Bouldering is rock climbing, without using ropes or harnesses, on climbs that don’t go too high off the ground. Most of our boulders will be between thirteen to sixteen feet tall. Outside, boulderers move small mats and pads under the climbs. In our gym, the entire floor will be a giant, squishy pad.
Boulder routes are commonly referred to as problems (a British appellation) because the nature of the climbs are often short, inspire curiosity, and require problem solving. They consist of a series of carefully-placed holds which you climb from start to finish.
Problems can be easy or really really hard. That’s what makes it fun!
Yes!! You don’t need any prior experience to have a great time bouldering. There will be boulders for everyone, from younger to older climbers and from beginner to advanced climbers.
If you are new to the sport and want more support getting started, we will have several classes that will help you understand the basics of climbing movement and technique.
We have a small section of auto belays in our upstairs youth room. They are about 22 ft high. If you are interested in climbing on our auto-belays you will need to bring your own harness or rent one from us. You will have to take a class to learn how to use the auto-belays. Once you are certified, you can use them at any time (unless there is a party or event taking place)
The only thing you need to boulder is a pair of climbing shoes and chalk (to keep your hands dry). Technically you don’t need chalk but many climbers use it and we highly recommend it. Bring your own shoes and chalk bag (no loose chalk) or rent them from us. Barefoot climbing isn’t allowed, but you’re welcome to climb in your athletic shoes! Climbing shoes make it a lot easier.
And if you want to climb the auto-belays you will also need a harness.
Take a look at our class schedule! Currently we offer Intro to Bouldering, Auto Belay Class/Certification and a bouldering progression series where you can learn more about the fundamentals of basic climbing movement, safety and technique.
Over the summer, we have summer camps and during the school year, we offer a variety of youth programs.
We are also starting a competitive climbing team for kids ages 6-18. Go under the youth tab to learn more!
Anybody can use the auto belay section if they are certified and if that room is not reserved for parties or youth programs. The basement youth area is prioritized for youth climbing but could be used by anyone if it is not occupied by youths.
The best places to put your stuff are the cubbies along the walls and cubby benches near the windows upstairs and along the divider wall downstairs. You can use the lockers in the locker rooms to store your stuff but you will need to bring your own lock
Yes we will have disinfectant wipes that you can use to wipe down fitness equipment and hand sanitizer is located in various locations throughout the gym. In the yoga studio, there is a spray bottle with disinfectant and micro fiber towels to wipe down mats and blocks.
Your child must be 14 or older to climb without parental supervision. Your child must also be 14 and older to use the auto belays without parental supervision.
All children under 14 must take the auto-belay class with a parent. If the parents gains their certification, they can assist their children (who have also taken the class) with using auto belay.
Valley Rock Gym
USA Climbing Regional Qualifying Competition Hours:
Wednesday Oct 20th 7am-7:30pm
Thursday Oct 21st Closed
Friday Oct 22nd Closed
Saturday Oct 23rd 6pm-10pm
We will reset the gym Monday the 25th and Wednesday the 27th.