Rock Climbing in Rochester, New York

by Alana Armstrong
Rock climbing is becoming popular in the Rochester area.

Rock climbing is becoming popular in the Rochester area.

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Although the sport is growing in popularity, the choices for rock climbing in Rochester, New York are limited. Rock-climbing enthusiasts in the area can climb indoor walls, meet up with others in the climbing community and even have new climbing opportunities to look forward to.

Rock Ventures

Rock Ventures (, located at 1044 University Ave., has 18,000 square feet of climbing walls and caters to rock climbers of all levels. Climbers can take advantage of introductory and youth group lessons as well as a summer camp that accepts children from 6-13 and a leadership training camp for kids 14-17. Rock Ventures also offers birthday party climbing packages for any age group and team-building sessions for adults. The climbing walls are open Monday to Saturday from 12 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. All climbers must have a current belay (rope holding) card, or a belay course can be taken for as little as $6.

Red Barn Climbing Gym

Red Barn Climbing Gym, located at the Rochester Institute of Technology at 113 Lomb Memorial Drive, offers about 75 climbing courses at any given time. While the gym is open to both students and the public, the climbing rates vary; for students, a day pass is $3 and a 10-week session pass is $20. For the public, a day pass is $5 and a session pass is $55. Climbing shoes are available to rent for $3. During the academic year, Red Barn is open Monday through Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Rochester Rock, Ice & Snow Climbing Club (RRISCC)

Dennis Eberl founded what is now the Rochester Rock, Ice & Snow Climbing Club (RRISCC) around 1970.The organization consists of rock-climbing enthusiasts who participate in rock climbing, indoor wall climbing, bouldering, ice climbing and mountaineering. Meetings are held six times per year (in October, November, February, March, April and May) in a lodge room inside the Gander Mountain store, and they are open to the general public. Activities. which include wall climbing and crevasse rescue practice, are held at the home of members who have such facilities or at Rock Ventures.

Rochester Adventure Park Project

The Rochester Adventure Park Project is in development as of 2011, with plans for both indoor and outdoor climbing surfaces that will reach heights of close to 75 feet. A yearly pass to the rock climbing area of the park will be $400 for all walls or $300 for just the bouldering course.

About the Author

Alana Armstrong started her writing career in 2005, covering street art and graffiti. She currently works as a freelance writer, photographer and artist in Toronto. Armstrong has a diploma in photojournalism from Sheridan College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photo media from the University of New South Wales.

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