Climbing at Elevation

Elevation was built by and for the people of Eugene, Oregon.

Through innovative setting, thoughtful design, and an enjoyable multi-sensory experience, we hope to inspire the community to connect and grow healthier together.

Amenities

  • Bouldering

    Bouldering

    Elevation is a modern all-bouldering facility featuring a variety of terrain, from 10° slab to 80° roof climbing.

    New sections are set weekly.

    Read more about setting

  • Classes

    Classes

    We offer a variety of climbing and fitness classes that are free to members. Our Let's Climb Together series is open to all adults, no membership required.

    See all adult classes

  • Fitness area

    Fitness area

    Our fitness area is ideal for cross training that supports your climbing, including weightlifting, dead-hanging, and bodyweight exercises.

    See all fitness classes

  • Board climbing

    Board climbing

    Our board climbing area features a fixed-angle Moonboard (40°) and campus board, and a full-size adjustable Kilter board.

  • Indoor bike parking

    Indoor bike parking

    Riding to Elevation is fun and easy with free indoor bike parking for all.

  • Youth area & classes

    Youth area & classes

    Our dedicated youth climbing area is ideal for children ages 3-10. We also offer a variety of classes and teams for kids ages 6-18, with options for new and advanced climbers.

    See all youth programs

  • Events

    Events

    Connect with the community through seasonal member parties, competitions, group meet-ups, movie nights and more.

    See upcoming events

  • Lounge

    Lounge

    Study, work, or take a relaxing break between climbs in our upstairs lounge.

    Wi-fi and comfy couches included.

  • Retail

    Retail

    Give a quiet nod to your fellow boulderers with small-batch Elevation apparel. We also carry a variety of snacks and beverages, including locally-made kombucha.

  • Showers & changing area

    Showers & changing area

    Our spacious changing area includes cubbies, changing stalls, and private showers.

    Our setting

    Our setting philosophy

    • Climbing movement is nuanced and infinite. Our setting team is in constant pursuit of novel sensations that may delight, frustrate, tantalize or thrill, but are always engaging. We emphasize complex, interesting movement over grade accuracy, and use a color rating system that is detached from the v-scale.

    • New problems are set weekly, providing a steady stream of challenging puzzles. We strive to create problems that are fun and accessible for climbers of different ages, sizes and ability-levels.

      Have feedback about our setting?
      We'd love to hear from you.

      Color grading

      Color grading
      • Why color grading?

        Color grading allows you to explore bouldering with an open mind, focusing on personal challenge and engaging movement rather than subjective number grades.

      • How colors interact

        Each color represents a range of difficulty and overlaps with the colors above and below it. If you can climb most of a color, you will likely be able to climb some of the color above it.

      • Choose your own adventure

        Don't limit yourself based on what you think you can climb. Your perception of difficulty will vary based on your size, experience, and how well the problem aligns with your climbing strengths. If you're having fun and feeling challenged, that's what matters.

      • Wild card

        White problems can be any difficulty. CHAOS sets mix up the colors, allowing you to experience holds you may not have interacted with. Look for alternate color wheels that mark these sections.

        Color circuits

        How to use color circuits

        • Climbing all of one color (known as a circuit) is a great way to experience movement variety and can help you identify areas where you need to improve. As climbers, we often gravitate toward problems that suit our strengths. Circuits push you to try things you might normally skip, encouraging well-rounded growth.

        • Problems of the same color can feel harder or easier depending on their style. Look for shared traits in climbs that feel especially challenging for you—working on those skills is critical to progression.

          On progression

          • Colors are deceptive

            Avoid the temptation to measure your progress as a climber by your progress through the color wheel.

            The colors are an aid in your quest to find an engaging climb, not a benchmark of your proficiency.

          • Progress is not linear

            Climbing difficulty is not linear, it's exponential and multi-dimensional.

            Being "stuck" in a color doesn't mean your progress has slowed, it means that you are solving problems with increasingly complex variables.

          • Keep playing

            Our problems are focused on novel movement. If we do our jobs well, the setting evolves along with you, and demands constant acquisition of new skills.

            Remember, the color scale represents a lifetime of climbing progress, it is not intended to be completed quickly.

            The goal isn't to finish the game, the goal is to keep playing.

            Hours

            Every day

            9am - 11pm

            Members only

            Mon thru Fri

            6am - 9am

            Address

            348 Lincoln St

            Eugene, OR 97401

            Phone

            541-972-3595

            © 2024 | Elevation Bouldering Gym