Commitment to Access.

Tiered Membership

Discreet low-and-no cost Oso memberships based on financial need. Because where you are today should not determine where you’re going.

Oso Climbing Gym Membership

Everyone should have the opportunity to find joy in climbing and fitness.

We’re committed to improving community access to our facilities and understand that we all benefit from the opportunity to climb and train together. That’s where our Tiered Oso Membership Pricing comes in.

These are discreet, low-to-no cost memberships for those who are unable to afford our Standard Oso Membership pricing. Prospective Members are invited to choose the price that’s right for them, anchored in the economic realities of their unique situations.

How it works

Tiered Membership

First, be honest if this program is right for you. We trust you.

For Tiered Oso Memberships, we’re never going to ask you for a paystub or proof of financial need – we don’t think that’s reasonable or necessary because we trust you.

We do ask that you consider your financial situation and be mindful of others who might need a bit more help accessing our facility. Standard membership pricing helps make this program possible, and we’ll improve access as we grow our membership.

Ideas to consider if Tiered Oso Membership pricing is right for you…

While there aren’t hard rules, there are some suggestions below on how to think about paying. You might consider Tiered Membership if you…

+ Are not always able to meet basic needs
+ Rarely travel recreationally
+ Rarely buy new items
+ Are supporting children, elders or other dependents on a single income
+ Have substantial medical expenses not covered by insurance

Everyone’s situation is different, and given the limited number of these memberships available, we ask you’re considerate of yourself and others when deciding if this is right for you.

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If Tiered Oso Membership pricing is right for you, fill out the form below.

We will contact you directly to discuss Tiered Membership pricing for Oso Membership which includes access to our full gym and all of our small-group fitness classes.

Once you complete your form, hang tight. A member of our staff will reach out to you to complete your membership enrollment on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Submitting a request for Tiered Oso Membership below does not guarantee a membership. We’ll do our best to make as many of these memberships available as possible, and you may be added to a waitlist. This program is supported by those paying Standard Oso Membership pricing and as we grow our member base, more Tiered Memberships become available.

Request Membership

To complete your Tiered Membership request, please complete this Application Form and we’ll reach out to you shortly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Here are some of the most common ones we hear!

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.

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.

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.