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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 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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    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 🙂