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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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 closing early July 1st at 8pm due to Red, White, and Boom. July 4th we will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

#independanceday #climbchambers #redwhiteandboom #columbusohio

🇺🇸🎆 We will be closing early July 1st at 8pm due to Red, White, and Boom. July 4th we will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

#independanceday #climbchambers #redwhiteandboom #columbusohio
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Complete the problem and respawn at the beginning to try the other path! Come climb the new set. Tag us in your tries and sends. 

🪛 @ianmulvey 
🎥 @gburghes 

Brought to you by @flathold @teknikhandholds @rockcandyholds @kiltergrips @walltopia 

#settersofinstagram #betavideo #climbchambers #climbinggym #ohioclimbs

Complete the problem and respawn at the beginning to try the other path! Come climb the new set. Tag us in your tries and sends.

🪛 @ianmulvey
🎥 @gburghes

Brought to you by @flathold @teknikhandholds @rockcandyholds @kiltergrips @walltopia

#settersofinstagram #betavideo #climbchambers #climbinggym #ohioclimbs
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😍 Don't forget about Matinee Day Passes! $12 day passes Monday-Friday, Open-3pm. 

#climbchambers #ohioclimbs #matinee #climbinggym #navigatecolumbus

😍 Don't forget about Matinee Day Passes! $12 day passes Monday-Friday, Open-3pm.

#climbchambers #ohioclimbs #matinee #climbinggym #navigatecolumbus
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✊Happy Juneteenth ✊

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

✊Happy Juneteenth ✊

#juneteenth #vaohio #climbnittany #climbchambers #blocgarten #climbingby5life
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Climber Spotlight Briden (He/Him, They/Them) 

Hi i’m a trans masc person and have been climbing since high school. There was a point I was going through my transition and I was nervous to come back to the gym because I didn't know if I would feel welcomed. But Alexis helped me change my name in the system from my birth name to my now name. It was a really nice moment. I felt accepted for who I am. I felt I'm in my own little safe space, even though there weren't a lot of other out queer people here. So I just kept climbing and hoping to meet other people and build my own community. 

I love Climbing because I'm constantly able to  be present so it's very meditative for me. 

Why do we need a group like this?Normalcy and acceptance of being able to be in a space and know that we are welcome there is a big thing. Sometimes the queer community needs to do it in a way that we are coming together to feel safe. We are constantly fighting against hate for just being visibly and out.

Have you ever been in that situation where you felt like you being just your genuine self there's a risk to your life?  When I first came out as trans about 15 or so years ago, it was so very hush-hush. 
@queerclimbingccolumbus is here to give people a space for them to feel happy and joy and hope that they can feel like they're amongst their people. That's also important, especially when so many people are trying to take away their rights. I think the understanding that everybody's existence is valuable and it's deserving. 
 
If you're not an ally and want to become an ally you need to recognize that and the simplicity of respecting everyone's pronouns. It is so easy to just respect it that you don't need to argue, you just respect it, and it can make somebody just a little bit happier. It doesn't do you any harm. To just try. But it can and will save somebody's life.

#climbchambers #pride #ohioclimbs #queerclimbingcolumbus

Climber Spotlight Briden (He/Him, They/Them)

Hi i’m a trans masc person and have been climbing since high school. There was a point I was going through my transition and I was nervous to come back to the gym because I didn't know if I would feel welcomed. But Alexis helped me change my name in the system from my birth name to my now name. It was a really nice moment. I felt accepted for who I am. I felt I'm in my own little safe space, even though there weren't a lot of other out queer people here. So I just kept climbing and hoping to meet other people and build my own community.

I love Climbing because I'm constantly able to be present so it's very meditative for me.

Why do we need a group like this?Normalcy and acceptance of being able to be in a space and know that we are welcome there is a big thing. Sometimes the queer community needs to do it in a way that we are coming together to feel safe. We are constantly fighting against hate for just being visibly and out.

Have you ever been in that situation where you felt like you being just your genuine self there's a risk to your life? When I first came out as trans about 15 or so years ago, it was so very hush-hush.
@queerclimbingccolumbus is here to give people a space for them to feel happy and joy and hope that they can feel like they're amongst their people. That's also important, especially when so many people are trying to take away their rights. I think the understanding that everybody's existence is valuable and it's deserving.

If you're not an ally and want to become an ally you need to recognize that and the simplicity of respecting everyone's pronouns. It is so easy to just respect it that you don't need to argue, you just respect it, and it can make somebody just a little bit happier. It doesn't do you any harm. To just try. But it can and will save somebody's life.

#climbchambers #pride #ohioclimbs #queerclimbingcolumbus
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Jo knows routesetting, Jo knows climbing, and Jo knows the beta! Come check out the new set. Tag us in your tries and sends. 

🧗‍♀️ @jade.ogilvie5 
🪛 @jade.ogilvie5 
🎥 @gburghes 

Brought to you by @rockcandyholds @teknikhandholds @walltopia 

#settersofinstagram #climbchambers #boknows #climbinggym #columbusohio #ohioclimbs

Jo knows routesetting, Jo knows climbing, and Jo knows the beta! Come check out the new set. Tag us in your tries and sends.

🧗‍♀️ @jade.ogilvie5
🪛 @jade.ogilvie5
🎥 @gburghes

Brought to you by @rockcandyholds @teknikhandholds @walltopia

#settersofinstagram #climbchambers #boknows #climbinggym #columbusohio #ohioclimbs
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💪Member clinic💪The Campus Board can be an intimidating training tool, demanding lots of strength and power, but it can be a good tool for intermediate climbers as well. Sign up for this member clinic to learn about how and when to start training with the campus board while avoiding injury. Sign up today! Link in bio.

When: Thursday, June 23rd

Cost: Free to members

💪Member clinic💪The Campus Board can be an intimidating training tool, demanding lots of strength and power, but it can be a good tool for intermediate climbers as well. Sign up for this member clinic to learn about how and when to start training with the campus board while avoiding injury. Sign up today! Link in bio.

When: Thursday, June 23rd

Cost: Free to members
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