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Virginia Beach Rock Gym Virginia Beach

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Virginia Beach Rock Gym
5049 Southern Blvd
Virginia Beach
VA
23462
Tel: 757 499-8347

Directions

Check them out at 5049 Southern Blvd in Virginia Beach! They're off Hwy 264, turning off onto the 190 then onto Southern Blvd.

Where are we going today?

Rock climbing is such a great sport that not only keeps kids healthy and active (which parents we know you love!) but more importantly, the whole family can enjoy it together!

Virginia Beach Rock Gym has an incredibly realistically textured 32 foot climbing wall with all the challenges that make the novices keen to improve, and the experts realise there is always something new with rock climbing to keep them on their toes!

They have corners, slabs, bulges, and roofs, with top ropes but mostly lead climbing.

Never rock climbed before? Don't worry! The routes are color coordinated so you know which ones you need to stay on. Experienced climbers, you know those colors which appear very infrequently are for you!

Bouldering is a great place for kids to start on, especially without experience. They stay low to the ground, with soft padding underneath for any trips - plus they don't have to worry about all the ropes and harnesses!

For those kids (especially the smaller ones) who might want to climb under direct supervision and learn all about the techniques that they will need to improve, they can try out the Climbing Intro course, which is 30 minutes of invaluable lessons to get started.

If they really take to climbing, they can join the Youth Climbing Club which is a great weekly "open gym" just for kids aged 3 - 13. Harnesses and helmets are included, and again are under the supervision of the amazing staff! 

Naturally, if that special day is approaching and kids are wanting a place for them and their friends to celebrate, Virginia Beach Rock Gym have a great birthday package with optional extras which give 90 minutes of fun climbing before the party starts! 

If you want a way for kids to improve their strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, and make new friends whilst having a great time - head on down to Virginia Beach Rock Gym. Parents don't forget - you can climb too! You know you want to! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12 for over 14 day pass.
  • Children$10 under 13: youth day pass.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Weekday 10am - 10pm / Saturday 9am - 10pm / Sunday 9am - 9pm (but 5pm - 9pm members only)

Everyday!

Teachers corner

Check out the various classes they have - you can learn specific techniques, or rappelling, or just take a lead class!.

Any Top Tips?

Check out their memberships - you get unlimited climbing all month long and special member sessions!.

More information

The helmet comes free with admission but chalk bags, belays, shoes and harness are additional rentals. .

What people are saying?

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    Having been to many different climbing gyms, mainly in Europe, I can say that this Gym is very interesting. Of course, there is no air conditionning but is there any AC on the cliffs outdor? The route setting is at the appropriate level and can be challenging, at least up to 5.11. The bouldering section is also very interesting for those who want to warm up. A must see for real climbers who realy enjoy climbing.

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    I'll preface this by saying it's the only climbing gym and the area and if you've never climbed before I would recommend it. However, being an experienced climber and having been to many different climbing gyms, I would not compare this well to any of them.

    The facilities themselves are relatively small, but mostly not used efficiently. There is tons of space that could be used for more climbing or other exercise room but is not. On top of that it is dirty. It's not unsanitary, but dirty because the ground is gravel and quite dusty, which tears...Read More

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    I've taken our 4 year old there twice now and she has had the best time! Both times we had an instructor, Calvin, couldn't have been better with her. He was so supportive, helpful, patient, and outgoing. He really took the time to teach her how to climb. She now wants to go back every weekend! I can't tell you how much we appreciate his help and the Rock Gyms overall friendly demeanor.

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    Nice facilities. No air conditioning even though it is inside. Gravel around climbing area makes you super dirty after wards. Had dust all over my car after.

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    Great environment. Friendly, helpful and instructive staff. Very fun way to get a good workout. The membership is an easy monthly price and well worth the money. Fun place to take your kids for some fun and energy burning. Easily covers all levels of experience :-)

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by Tyler Quesnel

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I'll preface this by saying it's the only climbing gym and the area and if you've never climbed before I would recommend it. However, being an experienced climber and having been to many different climbing gyms, I would not compare this well to any of them.

The facilities themselves are relatively small, but mostly not used efficiently. There is tons of space that could be used for more climbing or other exercise room but is not. On top of that it is dirty. It's not unsanitary, but dirty because the ground is gravel and quite dusty, which tears up climbing shoes. The roof also leaks when it rains and ventilation is quite poor, so expect hot summers and freezing winters.

On top of this the staff is quite hit or miss. There are good ones among them but some are quite young and inexperienced. Not uncommon for such a position, but there seems to be a lack of either training or accountability or both. The route setting can be pretty bad at times and feedback is not always well received. The entrance is also separate (and air conditioned) which can lead to an aloof staff missing many safety concerns with clients acting on their own. Belaying and climbing safety discrepancies are common.

I'd like to reiterate that the gym is fine for the novice or the kid's party. It is not unsanitary nor unsafe if either the staff is belaying or you know what you are doing. It does however have tons of room for improvement yet a total disinclination to make such. It would be nice to see a quality climbing gym in the Hampton Roads since there is no real rock anywhere nearby.

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