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Since 1966, the Outdoor Program has been helping Portland State students access and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you want a day of exploration and adventure or to learn a new outdoor skill, come join the ODP in exploring the wild side of Oregon.


505 SW Harrison Street 
Portland, Oregon 97201
(Corner of SW 5th and Harrison)


Hours : M-F | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Phone : 503.725.5668
Email :

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Closures

Wednesday, November 11: Closed for Veterans Day

Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27: Closed for Thanksgiving

Monday, December 14 - Friday, January 1: Closed for Winter Break

Equipment Rental Center

Need gear to get outside? We've got it ready for you at prices you can afford.  Take advantage of your student fees and come down to the Outdoor Program Equipment Center and get just the right gear for your own adventure.

Camping and Backpacking | Climbing and Mountaineering | Skiing and Snowshoes | Raft Packages & Accessories | Kayak/SUP Packages & Accessories | Water Sports Clothing

ODP trip participants paddle in a boat.Equipment rental price sheet

Accessible Equipment Rental Price Sheet

Rental Policies

Gear rental specials: Visit page 10 of our program schedule (PDF) for upcoming gear rental specials. 

Climbing Center

The Climbing Center wall is a Nicros traversing, bouldering and climbing wall. The wall is 32 feet high and bouldering is allowed up to 14 feet. The floor surface is a Surface America PlayBound Surface, which is made of 100% post-consumer recycled tire rubber. The Climbing Center is open for bouldering during all building hours. Use of the ropes is allowed during staffed hours only.


A member climbs our climbing wall.Bouldering is climbing without ropes. We offer fourteen feet of bouldering along the entire length of our wall and the wall is open for bouldering during all open Rec Center hours.

In order to boulder:

  • See Member Services to watch the Climbing orientation video or watch it on YouTube.
  • Pass the climbing quiz, taken at Member Services
  • Use your PSU photo ID or government-issued ID to check out a climbing wristband and any other climbing gear from Equipment Checkout.
  • Return your wristband and gear to Equipment Checkout when you are finished climbing. Equipment rentals are FREE.

Every time you decide to climb:

Please check out a Bouldering wristband, available at the Equipment Checkout Window. Shoes are also available to check out for free.


Top-RopingA pair of hands tie a rope at the climbing wall.

Top-roping is a style in climbing which utilizes a harness and a rope as well as a climbing partner to manage the rope. While on a rope, climbers can reach the very top of our wall. Top-rope is only allowed during staffed hours.

How to top-rope?

We have many different classes to suit all skill levels. View our scheduled classes and activities.

Belay Class

Belaying is the act of managing the rope while a climber is climbing. Belaying is an essential component of safe climbing practices, and learning how to belay correctly opens many doors for the recreational climber.

Participants will learn how to belay their climber, give proper commands as both a climber and a belayer, lower their climber, and get to climb to the top of the wall. After completing the class and successfully challenging the belay test at least 24 hours later, participants will be able to belay others on the ropes during staffed hours.

Classes cost $5. Register at Member Services. View our Schedules & Events page for dates and times

How to belay?

  • You may ask a Climbing Instructor to belay you. Check out a harness from the Equipment Checkout Window.
  • In order to become belay certified in our gym, you must pass a belay test administered by a Climbing Instructor during staffed hours. We do not accept belay certifications from other climbing gyms. If you do not know how to belay, we offer belay classes once a week for only $5.00.
  • After you are belay certified you may belay other climbers during staffed hours. You may check out a belay device from a Climbing Instructor.
  • You may use your own harness ONLY if said harness is inspected and approved by Climbing Center staff.
  • You are NOT allowed to do any top-roping during times when there are not Climbing Center staff on duty. This includes people who are belay certified.

If you have further questions, email Melecio Estrella: or for general Outdoor Program questions, email


For accommodations please contact Jen Armbruster at 503-725-2927 or