The RecSports Climbing Centers offer something fun for all levels of experience and are open to the general public. For facility rentals see RecSports rentals and reservations or contact the Adventure Leadership Institute™ Office Specialist.

There are two climbing walls managed through RecSports. One is located inside the East Entry of Dixon Recreation Center. The other climbing wall is located inside McAlexander Fieldhouse.

Dixon Recreation Center & McAlexander Fieldhouse Hours

Maps of Dixon Recreation Center & McAlexander Fieldhouse

Dixon Climbing Center - 42.5ft tall
  • universally accessible rappel station
  • top-rope climbing
  • bouldering cave
  • hang boards
  • cracks, aretes, and overhangs
McAlexander Climbing Center - 43ft tall
  • instructional deck
  • top-rope climbing
  • 60 linear ft bouldering wall

Climbing Center

 BELAY SKILLS CHECKS (Required Annually)  

This 90-minute class introduces you to the climbing center and teaches you belay skills. Sessions are for up to six participants – first come; first served.

Classes are offered twice daily, see the Adventure Schedule for times.


All necessary equipment is provided for free check out to participants, including harness, ropes, belay devices and carabiners. We offer climbing shoe rentals.

We also sell chalk balls at the Adventure Leadership Institute Desk.



Family Climb Time

Click here for youth access guidelines and times.

Open Bouldering

Bouldering is available in the Climbing Center whenever the building is open and there are not scheduled programs. Find the facility schedule for McAlexander Climbing Center and Dixon Climbing Center through our WebTrac database by signing in as yourself or a guest and then clicking on "facility calendar".  

To Boulder, participants need a Bouldering Waiver (pdf) on file.

Lead Climbing Times

Climbers who have passed the Lead Climbing Certification class are allowed to lead at the supervisor’s discretion whenever the gym is open. Prerequisites: Gym lead climb certified. Lead Climbing Waiver (pdf)


Term Climbing Pass Membership

RecSports offers term climbing passes for sale to the general public. Please enquire at Dixon East Entry Desk.



Vertical Festival

Corvallis’ only indoor climbing competition!

Sign up for Vert Fest here. (Click the add to cart button and login).

Vert Fest occurs every third weekend in February. The event is loaded with a variety of options for every climbing enthusiast.  There will be industry booths/demos, clinics, and a bouldering competition.


Please refer to Recreational Sports Youth Access Guidelines for information about access and eligibility for climbing.

Note: Those under 18 need a parent/guardian to sign a youth waiver (pdf) on a yearly basis to use the Climbing Center.