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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 Indoor Climbing ?

As long ago as the mid-1960s, climbers discovered they could mount artificial handholds on a wall and create an indoor arena to practice rock climbing moves and get stronger for climbing. In recent decades, commercial climbing gyms have sprung up around the country; and many fitness centers, high school and college campuses, and parks and recreation departments have installed climbing walls and artificial boulders alongside their weight rooms and lap pools.
Today's climbing gym offers dozens of individual climbing routes created from artificial handholds and footholds that are bolted to vertical and overhanging walls. The routes are often changed to create new challenges. Climbers are attracted to indoor gyms because they offer a comfortable place to climb, practice, train, and compete. Gyms have contributed to a rapid increase in climbing standards of difficulty in recent years; some climbers only climb indoors.
Most gyms offer a combination of lead-climbing routes, top-ropes, and boulder problems to suit climbers of all abilities and interests. Many also have auto-belay devices that allow a person to climb even if he or she does not have a climbing partner. Lead climbs in climbing gyms are almost always protected by bolts, so climbers do Dot need to carry any of their own protection. The floor of climbing gyms are usually covered with thick mats or other padding to protect against injury in case of an uncontrolled fall.
Because of the Inherent dangers of the sport, Indoor climbing gyms follow rigorous risk and safety procedures. Members of the Climbing Wall Association adhere to standardized Industry Practices that are frequently updated. All visitors to a climbing gym typically sign participation agreements, and anyone who wants to practice roped climbing unsupervised must pass a belaying and climbing test to demonstrate competence with the basic safety systems and climbing commands. Gyms often provide instruction to novices to get them started. Indeed, many of the best climbers in the world started out as complete novices in their local climbing gym.

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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