Choosing the Right Climbing Gym

Choosing the Right Climbing Gym

There are many climbing gyms across the country at various locations. Are they different? Which one is right for you? If you’re asking these questions – here’s how you can choose the right gym to work on your climbing abilities. All you need to know is what to look for.

First of all, you want to choose a climbing gym that’s easily accessible and close to where you live. Consistent training is the key to good climbing. If you pick a gym that’s far from where you stay, you probably won’t end up going as often as you’d like. Find a gym with excellent route quality as this is critical to your indoor climbing experience. Good route setters are not easy to find, and bad ones can set routes that may cause injuries. Good route setting with proper grade & consistency is very important as it makes you think, and doesn’t encourage injury.

Your gym should match your attitude. Some gyms attract only elite climbers that flash 12’s and beyond. Other gyms cater to kids and corporate programs and may have really tiny walls and only a few routes, that don’t really challenge you as you advance. The right gym will be the one that you feel comfortable in, allowing you to hook up with other climbers of similar skill and experience and offering plenty of challenging routes in your range.

Look for a gym that has warm-up equipment and a proper bouldering area. The higher the walls, the better the pump and good gyms have 25-foot or higher walls. If the routes feel way too hard or easy for the grade, or if they’re consistently awkward or “tweaky,” you should choose a different gym. Rock Climbing is a physically demanding activity that could result in serious injury. You must seek appropriate climbing equipment and training before undertaking this activity.

You should also make sure you select a gym that features flexible pricing, or an off-hours punch card that offers discounted rates during less crowded times. Other price features could include auto debit discounts, student deals, and discounted annual gym membership. This is just good common sense. Ask beforehand if there is a way to suspend your membership for a period of time. Most gyms will let you do this for a small fee.

Look around, shop a little and pick the climbing gym that is perfect for you!


Member Clinics October 2010


FREE Member Clinic Location, Date and Time Description
Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 6:30pm-8:30pmPreventative Maintenance for Gear When does that trusty rope need to be retired? Do those cams cause more pump than a 5.10 roof? The preventative maintenance clinic will address these questions and many more, so you can continue climbing safe and strong.
Thursday, October 14, 2010, 6:30pm-8:30pmBuilding Climbing Endurance Crisp air, changing leaves, and biting sandstone, the fall climbing season is only a few months away. Building climbing endurance is essential for sending that pesky route with the crux 60 feet up. On Thursday, October 14th we’ll talk about techniques for building climbing endurance.
Every Wednesday in October at 7pm & 8pm
Yoga for Climbers*
In partnership with Charm City Yoga! Two 45 minute sessions will be offered each scheduled evening starting at 7:00pm and 8:00pm.  Space is limited so be sure to call the gym ahead of time or arrive early to reserve your spot. BYOM: Bring-Your-Own-Mat. 


FREE Member Clinic Location, Date and Time Description
Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 8-9pmCore Strength for Climbers It’s true that the arm bone is connected to the shoulder bone, but how is the shoulder bone connected to the hip bone?  Through the core!  We’ll discuss how core strength requirements for rock climbers differ from those of other athletes, and learn exercises that will improve your ability to move through steep rock.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 8-9pmWhip Therapy Have you lost your lead head? Do you lead well below your potential because you’re scared to fall? Conquer your fears and join the Earth Treks team to practice falling safely.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 8-9pmSystem Board Training Have you had trouble sticking one of the many crux moves in the bouldering cave or feel too pumped to hold on to a crimp three-quarters of the way up the wall? System Board to the rescue! Learn how to safely and effectively train on a System Board and start stepping up your game.
Every Tuesday in October at 7pm & 8pm
Yoga for Climbers*
In partnership with Charm City Yoga! Two 45 minute sessions will be offered each scheduled evening starting at 7:00pm and 8:00pm.  Space is limited so be sure to call the gym ahead of time or arrive early to reserve your spot. BYOM: Bring-Your-Own-Mat.


