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Whether you are a serious athlete or just love working up a good sweat, ODU provides facilities and events for everyone to enjoy and participate in physical activity including a two-story rock climbing wall. Pictured is a member of the SRC climb wall staff checks Donald Melton’s harness before he is allowed to climb the rock wall.

Rock Climbing Wall

  Test physical & mental strength

  No experience necessary

  All skill levels are welcome

  4700 Powhatan Ave, Norfolk, VA 23529

The indoor rock climbing wall is located inside the Student Recreation Center, near the front desk.


  • 25-foot high climbing wall designed to resemble natural rock features
  • Climbers can choose routes set by staff or climb the natural features of the wall.
  • Staff can guide climbers of all skill levels to navigate the 1,125 square feet space


For questions about the indoor rock wall, please contact Michael Willett, Assistant Director of the Outdoor Adventure Program.

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 Climbing Events & Programs


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Climbing Wall Orientation

During your first visit to the climbing wall, you will need to take an orientation clinic. This orientation will provide an overview of the climbing wall rules and policies. After completing your orientation, you are welcome to climb while being belayed by one of the climbing wall staff members.

Third Thursday Climbing Socials

Participate in a monthly themed climbing night. We'll have music, food, and special decorations at the rock wall! No experience is necessary. Bring a friend and join us for a fun time! This is a drop-in event. No registration required.

  • September 2022 - 80s Themed
  • October 2022 - Halloween Themed
  • November 2022 - Superhero Themed

CLIMB ON! Climbing Competition

Join us for ODU's annual rock climbing competition! Come out for some friendly competition, food, music, prizes, and more! No experience necessary. The Climb On competition is open to all ODU students.


  • Beginner - climbs up to 5.8
  • Intermediate - climbs 5.9-5.10
  • Advanced - climbs 5.11+
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Climb your way to awesome prizes and climbing gear! Participate in this semester-long climbing challenge by tracking your number of climbs to summit famous peaks. Rock-A-Thon is an excellent way to experience the joy of reaching a goal and improving your climbing fitness. Visit the Rock Wall in the Student Recreation Center during open hours to get started!

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