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OA Climbing Wall Open Hours

Wall_Staff_Shirt.jpgThe Outdoor Action top rope climbing room is 32 feet high and 66 feet across with 14 belay stations. It incorporates the latest in climbing wall technology with both vertical and overhanging sections as well as a roof and three artificial cracks. Climbers of all abilities are welcome. Experienced instructors will be on hand to teach skills and assist in solving particular climbing routes. OA will provide harness and climbing shoes.The Climbing Wall is open throughout the academic year except during breaks, reading period and final exams.

Climbing is FREE for Princeton University students, faculty and staff. Never Climbed Before? No experience necessary! We'll teach you!


Climbing Wall Location

Climbing Wall Fall Semester Hours

The Climbing Wall will be open starting Monday, September 19:

  • Monday & Fridays from 4:30 - 6:30 PM
  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Only members of the University community are allowed to climb. PU ID required. The Wall is not open to the public.

Learn to Belay Classes - FREE

You must take a Belay Class and pass the Belay Test in order to belay at the OA Climbing Wall.

  • During Open Wall Hours

Bouldering Competition - Saturday 10/15 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM FREE

The OA Climbing Wall will be hosting a Bouldering Competition! Bouldering is a style of rock climbing done (no ropes required) on very short climbs close to the ground.  A bouldering problem is a specific climbing route that only goes about 10 feet up. We'll have a range of difficulty from beginner to advanced and there are different are point values associated with each climb. Build up points by adding more climbs and score in different categories: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels with IM participation points given to all IM team members. This comp is open to everyone, whether you have any experience or are new to bouldering! All equipment provided by OA. Sign up on TripStore.

Lead Climbing Indoors 201 Class - Saturday 10/22 and Sunday 10/23

Learning to Lead Climb Indoors is a great next step in building your climbing skills and prepare you for Sport Lead Climbing outside. This course will teach you the proper techniques for lead belaying and lead climbing indoors. Hours are Saturday 10/22 11:30 AM  - 1:30 PM and Sunday, 10/23 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Sign up on TripStore.

The class will focus on:

  • Belaying: how to spot, belay, and catch a lead climber
  • Leading: how to climb the sharp end of the rope with maximal safety
  • Clipping: how to avoid back clipping and Z-clipping
  • Positioning: how to clip efficiently in a variety of positions
  • Falling: how to position yourself to fall in the safest manner

What's Indoor Climbing All About?



Rock Climbing Resources Bouldering

Local Climbing Areas

  • Ralph Stover State Park, PA
  • Allamuchy State Park, NJ
  • Delaware Water Gap, NJ & PA
  • The Gunks, NY