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Introduction to Rock Climbing Class

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Learn to Rock Climb!

Rock Climbing is a sport that works all of you: mind and body. It's a combination of great strength training, a burning core workout, precise gymnastic movement, and a challenging mental exercise to figure out your next move on the Wall.  OA's indoor Climbing Wall is a fantastic place to get started in this sport. 

Belay Classes


Learning to belay is an important climbing skill. OA offers free belay classes. 

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.

  • Monday from 3:30 - 4:30 PM through October 3
  • Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 PM through October 4
  • After October 4 classes are offered as needed during Open Wall hours


The Math of Rock Climbing

What's it like to fall 40 feet down a sheer cliff face, while dangling from a rope hundreds of feet from the ground? Emory mathematician Skip Garibaldi describes his rock climbing experiences on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He also explains some basic climbing math, such as the fall factor, used to reduce the risk of injury during a rope climb.

AI Nights at the Climbing Wall


Thursday Night Rocks! Free Late Night Climbing supported by the Alcohol Initiative

10:30pm- Midnight

No previous experience is required and OA provides the gear, music, snacks and fun! Limited to students with PU ID. 

Location: OA's Climbing Wall in the southeast corner of Football Stadium (second level). Thursday night climbing is funded by the Trustee Alcohol Initiative Fund promoting non-alcoholic social activities on campus.