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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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How to Descend From a Climb?

It is often possible to walk down the side of cliffs or mountains and return to the base. Where walking down is difficult or impossible, climbers rappel down their ropes or lower off.

To rappel, climbers thread their rope (or two ropes tied together) through an anchor point so that the ends hang below. The anchor might be a temporary setup using a rock or a tree, or it could be a fixed anchor; a common anchor consists of two bolts about a foot apart, a length of chain, and an attachment point.
Climbers use a rappel device (often the same as their belay device), through which the rope is fed and the device is clipped to the harness. With friction from the rappel device,it's possible to descend slowly and comfortably. Once all the climbers are on the ground, or at the next anchor, they pull one end ofthe rope until the other end clears the anchor above them and falls to their level. Then they can set up the next rappel, or, if they have reached the bottom, pack up for another climb.

Many modem climbs stop below the top of a cliff at a fixed anchor. Often, these climbs are less than half a rope length long, so the belayer can simply lower the leader to the ground. Then the belayer will take his turn on the route.

Although some people buy climbing equipment solely to go rappelling, most technical climbers view rappelling as a necessary evil. Because climbers often rappel when they are tired or the weather turns sour, and because it is one of the few times in climbing when one is depending solely on a few pieces of equipment, rappelling is when acddents are more likely to occur.

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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