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  • The climbing wall in the Tom W. Davis Climbing Center The climbing wall in the Tom W. Davis Climbing Center

Tom W. Davis Climbing Center

The Tom W. Davis Climbing Center features two state-of-the-art climbing walls, providing challenges and fun for beginning and experienced climbers alike. Together, the Nicros Art Wall and the West Coast Wall offer more than 50 different routes for you to test your mettle. The 4,000 square feet of climbing space has 25 top-rope routes, eight lead routes, overhangs, cracks, jugs, arêtes, dihedrals, crack climbing, a roof and a bouldering cave.

All climbing is on a drop-in basis. Guest passes are available for non-members. 

Arrangements can be made for special programming. An organization may be able to reserve the climbing center for special events. Please call the climbing center at 614-247-8680 for more information or view space reservation information.

Top Rope Belay Clinics are available by request only during the summer. Classes may last up to an hour and a half, and there is a three-person minimum per clinic. Contact 614-247-8680 for more information.

Common Questions

Who can use the climbing center?
The climbing center is open to any Ohio State student member 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 a 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 NOT permitted to use their own belay device.

Is there any training or skills required to climb?
No prior training is required to climb. Climbing center employees are available to belay.

Can I belay other climbers?
Participants with belay experience may only belay another climber if they are OAC belay qualified. The qualification test is $7. The OAC also provides classes to learn how to belay; these cost $15, which includes the cost of qualification.