FREE Member Clinic Location, Date and Time Description
 Monday, October 11, 2010, 9-10pmShoulder Strengthening A Front, Side, and Rear Deltoid? Rotator cuff what? Do you find yourself pondering the anatomy of your shoulders, as they ache in pain after a good day of climbing? Learn how to sculpt your shoulders, prevent injury and turn into a lean mean dyno, side pulling machine. 
Monday, October 25, 2010, 9-10pmAscending a Fixed Line It’s a crisp fall day, the rock is really biting. Your partner just pulled the roof on Son of Easy O and now it’s your turn. Before you hit the roof, you blow the cruxy slab section and can’t get back on the wall. You don’t want to be lowered but you can’t remember how to climb a fixed line. Now’s your chance to learn how!
Every Wednesday in October at 7pm and 8pm
Yoga for Climbers*
In partnership with Thrive Yoga! Two 45 minute sessions will be offered each scheduled evening starting at 7:00pm and 8:00pm.  Space is limited so be sure to call the gym ahead of time or arrive early to reserve your spot. BYOM: Bring-Your-Own-Mat. 

Clinics are FREE to annual members. Clinics marked with an asterisk ( * ) have a limitednumber of spaces available and pre-registrationis recommended (required for some clinics). Call the gym to pre-register.

Best Yoga Poses for Climbers

Best Yoga Poses for Climbers

Climbing is the one of the purest forms of adventure sports. It requires dedication and perseverance, a fit and strong body along and a confident and clear mind. Climbers are often advised stretching exercises to make their bodies agile and more flexible.

Many climbers swear by Yoga to keep their bodies in shape for climbing. Here are some of the best Yoga poses for climbers.

Plank Pose (Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana) 

This is one of the most basic yet best Yoga poses for climbers. It benefits your core by strengthening it.  Start with the downwards-facing dog pose and press your shoulders forwards. Make sure your wrists and shoulders are parallel and positioned in the same line. Make sure your body is in one flat line from your heels to your head.  Also, ensure that your palms are flat on the ground.



Straight Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

This pose helps stretch the hamstrings and the torso.  To practice this pose, start by standing straight. Bend forward from your hip drawing your torso out as you exhale. One of the most important Yoga tips is to try to keep your knees straight and feet pressed on the floor while performing the straight forward bend pose. This will help your torso become more flexible.

Butterfly Pose (Badhakonasana)

This is another beneficial pose in Yoga for climbers. It helps in opening up the hips so that one can take higher steps with less effort. This pose involves sitting on a flat surface with feet pressed against each other and knees splayed to resemble a butterfly.  Next, try to touch your toes with your chest while maintaining a straight back. To make it easier and more beneficial, try to open your hips as wide as possible by pressing down your elbows on your thighs.

Deep Shoulder Stretch (Parsvottanasana)

The deep shoulder stretch is one of the best Yoga poses to avoid stiffness in one’s shoulders.  Begin by taking the plank pose, then gradually bring your body down on your belly and extend your left arm to form a T with your left palm facing down. Then roll the right side of the body off the floor to stretch your shoulders.  You can increase the efficiency of this pose by bending your knees and pointing them upwards.

Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

This pose helps climbers improve their balance and makes them better at finding their center.  To practice this pose, stand straight with feet apart. Then, lift your right leg and place its sole on the inner thigh of your left leg. Try to balance your body on your left leg while joining your hands over your head.  Press your right leg onto your left leg to find the center of your body. Maintain this posture for 5 deep breaths and repeat on the other side.

These Yoga poses help you stretch the various parts of your body. Stretching will help you become more flexible and attain a wider range of movements while climbing.

How to Trad Climb

How to Trad Climb

Traditional climbing or Trad climbing gives the climber a unique sense of freedom. It is a style of rock climbing wherein the climbers place all equipment/gear essential to protect against accidents and remove them once the passage is complete. A trad climber finds thrill in the complex rock forms, which establishes a deep connection between the climber and the rock as they examine and step every inch on difficult conditions. With the right training and skills, and with the necessary equipment, you really have the ability to climb the rocks. Here, we give you a low down on trad climbing.

