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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 Competitive or Sport Rock Climbing?

Although most climbers will never be famous, the best are as dedicated to their sport as any Olympic athlete. Top boulderers and rock climbers train year-round, as much as five to six days a week, to improve their strength, flexibility, and endurance. Indoor gyms have allowed climbers to train throughout the winter and long into the night, leading to a leap in ability levels for both average and elite climbers. In addition to training on climbing routes and boulder problems-both outdoors and on artificial walls - dedicated climbers use specialized exercise equipment often found at indoor climbing gyms. These include:
• Hangboards - Resin or wooden boards molded with a variety of handholds. These are mounted to a wall or door frame overhead so the climber can perform pull-ups and other strength-training routines.
• Campus boards - Overhanging panels mounted with a ladder of slats or rails that a climber can ascend with no feet for an intensive workout. The terms "campus board" and "campusing" originated with a famous German climber who developed this technique at a university gym.
• Treadwalls™ - Mechanical climbing walls that move as the climber "ascends" the surface, allowing continuous movement to provide a great endurance workout.
Though climbers have always been competitive and pushed each other to try more difficult ascents, formal competitions have spread with the advent of indoor climbing facilities. Some climbers focus entirely on training for competitions. There is a World Cup circuit (similar to skiing's World Cup) for lead climbing, bouldering, and speed climbing. A World Championship is held every two years for adults, and every year for younger climbers. Soon, climbing may be an Olympic sport.
Most climbing gyms in America host local competitions for their members and guests, and many high schools and colleges have climbing teams. The best climbers may compete at a regional or national level as well. In the United States, USA Climbing (USAC) is the national governing body for climbing competitions. Each year, USAC organizes local, regional, and national competitions, in which tens of thousands of climbers participate in bouldering, sport, or speed climbing. In addition to adult competitions, young climbers compete in various age groups up to age 19. These competitions select each year's U.S. Climbing Teams (adult and youth) in lead climbing. bouldering, and speed. Team members are invited to the World Championships and other major international events.

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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