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Welcome to the BRG

As the oldest rock gym on the East Coast, and the second oldest in America, the Boston Rock Gym has been at the heart of the local climbing community since the very beginning. Over the years, we have trained generations of climbers on our walls. I should know; I was one of them!

Although a lot has changed since we first opened our doors in 1989, the Boston Rock Gym's commitment to offering a unique climbing experience has not. Today people of all ages and all climbing abilities come to the BRG to test their skills on our walls. With routes ranging from 5.4 to 5.13 plus in difficulty, a dedicated bouldering room, and a one-of-a-kind lead roof, we offer something for everyone.

But it's not the facility that makes the Boston Rock Gym special. It's the close-knit community of fellow climbers. From our friendly and supportive members to our dedicated staff of AMGA-certified instructors, the BRG is family. If you're looking for a place to call home, the Boston Rock Gym is it.

Chris O'Connell
President and Owner

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What is Ascending a Climb?

Though climbing takes many forms-rock and ice, indoors and out, small cliffs and giant mountains-roped climbers almost always follow the same safety procedure for ascending a route. This is the belay system.

Most roped climbs begin at the bottom of a cliff or route, when the leader (the first climber) starts up the rock. As the leader climbs, the rope trails behind. The leader clips the rope into protection (either permanent or removable) as he ascends. The second climber, the belayer, uses a belay device that connects to his harness and the climbing rope. The belayer uses this device to feed out rope or take in slack as needed. If the leader falls, the belayer will catch him using this device.
With modem protection, falls have become an accepted risk on many climbs. Some climbers try a route many times before they can climb it without falling. There is always some danger with falling, but attentive belaying and proper equipment keep the danger to a minimum. Technical climbing and lead belaying require training and should be taught by a qualified instructor.

Once the leader reaches the top of the cliff or the end of the rope, he either is lowered by the belayer or belays the second climber from an anchor. The second climber removes the protection placed by the leader, leaving behind only fixed protection such as pitons or bolts. When the two are reunited, they descend (if they have reached the top) or continue on the next pitch (rope length). By doing this, a two-person team can climb cliffs hundreds or even thousands of feet high.

First Time

  • What to expect when you visit +

    Is this your first visit to a rock climbing gym? Or your first visit to the Boston Rock Gym? Either way, we’re glad you found us and we want to make sure Read More
  • Take a look at our FAQ +

    No. The BRG has Auto-Belay devices that allows top rope style climbing without a partner. We also have 3 areas dedicated to bouldering. Read More
  • Sign the mandatory waiver online +

    Anyone climbing in our facility must sign a waiver. Participants under the age of 18 must have the waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. Fill out the online Read More
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