Climbing Community

Learn a new skill or connect to a community event by visiting our Gym Calendar. See below for a list of local and national climbing organizations and community groups who can help take your climbing to new heights.

Climbing is for everyone. We are offering specially designated days to encourage connection and diversity as well as making climbing more accessible. $9 day passes with rental gear included for individuals who identify on applicable community rock climbing days.

man starting to boulder

Queer Climbing Columbus is a community-run group of LGBTQIA+ climbers in Columbus. We have weekly events at 5.Life climbing gyms. Climbers who identify receive discounted day passes. Come find your community and strength with us. Visit our Instagram page for upcoming events and details.

qcc event at a climbing gym

The Access Fund is a nonprofit advocacy organization that leads and inspires the climbing community toward sustainable access and conservation of the climbing environment.

photo of woman climbing with access fund logo

Our goal is to promote and protect Ohio’s climbing for generations to come. The OCC has a robust, active membership base who, together, form a grassroots network that not only increases climbers’ influence on local policy issues, but acts as a channel for extending climbing advocacy and stewardship work.


NRAC exists to preserve and promote access to climbing areas, and to conserve climbing resources in the New River Gorge and surrounding areas. The New River Gorge is an international destination and world-class climbing area with thousands of traditional and sport climbs, and a rapidly expanding selection of equally world-class bouldering areas. Learn how you can preserve and protect one of America’s great climbing areas.

RRGCC is dedicated to securing and protecting open, public access to rock climbing in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky and promoting conservation of the environment on the lands where we climb.

AAC’s goal is to share and support our passion for climbing and respect for the places we climb. We’re climbers. Gym climbers and trad climbers. Sport climbers and mountaineers. Boulderers, backcountry skiers, and alpinists. We’re the largest community of rock-scaling misfits in the country—and you belong here.


🇺🇸We will be closed July 1st for Red, White, and Boom. We are also closed July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy the festivities and have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!

#independence #blocgarten #columbusohio #redwhiteandboom

🌙Member Late Night Climb🌙 Stay late at the gym to get your climbs in Saturday, June 25th 6pm-8pm.

#blocgarten #columbusohio #climbinggym #ohioclimbs #climbingwithbenefits

✊Happy Juneteenth ✊

#juneteenth #vaohio #climbnittany #climbchambers #blocgarten #climbingby5life

Climber Spotlight: Paige (She/Her)

I started climbing as the pandemic was ending, but that's never actually happened. I had a friend who was going to take a class and they were looking for someone to take it with them. I've never been a super athletic person before or really someone who does a lot of physical things but for some reason climbing just felt so good in my body. I had been working from home for the basically two years, and I was just really lonely I had been home alone in front of my computer for like 80 hours a week because I was working full time and going to school... It was draining. Then instantly, I got a great community here. I can come and get a good workout, but I can also chat it up with lots of people and I meet new people all the time. I've grown a lot since climbing because it's forced me to kind of get out of my comfort zone. I grew up in a very rural area of Ohio. I grew up conservative and religious. After going to college, being exposed to other people and viewpoints, I realized that wasn’t me anymore. At the same time, I was coming to terms with my own sexuality and realizing that I am not straight, that I am very much queer which led to me being more involved in the LGBTQ community. Seeing so many people show up for our first Queer Climbing Columbus event...I mean it’s absolutely incredible. It made me tear up a little bit... Seeing everyone especially... getting a group picture...being in a space where people can feel safe means a lot to me. At 5.Life we really talk about how important community is, and I think...This right here is why. We're making opportunities for us to come together and grow community. Diversifying the Community is going to be beneficial to everyone. You know, having different people with different outlooks and different views and different life experiences anytime you can have more of that, I think it's always going to be a good thing.

#blocgarten #pride #columbusohio #climbinggym #climbingisforeveryone

Take your climbing to mock 10 with the Maverick problem! Come check out the new set. Tag us in your tries and sends.

Also if you saw our @climbchambers beta video @balsama.joe knows too 😁

🧗 @balsama.joe
🪛 @balsama.joe
🎥 @gburghes

Brought to you by @trangoholds @workingclassclimbing @rockcandyholds @teknikhandholds @walltopia @flathold

#blocgarten #topgunmaverick #climbinggym #ohioclimbs #settersofinstagram

😍Parents Night Out😍 Let your kids climb our walls and give yourself a summer evening on a patio. Friday, June 24th from 6pm-9pm. Book your parents night out today! Link in bio.

Cost: $22/night for 1st participant, $11/night for each additional sibling *sibling is a brother or sister

Ages: 6+

Includes: Climbing, Basic instruction, Activities, Refreshments, equipment under the supervision of Bloc Garten Instructors.

#parentsnightout #columbusmoms #navigatecolumbus #blocgarten #kidswhoclimb

Due to power outages we are closed Wednesday 6/15. Stay tuned for updates about the next couples days.

#blocgarten #poweroutages #columbusohio

😎$14 day passes for dads and a brew after the climbing sesh, who's in? Come celebrate father's day with us at the climbing gym, June, 19th!

In case you forgot to get a gift, DON'T PANIC! Climbing shoes are 25% off this month. 😍

#fathersday #vaohio #climbchambers #blocgarten #ohioclimbs

To flag or to bring the hips to the wall? 🧐 Come climb the new set! Share your sends and tries with us.

🧗 @caleb_hoover_1
🪛 @quinnstaslam
🎥 @gburghes

Brought to you by @teknikhandholds @walltopia

#settersofinstagram #betavideo #blocgarten #climbinggym #ohioclimbs

☀️😍 $150 Summer Membership Sale☀️😍 Mix up your summer routine with our unlimited climbing membership. Only one week left to take advantage of this summer deal😱 Adventures abound for your friends and family. Buy a Summer Membership today! Offer ends June 15th. Link in bio.

*Restrictions for offer eligibility apply. Offer only valid to new members or prior memberships terminated before April 30th.

#blocgarten #ohioclimbs #climbingby5life #climbingwithbenefits #summersale #climbinggym


614 929-6277
512 Maier Place
Columbus, OH 43215

Stay Connected


Monday Closed
Tuesday - Friday  3 PM - 10 PM
Saturday - Sunday 9 AM - 6 PM