Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Open Climbing

The Tom W. Davis Climbing Center features two state-of-the-art climbing walls, providing challenges and fun for beginning and experienced climbers alike. All climbing is on a drop-in basis including the main climbing wall.

Before you begin climbing, complete the climbing waiver form and watch the facility orientation video

Who can use the climbing center?
The climbing center is open to any Ohio State student taking four or more credit hours and all recreational sports members. Guests are also permitted, provided a member accompanies them.

Does it cost anything?
Use of the climbing center is free to students and members. Guests must pay $10 per day.

What kind of equipment do I need?
The climbing center provides climbing shoes and a harness at no charge; however, if you have your own equipment, you are permitted to use it after an examination by the climbing center staff. Climbers are permitted to use their own belay device after an examination by a staff member.

Is there any training or skill set required to climb?
No prior training is required to climb.

Can I belay other climbers?
Participants are encouraged to become belay certified, which allows you to belay fellow climbers at the OAC.  If you are beginner, you should take our 2 hour belay clinic, offered several times each week.  For clinic times and to register, please click here.  For those with prior climbing/belay experience, you may challenge our belay test to become belay certified.  The belay test is a practical exam.  Major deficiencies while taking the belay test may necessitate taking the course again.

When is the Tom W. Davis Climbing Center open?
Please visit the Rec Sports homepage and look for the gray hours grid on the top right.

What is the process for bringing in a child that is not my own during family hours?

Every child has to have a completed waiver signed by their parent. You can print out the form and have it signed by the child’s parent, have a witness sign it, and bring it in to our facility. Without this form completed children cannot climb in the gym.

Reserve Our Space
Arrangements can be made for special programming. An organization may be able to reserve the climbing center for special events. Please complete the space reservation forms or call the climbing center at (614) 247-8680 for more information.

More questions about climbing at the OAC? 
Check out these videos on general wall orientation and frequently asked questions.