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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 do climbing grades work?

Climbers use grades to tell each other how difficult a climb is - that way, one can choose a climb of appropriate difficulty. Grading systems are complex; there are different ones in every country and for every type of climbing.

In the U.S., rock climbing is graded with an open-ended scale that begins at 5.0 and currently extends to 5.15. (The 5 refers to 5th class, or climbing with ropes and protection; lower classes range from walking to scrambling). Each grade from 5.10 up is subdivided from "a" to "d." You might see, for example, 5.10b or 5.12c. Frequently the 5 prefix is left off (e.g., 10b).

When a climb is first ascended, the climber grades the route based on her experience with climbs of similar difficulty. As more people do the climb, a consensus on the grade will be reached. Most people begin rock climbing at 5.4 to 5.7. With a few years of experience, they may feel comfortable on 5.9 to 5.11 climbing. 5.12 and up is the terrain of experts.

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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