Select the Route that Suits You

Choosing the right climb for your trad limit is extremely important especially considering that trad routes do not have bolts. Therefore, you must choose a hard on-sight route depending on the style of climbing you enjoy the most. If you find technical face climbing exciting, then do not opt for an off-width crack as your hard lead. Initially, go for really simple, low-angled routes that offer multiple opportunities to place protection. Placing protection appropriately at the right places can take time. It requires a lot of strength and stamina to perform the action smoothly. You’ll get better with practice.

Pick the Correct Gear

Trad climbing necessitates a lot of gear. Picking the correct trad climbing gear for the job can make all the difference on a difficult ascent. In addition to your harness, shoes, and helmet, you will also need nuts, micro-nuts, hexes, tri-cams, cams, micro cams, carabiners, quickdraws, slings, runners, cordelette, nut tool, gear sling, etc. What’s important here is to pick up the right size and type of protection for the rock you are about to climb.

Prepare a Strategy

Before you think of getting to the top at the earliest with trad climbing techniques, make sure you’re feeling solid and comfortable on the rock. Invest enough time in practicing to climb cracks of different sizes. Once you’re there, assess your projected route by standing back from the cliff. Then, take a detailed look from the base of the cliff. Begin with single-pitch routes which are easy to look at. This space will help you see all the features of the rock.

Take Small Steps

Take small and planned steps. Keep going slowly for as long as you can. Do not spend too much more difficult moves, which will help you climb the awkward sections with ease and look for places where you can hang on to place gear.

Keep Your Cool

If you can’t figure out the route ahead, do not get confused and run into making the wrong moves since the action can’t be reversed. You do not want to risk taking a big fall. Keep calm while you assess the safest route ahead. Remember that fear of falling or the fear of the unknown can make it difficult for you to function and propel you to make unsafe decisions.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Climbing
A Popular Sport

Climbing is a popular activity for adventure sports enthusiasts across the world. The activity is not restricted to the outdoors, but can also be enjoyed indoors, making it even more accessible to all.

Indoor climbing is a sport wherein people climb man-made walls instead of rocks. These walls are created to reflect actual climbing surfaces. The walls have holds for hands and feet of varied shapes and sizes, fixed at different positions. This kind of climbing gives you a feeling of rock climbing, but in a controlled environment. A number of gyms now offer the facility of climbing indoors.

Difference between Indoor and Outdoor Climbing

Climbing indoors is safer than climbing outdoors. The height is limited by the presence of a ceiling. It is the ideal sport for beginners. Individuals of any age can perform it. Moreover, it doesn’t require much time, making it ideal even for those who are normally too busy for outdoor sports. This also ensures that climbing enthusiasts can enjoy the activity even in the absence of suitable outdoor locations, as well as when the weather would not permit an outdoor climb.

Indoor rock climbing is simpler in comparison to outdoor climbing. A climber may plan his moves before starting. You do not have to cope with conditions like rain, extreme winds, bugs, extreme cold, or extreme heat, among others.


Indoor rock climbing is a safe sport. A beginner may start his journey under the supervision of a trainer. You can learn to use and wear the equipment, as required, in a controlled environment. This offers protection against the elements and ensures safety. Additionally, the limited height gives you greater confidence and you are less likely to be overcome by fear. This gives you the opportunity to perfect your holds, flexibility, strength, and skills.


Some of the innovative activities that have been designed around indoor climbing include:

  • Follow the route that a routesetter has created and is marked by hold color or tape.
  • Climbers need to search for letters embedded on the wall and then create words with them.
  • Climbers need to decode the hints on the wall. These hints suggest the route, which the climbers then need to communicate to their partners.
  • Climbers copy the movements of their partners. They need to follow them without missing a single step.
  • Participants practice techniques, simply by climbing the traverse wall. They are already given a route to follow.
  • Practice core and finger exercises on a specially designed training wall, such as a hang board, campus board, or systems board.

These are some  climbing activities. Climbing in an indoor setting is perfect for kids and youngsters, as well as for older adults with lower fitness levels.