5 New Rock Climbing Gyms to Check Out Around Philadelphia

Rock climbing is on the rise in Philly. Here are the gyms — some recently opened, some still in the works — where you should plan a visit.


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Philadelphia Rock Gyms is one of the new indoor rock climbing gyms in Philly. Photograph by Matt Zugale.

Next year, indoor rock-climbing debuts as an Olympic sport in Tokyo. Locally, people are flipping out over it, too. In fact, we’re in the middle of a rock-wall boom. Here, five new indoor rock climbing spots where you can chalk up for a winter workout.

Philadelphia Rock Gyms
This homegrown chain has been creating tight-knit climbing communities since 1994, and the newest location (opened in December) has bouldering, top-rope and lead climbing, plus fitness equipment. $55 per month. 2412 East York Street, Fishtown.

Tufas Boulder Lounge
Bouldering sounds kind of scary — you scale walls without any ropes or harnesses — but the rush is a huge payoff. Ready to get started? This mid-size city newcomer has weekly introductory lessons, fitness classes geared toward grip strength, and an app that helps you identify routes. $70 per month. 1614 North 5th Street, Kensington.

Reach Climbing and Fitness
After spending time out West, Bala Cynwyd real estate investor Michael Feinberg realized that our rock-wall scene had some catching up to do, so he decided to build a 22,000-square-foot gym. When it opens this spring, it’ll have 55-foot walls and an Olympic-size speed-climbing option. Price TBD. 401 East 4th Street, Bridgeport.

The Cliffs at Callowhill
NYC-based Cliffs has snatched up a 39,000-square-foot facility in Center City, which — when it debuts in the spring — will have bouldering, lead and top-rope climbing walls, and a gym with strength and cardio equipment, plus workout classes. $85 per month. 340 North 10th Street, Callowhill.

Gravity Vault
The chain, which has locations in New Jersey and New York, brought a 16,000-square-foot gym to Radnor in 2017. While they’ve kept the ’burbs entertained with more than 100 rope stations and 4,000 square feet of bouldering, now urbanites should get excited: A city location is in the works, though the opening date isn’t set yet. $64.50 per month. 175 King of Prussia Road, Radnor.

Published as “All the Way Up” in the January 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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