Indoor Rock Climbing Gyms Oakland CA

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Great Western Power Co.
(510) 452-2022
520 20th St.
Oakland, CA
48 ft. lead wall, 11,000 total sq. ft., 1500+ ft. bouldering, over 50 top and lead ropes

Berkeley Ironworks
(510) 981-9900
800 Potter Street
Berkeley, CA
45 ft. high lead indoor climbing wall, 14,000 sq. ft. of climbing wall terrain, 2,500 sq. ft. climbs with 40 top ropes and lead climbing ropes.

Mission Cliffs
(415) 550-0515
2295 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA
14,000 sq. ft. of wall area, 50 ft. high. 40 top rope and lead routes with a 2,000 sq. ft. bouldering wall.

(925) 932-1033
999 Bancroft
Concord, CA
Planet Granite
(650) 591-3030
100 El Camino Real
Belmont, CA
12,000 square feet of climbing wall. Has a variety of indoor climbing-150 top rope routes, and lead climbing on 30 of the routes, 3000 square feet of caves, walls, and arêtes

Bladium Rock Wall
(510) 814-4999 x 212
800 West Tower Avenue, Bldg 40
Alameda, CA
35 ft climbing walls, 15 ropes and 14 ft bouldering

Bridges Rock Gym
(510) 525-5635
5635 San Diego Street
El Cerrito, CA
Extraordinary bouldering, stellar two-story cave, 17-ft top-out boulders, indoor & outdoor slackline arenas, yoga, fitness, childcare, & café.

Planet Granite
(415) 692-3434
924 Old Mason St
San Francisco, CA
+25,000 climbing & bouldering, 115 topropes, 45 ft tall

Diablo Rock Gym
(925) 602-1000
1220 Diamond Way
Concord, CA
32 ft. high lead climbing wall, 11,000 sq-ft of indoor climbing with 40 top and lead ropes, 2,500 sq. ft. of boulder climbing

Stonehenge Climbing Gym
(209) 521-3644
500 9th Street
Modest, CA
4,000 sq. ft., 40 ft top rope walls, 50 ft leadable walls, cave, climbing shop.

Bouldering Competition Secrets

Dominate at a bouldering competition

There are tons of indoor comps all over the country. That being the case I decided to write this little article about how to succeed at indoor competitions.

If you have never been to an ABS or other bouldering competition here is what you can expect: about 30-50 sick new boulder routes, a ton of climbers, a great time, and probably an entertaining finals to watch.

How they work

Every climber gets an individual scorecard that has all the boulder problems on it. As you climb different problems you will need to have 1-2 people sign off that you did that problem on your scorecard. Most comps take your top 5 scores.

I'll break this up for you in 3 sections before, during, and after the comp.


Set a Goal: Before the comp you should set a specific and measurable goal for yourself. A good goal might be ‘I am going to climb 5 V5 routes or higher not ‘I am going to climb my best'. Do you see that the first one is specific and measurable and the second is not, that is important.

Intend to have fun: Climbing competitions are a chance to test your abilities, climb with some great climbers, maybe win some prizes, and have fun. Few people win prizes at comps, this should not really be your intention.

We all climb because we love it so climb in a bouldering competition to learn and have fun and if you win some prizes that is just a little bonus.

Warm up: You need to warm up before the competition. You should warm your muscles up with something like jumping jacks (50-100) and then start to loosen up your muscles and joints.

Some yoga or stretching is always a great idea. Make sure you at least focus on stretching out your hips, fingers, forearms, and shoulders, but it would be best to do a full body stretching routine.


Preview: Once the comp starts you need to walk around and look at the routes. You should go around and circle the top 5-8 routes that you would like to have on your scorecard.

Easy routes: Ok so you put your shoes on and are ready to go, now what. I suggest that you jump on 2-4 routes that are easy for you. This always help me to relax and loosen up my fingers.

Crack some beta: A great thing about being at a comp is that there are several people trying to climb the same routes as you. This is an advantage because you can watch and see what is working and what is not working on the route.

These people can help you climb a route much faster and without wasting a ton of time and energy.

Take you time: Most competitions last for 3 hours or so and you only have to complete 5 problems. This is important to recognize because a lot of climbers end up getting pumped out after about an hour or an hour and a half.

You need to rest accordingly. If you need to climb your top 5 problems that means you should be completing one problem every 35 minutes or so.

Eat and Hydrate: Staying hydrated is really important during a comp you should be drinking water and so...

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Build a Rock Climbing Wall

So you want to know how to build a rock climbing wall, right?

Good, let's get started.

Building a rock climbing wall can be a great way to get a workout and prepare yourself for climbing without having to get out of the house.

Many climbers use their home rock climbing wall to build strength and to train. Home walls are so great because you don't need to have a climbing gym near by to climb and train.

There are four steps you need to follow to build a rock climbing wall.

First step

Planning your rock climbing wall. During this step you will decide exactly what you want out of your rock climbing wall.

Do you want the wall inside or outside? What shapes, features and size do you want your wall to be? You will also want to begin drawing out the type of wall you want and begin to develop an estimate of how much your wall is going to cost.

Second Step

Designing your wall.

During the design you will begin to calculate exactly how much the wall will cost and exactly what supplies you will need. The technicalities will also be worked out here.

You will begin to figure your specific cut angles, your framework, joints and other important features of your wall. You will also need to clear any technical problems that may arise. Here you will need to decide what kind of effects the elements will have on your wall if it is outside.

Will your wall suffer from being rained or snowed on?

One way to sustain the life of your wall is to use marine board. This is more expensive but if you live in a rainy area, you will find the board to be well worth it.

Third Step

The fun part of building your wall. If you enjoy building this will be the best part of building your home rock-climbing wall. The reality of your wall will slowly come to life through this process.

Fourth step

Is the finishing of the wall.

We're not quite cranking the holds on just yet, but we're getting close. This phase involves the finishing of the wall surface, paint, and applying texture.

You will also need to consider what your fallzone is going to be. Are you going to have padding such as mattresses or gym pads?

After you build a rock climbing wall, you can begin to crank your holds on and build your routes.

If the wall is outside, be prepared for your bolts to rust over. If you don't plan on rearranging holds very often, you will typically not have much to worry about.

If you do want to move holds around, it may be difficult unscrew them once they have be...

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Indoor Rock Climbing

(Here is a picture of me bouldering at Tallahassee rock gym)

Ryan Coisson, indoor rock climbing, indoor climbing
I am just blown away by how many indoor climbing facilities are popping up all over the place.

Climbing indoors has such appeal because you can use a climbing gym to train year round no matter what the weather is and they offer the ability to learn to climb in a very controlled environment.

Not to mention competing in indoor climbing competitions Do you love competiting in rock climbing competitions?

If so, then you need to check out speed climbing and this article on climbing competition strategy.

Different types of Indoor Climbing

Most climbing gyms provide bouldering,top roping, and lead climbing.

Some benefits of gym climbing

  • Gyms are a great place for training year round especially during the off season in your climbing area. The holds and wall surfaces do a pretty good job at mimicking outside climbing.

  • Gyms are a great place to meet new people and be involved in a climbing community.

  • Indoor rock climbing allows you to learn and become comfortable with climbing before heading out on real rock.

  • You don't need to have any experience with climbing to go to a climbing gym.

  • Great for your physical fitness.

  • Indoor climbing gyms are a great place to have birthday parties for your kids.

  • Most of all climbing gyms are just a great place to kick back and have fun with your friends.

    Do you love rock climbing, but don't have a climbing gym near you? Have you thought abou...

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