Climbing at Oso is just Better.

There’s always something new to climb. Anyone can have fun.

Climbing designed for you.

There’s always something new to climb at Oso, with fun and approachable climbing for all skill levels. New to the sport? We’re here to help with small group instruction, informal Meet-up groups, and one-on-one training.

No matter what your skill level is, we have a unique and fun route for you. We thrive on variety and update our routes every day.

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What to Expect

Oso Member Check In

First, get a Visitor Pass and grab your gear

All that’s required to get started climbing is a pair of climbing shoes and some comfortable attire. While we recommend your own climbing shoes – they’ll fit better and improve your performance – we have rental shoes available for you that are included with your Visitor Pass or Membership at no extra charge.

Next, a quick orientation

Our helpful staff is here to support you every step of the way. We’ll make sure you learn everything there is to know about climbing safety, etiquette, and basic techniques. Don’t worry, we won’t just leave you hanging!

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Oso Climbing Man

Now you’re ready for the wall

We can get you in starting position, offer helpful tips while you find your way up the route for the first time and guide you across the finish line (back down to soft, supportive padding). Remember, falling is fun here so enjoy the challenge of trying something new!

Want something more formal? There’s a class for that.

We’ve designed classes and meet-ups to help you improve no matter what level you’re at. From Beginners Guide to Climbing to Climbing Foundations where there’s a different focus each week, we’ll give you the tools to become a well-rounded and versatile climber. You can also meet new friends at one of our weekly climbing meet-ups like the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, or color-graded climbs!

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The Benefits: There’s a lot to fall in love with about climbing

  • Increase strength and power: Climbing regularly is a full-body workout that’ll improve your muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and balance.
  • Burn calories so you can eat more: You’ll break a sweat on the wall… and when you use more energy, you get to eat more. So go ahead, treat yourself.
  • Opportunity to get outside: Training in the gym prepares you to take on the great outdoors (if you so choose) and explore the world we live in.
  • Healthier lifestyle: Climbing and improving general fitness has holistic benefits that make living a healthier easier to maintain.
  • Improve focus and concentration: Successfully getting up the wall takes focus – climbing regularly will improve your focus and concentration, which carries beyond the wall.
  • Improve problem-solving skills: There’s more than one way to get up the wall. Getting to the top will hone your problem-solving and creativity along the way!
  • Social benefits of working out together: Training together helps build accountability and increases the chances of making and sticking with your workout routines.
  • Growth you social circle: Climbing is an inherently social sport. When we get on the wall, the gym is beyond you rooting you on, and we’re sure you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.
  • It’s just fun: Climbing is the most fun sport in the world – unlike other forms of fitness, it feels more like play than like work, but with all the great benefits of getting healthier and stronger.

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First time? All members and guests are required to complete a Visitor Agreement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Sure – feel free to just drop in and we can get you set up to have a great experience. We do encourage you to wear athletic apparel if you wish to participate (we’re a gym, after all) and it’s always faster when you fill out your Visitor Agreement prior to arriving.

Bouldering is the simplest form of rock climbing – it’s just you and the wall (and a bunch of soft padding beneath you).

It consists of climbing short but challenging “problems” that focus less on your endurance and more on your technique and power. Bouldering walls are generally around 13-16ft feet tall, so you won’t need a rope or harness. Proper falling technique and a padded landing zone provide safety (though we encourage you to downclimb). You can go at it alone but we recommend climbing with friends.

When you arrive at Oso, please feel free to walk up to reception area desk and one of our staff members will be able to assist you. During your first visit we’ll help you sign the Visitor Agreement, give you a tour of the gym, explain climbing safety, etiquette and basic techniques, and set you up with gear you may borrow during your visit.

Oso staff members are always ready to provide advice and assistance. If you have any questions or would like some help before your visit, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at [email protected] or (844) OSO-GYMS.

Not much. During your first visit, an Oso team member will teach you everything you need to know to get to know the gym, our rules, and get you climbing. No matter what your skill level is, we have a unique and fun route for you. We thrive on variety and update our routes every day.

As far as apparel is concerned, make sure to wear something that’s comfortable to sweat in (there’s a lot of great athletic apparel out there).

As far as gear is concerned, all you need is a pair of climbing shoes, though we recommend a chalk bag (with chalk ball) or liquid chalk to help remove moisture from your hands and improve your grip. If you don’t have these items, no problem – all of these items are available for rent or purchase at the gym.

Yes, we offer a range of climbing classes for all skill levels as well as private classes. Feel free to sign up for these classes through our mobile application, or by asking a friendly staff member. Outside of classes, we have a highly skilled staff that can give you pointers on your climbing technique.

We also offer fitness and yoga classes and private training sessions.

No – Oso is a bouldering gym so no partner is needed. Though we recommend a spotter, so feel free to bring a friend (or tons of friends).

Absolutely – we encourage it. Members have unlimited Member-Guest Passes that can be used with their visitors who accompany them to the gym. Please note that Member Guest passes cannot be used without the associated member present, and non-members are limited from accessing Oso more than 5 times each calendar year as a non-member guest.

Definitely! We require that all children under the age of 16 be actively supervised by a parent or legal guardian during their visit. Though children of all ages can climb at Oso, we typically see that children 10+ years of age and older have the best experiences.

In climbing, the difficulty of a climb (known as a “problem”) is called its “grade”. Grades are a numerical representation of how easy or hard a climb is. In bouldering, grades operate on the V-Scale with lower numbers, such as V0 or V1, being easier and higher numbers, such as V8 or V10, being harder.

To make things easier, inside the gym we indicate sets of grades by the color of the climbing holds. These ranges overlap somewhat, so don’t shy away from trying colors that are both easier and harder than your usual level – that’s how you get better and learn new skills.

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Oso’s problem grading system

The beginning of a climb is indicated by a set of two Start tags that coordinate to the color of the holds on each climb. Sometimes these tags are separated, meaning the climb starts with your hands on separate climbing holds. On other climbs, the Start Tags are mounted on top of each other, indicating that your hands start on the same hold. The Start Tags will always be closest to the holds that are intended to be the beginning of a route.

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Start Tags that you’ll see throughout the gym

Typically, climbs end with both hands grabbing onto the top edge of the wall. Occasionally, the end of a route is marked with a black “Finish Tag” near the last hold- you’ll see these often on easier climbs since they end at a lower height. To complete your boulder, you should aim to control the finishing hold with two hands prior to descending from the wall.

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Finish Tags that indicate you’ve completed a climb

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