass Membership
RecSports offers term climbing passes for sale to the general public. Head over to our Pricing and Payment page for more information.
SPECIAL SERVICES & EVENTS
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.
POLICIES & GUIDELINES
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.