First, there was the treadmill, and then there was the Stair master. Now it has gone literally one step beyond. With ... More
Rockreation Sport Climbing Center
First, there was the treadmill, and then there was the Stair master. Now it has gone literally one step beyond. With handhold's shaped like protruding stones, and safety ropes dangling like spider webs, this is fitness' newest craze, indoor wall rock climbing. Sign the mandatory waiver before you suit up and certified instructors will guide you through a workout like you have never had before. Experience is not required. All necessary equipment will be provided.
Remember the smell of sweat of high school locker room, the teachers who don't care about you, and something making you be there. That's the feeling this place gave me.
The place is located in the middle of nowhere, and hard to find without a GPS. Customer service sucks. There were two guys there and they had no clue what services they even offered. They spent half the time away from the front desk.
It was middle of the day, and there were barely 4 people there. Needless to say, it's extremely over priced, especially for how much they offer.
There are maybe 10 routes intermediate level, which are NOT EVEN MARKED. Actually, nothing there is marked. They DO NOT PROVIDE YOU WITH ROPE. They made a big deal of giving us chalk for free.
The gym area has 4 bicycle stands, and some weights. Two of the bicycle things were out of order.
Also, they seem to be short on mats. They only have 4.
Because the space is so small, some of the climbing has to be done on doors.
Half the walls are so low, you can easily jump to the top.
I came with two friends who have never rock climbed before. Unlike other gyms, they refused to train them, and still charged a whopping $25 per person. When they saw that after some training I gave them, I wanted to climb myself, they said that without a proper training ($99/person that they provide) I wasn't safe (even though we all signed the liability release) and kicked us all out.
Overall, I saw the staff is 1/10, ropes are 3/10 (not breaking, but very stiff because they're too old), rocks are 4/10 (covered in sweat, and not labeled), walls are 5/10 (I suppose it could be worse... in legoland). The price is 3/10 (it's 25 per person per day, which is more than other gyms, but not by too much, but them of course, you get nothing for it).
I think the only good thing about this place was that they have their own lockers, so if you bring a lock, you can lock your stuff there; but with so few people there, I doubt there's any actual risk.
In all honesty I did not really like this gym that much. The routes were too short (the ceiling is not that high compared to other indoor gyms) and the boulder problems were not maintained well. The tape was coming off the holds so it was hard to decipher exactly which holds you were supposed to use. The floor was not padded enough so if you had to bail towards the top of a problem, it kinda hurt your knees when you landed on the ground again.
The thing I disliked the most about the place was that it got so crowded in the afternoon that you couldn't really even climb in peace. It was not uncommon to run into somebody halfway up a problem forcing a bail on either your part or their part.
I am comparing this gym to the one that I use in my hometown of Bozeman Montana (The Spire), and Rockreation is definitely the inferior gym. Perhaps my opinion of Rockreation is a little biased since I have been climbing in a gym which I am used to and greatly enjoy in my hometown.
All in all it was still an enjoyable experience (climbing always is) and I would recommend this gym to anybody who enjoys climbing. It was a little overpriced in my opinion but it was still fun (It's in L.A. what do you expect?) Just make sure to get there early to avoid crowds.
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