Oso climbing gyms
Oso is a 36,000+ sqft. bouldering, yoga, cardio, and fitness facility located near Uptown Dallas in the Design District. Oso offers exciting and challenging climbs for everyone from curious first-timers to experienced climbers.
How It Works
New to Oso?
Oso is more than just a climbing gym - it's a community built around pursuing your athletic passions. With exceptional climbing, fitness training, and yoga, an Oso membership gives you everything you want under one roof.
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Frequently asked questions
What is bouldering?
Bouldering is the simplest form of rock climbing. It consists of climbing short but difficult “problems” that focus less on endurance and more on 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. You can go at it alone but we recommend climbing with friends.
I'm a beginner. Where do I start?
When you arrive at Oso, see one of the helpful staff members at the reception area. During your first visit we’ll help you sign a waiver, give you a tour of the gym, explain bouldering, safety and basic techniques, and set you up with rental gear. Our staff 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.
Do you offer climbing classes?
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.
Do I need a partner?
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).
Can my kids climb with me?
Definitely! We require that all children under the age of 16 be supervised by a parent.
What gear do I need?
You will need a pair of climbing shoes and we recommend a chalk bag (with a chalk ball). All of these items are available for rent or to purchase at Oso.
How is climbing difficulty determined?
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.
How do grades work at Oso?
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.
How do I know where to begin a climb?
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.
How do I know where to finish a climb?
Typically, climbs end with both hands grabbing onto the top edge of the climbing 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. For credit, you should aim to control the finishing hold with two hands.