Rock Climbing

Contact our Department

  • Recreation Department 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. 
  • Dayton, Ohio 45459 
  • Phone: (937) 433-0130 

Climbing Wall

Now It's Simpler to Climb our Wall

Climbing Waiver
Class Offerings
Orientation Information
Policies & Procedures
Rental Waiver form

We now offer times when certification isn't required to climb our 24-foot high wall. Bring the family to enjoy a night out of the house. Grab some buddies and take your friendship to a new level. Whatever your age, athletic ability or fitness level, the wall is fun for everyone! During these times a belayer will be on hand to facilitate your climb. Cost: $5. Certification is not required on these dates:

                             Open Climb

Mondays 6:30-8 pm
Certification is Not Needed

 $5 youth/senior resident - $6 youth/senior non-resident
$6 adult resident; $8 adult non-resident

It All Adds Up to Fun!

24-feet tall | 36 feet wide | 864-square feet | 7 skill levels
7 vertical courses & ropes | Dozens of hand & foot holds
A wide variety of challenging routes for beginning & skilled climbers

Who Can Climb?

All participants must be at least 4 years of age for climbing wall activities.

Many Ways to Enjoy the Climbing Wall

Open Climbs (Ages 4 and older)

The climbing wall is open for all certified climbers throughout the week (see schedule). Each climber and belayer must be certified in order to use the wall during these times. If you aren't already certified see the Orientation section below to see what is involved. An instructor is always present to ensure the safety of climbers and provide assistance. When available, instructors can belay. Check the schedule for fees and times. Orientations will be given the first Saturday of every month or by appointment. To register, contact the front desk at 433-0130.

Birthday Party or Group Rentals (Ages 7 and older)

For large and small groups that wish to have sole use of the climbing wall and want to maximize climbing time, wall rentals are a very affordable way to have a fun and unique experience. The climbing wall can be rented as a 2 hour birthday party (1 hour on the wall, 1 hour party in the atrium next to the wall) or in half hour increments. An instructor is present during each rental to belay and ensure the safety of each climber. Contact us to reserve your rental today.

Rental Fee:

Group Rentals: $20/half hour for up to 10 climbers ($5/additional climber)
Birthday Rentals: $120/10 climbers for 2 hours ($5/additional climber)
$10/each additional belayer (each group of 10 climbers must have its own belayer)

Rentals available on Friday evenings, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoons.

Call 433-0130 to book your rental.


  • Orientation is required before climbing/belaying and is done on a first come first serve basis during open climb times (see schedule).
  • Complete and submit an orientation form (located at the RecPlex Reception Desk) at time of payment. Climbers and belayers under 18 must have a signed parent/guardian permission.
  • Competency in all of the following must be displayed (without assistance) in order to obtain and maintain climber/belayer certification:
    • Correctly putting on the harness.
    • Tying the figure 8, traceback and fisherman's knot. o Inspection of belayer/climber equipment.
    • Use of proper wall commands.
    • Climb and descend wall. (Required for climbing certification only.)
    • Assemble belay devices. (Required for belay certification only.)
    • Belay climber in a safe controlled manner including falls and descent. (Required for belay certification only.)
  • Upon successful completion of the orientation, a Climb Only, Belay Only or Climb/Belay certification card will be issued for 3 years. After 3 years, re-certification will be required.

Orientation Fees

Complete Pass Holders - $8

Residents - $8

Non Residents - $10

Helpful Information

  • We strongly recommend that climbers bring a certified belayer as climbing wall staff will not always be available to belay.
  • Bring and present to the climbing wall staff your climbing card each time you climb along with a current Complete Pass, Active 90, Physical Express Card, or receipt showing payment from the Front Desk.
  • Orientations have first priority during open climb times. Each orientation takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete (times vary by individual).
  • Persons taking the belay orientation must have an accompanying climber in order to demonstrate belay skills.
  • Instruction classes and wall rentals are available.