As great as Cleveland is, we don’t have the same mountains that other Midwest states have. And finding an indoor rock wall three years ago was slim to none. But times are changing, which means indoor rock climbing studios are popping up like Townhall’s hotcakes. When Cleveland likes something, we go all in. Aka: We. Can’t. Stop. Climbing.
Cleveland Rock Gym
Hidden inside Calabrese Industrial Park, behind all the buildings, is the monstrosity that is Cleveland Rock Gym. With two areas designated for rope walls and bouldering, climbers have their choice of walls. And they range from 12-30 feet in height and change all the time — meaning if you frequent often, no wall is the same. Pop by for a quick climb or reserve your spot, they have all the gear for rent and awesome staff to belay.
We’ve all been on Tremont’s Professor Ave. by this point, right? We can’t deny Tremont’s coolness, but something most people fail to notice is Climb Cleveland, where all your bouldering dreams come true. You’re not gonna see 30-foot walls here, bouldering consists of climbing large rocks closer to the ground, meaning you won’t need ropes for these bad boys. In the basement you’ll find mock lead walls, making it the perfect place to practice moving side to side. There’s even a crack wall where climbers can practice to get ready for bigger climbs. Intimidated? Don’t worry, all walls are coordinated by color from easiest to hardest. Fitt Tip: Climb Cleveland also has weekly yoga classes!
In case you didn’t already know, Cleveland rocks — and that’s exactly what’s taking over Ohio City this fall in the old Franklin Masonic Center. Cleveland Rocks will have over 18,000 square feet dedicated to rock climbing. There will be a training area introducing campus, moon, and hang boards (don’t worry, you’ll get used to the jargon) and clinics and climbs to help you get more acquainted with these walls. You can try it all here — they have bouldering, lead climbing, top-roping, and auto-balaying! Is there anything Cleveland Rocks doesn’t have? Actually, no, because they’ll also have a yoga studio, a workout area, showers, and meetups for the community.
New to the Lakewood area is the cleverly-named rock gym, Nosotros. Spanish for “we,” Nosotros is all about community climbs. Founded in the basement of Lakewood Baptist Church, climbers will find ropeless bouldering climbs for experts and newbies alike. Matching with the church above them, the instructors here have faith in their climbers. And there’s no doubt — this place is the perfect spot for dates, team bonding, and even just a quick lunchtime climb.
Play:CLE is making a name for themselves not just in Cleveland, but the entire country. But lucky for Clevelanders, their local digs is the largest indoor adventure park in the nation, at over 25,000 square feet. Sure, they have everything from ziplining to parkour, but they also have bouldering (no belay ropes in this area) and eight different climbing walls to spice up your workout. Their climbing walls have an auto-belay system to make your climbing experience safer. And their bouldering walls — they aren’t the typical short walls you’re used to. They’re way higher, so climbers can crank or dead hang (don’t worry, there’s a massive air bag to break your fall).