If you’ve ever been to an indoor climbing gym, then you know how much it can work your body in ways never imagined. With an inclined finish line always in sight, it creates clear-cut goals for a workout that can be both exhilarating and rewarding, not to mention potentially infuriating if you’re struggling. But despite the aches and pains that may follow a climb workout, it’s an experience that not only works your heart, but your brain too. That’s hard to beat.
Speaking of brains, it’s best to protect your noggin the best way you can. Be smart. Even though these aren’t real outdoor cliffs, it’s still risky business that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Most climbing gyms lend harnesses, ropes and belay devices. Some also lend climbing shoes that can help with safety.
Montreal has quite a good selection of indoor climbing gyms that can please an expert or offer an exciting yet controlled experience for beginners.
Let’s start with Montreal’s largest indoor climbing facility, Centre d’escalade Horizon Roc, located at 2350 Dickson. With some 300 climbable routes spread over 27,000 square feet, this facility is king of the hill. Horizon Roc offers beginner courses or introductory instruction. If you already have climbing experience, the staff can gauge your skill level and help get you on the right track.
Some of the interesting oddities at Horizon Roc are the suspension bridges and zipline in its Acro-Park. This crazy area seems like a floating obstacle course.
Horizon Roc’s walls are typically 40-feet tall.
If extreme height is your thing, then look no further than Allez-Up at 1339 Shearer. The climbing walls here reach 48 feet in height.
On the flip side, Allez-Up also has a great selection of walls for children and beginners.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a climbing gym that has more to offer than just climbing, I’d recommend the CEPSUM Climbing Wall at 2100 Édouard-Montpetit. In addition to climbing, CEPSUM has access to a cardio and weight room, indoor pool, skating rink, tennis, squash and badminton courts. Note that this facility belongs to the Université de Montréal. Once you pay the cover charge, you can access any of the activities inside the complex.
Some of these indoor climbing facilities also offer yoga, dance and exercise classes.
You can typically expect to pay around $20 for a climbing experience, but price depends on many different factors, including instruction and equipment. It’s best to check the indoor rock climbing facility’s website directly before making any plans.