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 on July 1st at 8pm due to Red, White, and Boom. July 4th we are closed in observance of Independence Day. 

#independenceday #columbusohio #vaohio #climbinggym

🇺🇸🎇We will be closing early on July 1st at 8pm due to Red, White, and Boom. July 4th we are closed in observance of Independence Day.

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

#vaohio #ohioclimbs #matinee #climbinggym #navigatecolumbus

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

#vaohio #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: Rob (They/Him) @robn194

My mom ended up passing about three years ago... About four months after, I took a trip to Banff, Canada. While I was there, I went to a bar and met this couple. I told them about the journey I went on with my mom and how she ended up passing away in the end. They said, “We really feel for you. We are both certified rock climbers. Can we take you out climbing?” I jumped at the chance to try climbing with them. I went outdoor rock climbing for the first time with them in Banff, Canada, and just got hooked. I came back to Columbus where I was working at The James at the time and started looking for climbing partners. Later that week I went to @vaohio with a coworker and have been climbing ever since. Starting @queerclimbingcolumbus is pretty unique. Right away we got a large number of followers on our social media. Around 50 climbers from all over Ohio came to our first climbing session. That shouted to us that a community like this was really needed. Having meet-ups at the gym and providing safe spaces expands one's feeling of belonging which enables them to explore themselves and ideas in more authentic ways. This community has allowed me to be myself safely around others without the worry of feeling judged or being looked at as the ‘odd one out.’ Coming to a place that has an established event like QCC really aids with new connections. We have a unique opportunity to grow. We have the ability to guide new queer climbers and allies. For all of our allies, I really stress the importance of empathy and to not give unsolicited input about someone else’s identity. When someone is exploring or questioning their identity they are in pretty vulnerable states and they just need someone to hear them. Put yourself in somebody else's shoes and see it from their perspective more so than give advice. One more thing that excites me about QCC is that it can be adopted nationwide easily. I’m happy that we are trailblazing and setting examples for other gyms, but also very excited to see how our concept can expand into other states. 

#vaohio #climbingby5life #pride #queerclimbingcolumbus

Climber Spotlight: Rob (They/Him) @robn194

My mom ended up passing about three years ago... About four months after, I took a trip to Banff, Canada. While I was there, I went to a bar and met this couple. I told them about the journey I went on with my mom and how she ended up passing away in the end. They said, “We really feel for you. We are both certified rock climbers. Can we take you out climbing?” I jumped at the chance to try climbing with them. I went outdoor rock climbing for the first time with them in Banff, Canada, and just got hooked. I came back to Columbus where I was working at The James at the time and started looking for climbing partners. Later that week I went to @vaohio with a coworker and have been climbing ever since. Starting @queerclimbingcolumbus is pretty unique. Right away we got a large number of followers on our social media. Around 50 climbers from all over Ohio came to our first climbing session. That shouted to us that a community like this was really needed. Having meet-ups at the gym and providing safe spaces expands one's feeling of belonging which enables them to explore themselves and ideas in more authentic ways. This community has allowed me to be myself safely around others without the worry of feeling judged or being looked at as the ‘odd one out.’ Coming to a place that has an established event like QCC really aids with new connections. We have a unique opportunity to grow. We have the ability to guide new queer climbers and allies. For all of our allies, I really stress the importance of empathy and to not give unsolicited input about someone else’s identity. When someone is exploring or questioning their identity they are in pretty vulnerable states and they just need someone to hear them. Put yourself in somebody else's shoes and see it from their perspective more so than give advice. One more thing that excites me about QCC is that it can be adopted nationwide easily. I’m happy that we are trailblazing and setting examples for other gyms, but also very excited to see how our concept can expand into other states.

#vaohio #climbingby5life #pride #queerclimbingcolumbus
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😎$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

😎$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
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☀️😍 $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. 
 
#vaohio #climbingby5life #climbingwithbenefits #summersale #climbinggym

☀️😍 $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.

#vaohio #climbingby5life #climbingwithbenefits #summersale #climbinggym
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💪Member Clinic 💪 Learn how to overcome the fear of falling in this member clinic. We will discuss all aspects of the climbing system to build confidence in our gear, go over the physics of falling, and apply logic to falling scenarios to overcome some of the more irrational fears that can keep us from committing on the wall. We will demo falls on lead and invite members to expand their comfort zone by taking falls of their own. Link in bio.

Where: Vertical Adventures

When: June 21st, 6PM

Cost: Free

💪Member Clinic 💪 Learn how to overcome the fear of falling in this member clinic. We will discuss all aspects of the climbing system to build confidence in our gear, go over the physics of falling, and apply logic to falling scenarios to overcome some of the more irrational fears that can keep us from committing on the wall. We will demo falls on lead and invite members to expand their comfort zone by taking falls of their own. Link in bio.

Where: Vertical Adventures

When: June 21st, 6PM

Cost: Free
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