Indoor Rock Climbing Somerville MA

Local resource for indoor rock climbing in Somerville. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to indoor rock climbing facilities, rock climbing equipment, carabiners, climbing shoes, and rock climbing, as well as advice and content on how to get started on indoor rock climbing.

MIT Climbing Wall
(617) 253-1000
142 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
 
MetroRock #1
(617) 387–ROCK (7625)
69 Norman St, Unit 9
Everett, MA
Description
17,000 sq. ft. of total terrain including 3,500 sq. ft of dedicated bouldering. Heights over 45 feet high, leading on over 50% of high walls. 70 toprope stations and over 30 lead routes.

Exxcel Gym
(617) 244-3300
88 wells Ave
Newton, MA
Description
5,000 sq. ft. climbing gym facility, 45ft x 20ft Indoor Climbing Wall. There is also a 100-foot indoor zip line. See all zip lines in Massachusetts here. Additionally there is an Olympic size trampoline with bungee and birthday party rooms. Here is a good listing of Massachusetts trampoline centers

Dedham Health and Athletic
(781) 326-2900
200 Providence Hwy
Dedham, MA
Description
35ft high climbing wall, beginner to advanced courses, specialized classes for children 5-15 yrs old, adult climbing also available

Phil Tait Soccer 1 on 1
653 Summer Street
Boston, MA
 
Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center
(617) 353-2748
915 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA
Description
35' tall and 45' wide. Classes open to the community. Open recreation climbing time, by appointment only, is included with course fee for the duration of the course.

Boston Rock Gym
(781) 935-7325
78G Olympia Ave
Woburn, MA
Description
28 ft. climbing wall with lead roof, aretes, overhangs, pillars.

Rock Spot Climbing
(617) 333-4433
67 Sprague Street
Boston, MA
Description
4,000+ sq ft of indoor bouldering and 4,500 sq ft of top rope and lead climbing with 37 top ropes; all ages all abilities climbing facility; bouldering, top rope, lead climbing.

La Vida Rock Gym at Gordon College
(978) 867-4111
255 Grapevine Rd
Wenham, MA
Description
8x30 foot bouldering wall and 25' vertical walls; A family-friendly climbing gym dedicated to adventure and the power of encouragement. Offering public climbing, private events, and climbing lessons.

MB Nike Soccer Camps
1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton, MA
 

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor rock climbing is growing in popularity as athletes learn the many benefits of the sport. First of all, it is safer for a novice than climbing out doors. The gyms that house the walls provide equipment to rent and skilled trainers for any level of experience. Once one is certified by the staff for the skills needed to climb or belay, an athlete can pair up with a beginner just learning to choose a pathway or an experienced climber looking to prepare indoors for a rigorous outdoor climb.

Another benefit is the variety of work the body must do to complete a successful climb. Most sports rely upon a limited number of muscle groups. Indoor rock climbing uses muscles many athletes forget they have. There are fingers that grasp the new holds straining with weight until one can move one’s feet. There are the calves and thighs that quiver while the foot is balanced on small outcroppings. There are the back muscles and stomach muscles that help keep another climber’s rope taut while belaying.

For those who normally pursue intellectual sports like golf and chess, indoor rock climbing can be a challenge as well. Not only must one consider several moves at one time, one must take into account the curves in the wall or the distances between holds. One must time pushing off and grasping again. While belaying for another one must consider when to give line and when to hold it tight.

Because of the need to learn both tasks, solo climbers the the opportunity to meet other like minded individuals. One must learn to trust an unfamiliar belayer and earn the climber's trust as one belays. This makes indoor rock climbing a complete sport. It hones the mind, the body and the spirit through physical, mental and social challenges. No wonder it gains popularity every year.