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Location & hours of operation

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Hours of Operation:

Mon – Fri 10am-10pm
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 10am-8pm

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New to The River Rock?
Be sure to read our
Rules and Regulations.

What’s Happening at The River Rock

Dec
10
Sat
Belay Class
Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In the Basic Belay Class you will work with our instructor and learn the technique of belaying. After taking the class and before your first time climbing, you will be required to take a belay test showing the staff that you have retained all the information and skills necessary. Taking this class and successfully passing the belay test will enable you to belay climbers in the gym.
This course takes approximately an hour and a half. Rental harness and shoes are provided in course fee if needed.
Course Prerequisite: participants must be at least 14 years old

Sign up for it HERE!

Course topics:
Knot craft and harness tie-in
BUS Belay method
Rope management
Use of a Petzl ATC and Grigri
Climber/Belayer communication
Arresting a fall
Lowering a climber
Basic climbing technique
Climbing rating system

Pricing:
FREE – River Rock Members
$25 non-members
$50 for class with a 1-week membership included – this great deal begins the day you take your belay class. All the benefits to being a member are included; you can come take one of our many instructional or fitness classes, not to mention coming back to climb as many times as you’d like within the 1 week time frame. When you return to become belay verified bring a friend! You get 1 free guest pass (rental gear included) with the 1-week membership, so when you test out you now have a climbing partner you can belay!

Scheduling:
1st and 3rd Wednesday 12:30 pm
Thursday 7 pm
Saturday/Sunday 4 pm

Be aware: It is really hard to teach someone how to belay without a person at the other end of the rope. The River Rock can’t provide you a climber to take the belay class. The instructor will be on the ground working with the belay class. If there is more than one person in the class, no problem. The class participants can climb for each other.
If you are the only person registered you will need to provide a climber. We will not charge for your climber during the class time and will provide them with all of the equipment necessary. Contact the gym if you have any questions (540) 685-2360.

Sign up for it HERE!

Top Out Clinic
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

This clinic is specifically designed for and required for youth under the age of 14 who want to learn how to top out in our bouldering area. It takes approximately 30 minutes. A parent or court appointed legal guardian must be present.

Course topics:
• How to fall
• Proper top-out techniques
• Downclimbing
• Active spotting
• Review of River Rock bouldering policies

Pricing:
No additional charge above day pass. Free for members. Climbing shoes required.

Scheduling:
Thursday and Saturday, 6pm

Dec
11
Sun
Boulders & Brunch
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Looking for like-minded people to climb with? Join us for Boulders & Brunch, every Sunday morning from 10am to noon. All skill levels are welcome! River Rock staffer Lucy will be around to climb with you and offer any tips to get you on the wall and having a good time. After climbing we’ll go to brunch next door at the Wasena City Tap Room (it’s quite delicious!).

If you are not a member of the gym we have a special $10 pass with rental gear included from 10am-noon.

Best Sunday morning ever? Most certainly!

Belay Class
Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In the Basic Belay Class you will work with our instructor and learn the technique of belaying. After taking the class and before your first time climbing, you will be required to take a belay test showing the staff that you have retained all the information and skills necessary. Taking this class and successfully passing the belay test will enable you to belay climbers in the gym.
This course takes approximately an hour and a half. Rental harness and shoes are provided in course fee if needed.
Course Prerequisite: participants must be at least 14 years old

Sign up for it HERE!

Course topics:
Knot craft and harness tie-in
BUS Belay method
Rope management
Use of a Petzl ATC and Grigri
Climber/Belayer communication
Arresting a fall
Lowering a climber
Basic climbing technique
Climbing rating system

Pricing:
FREE – River Rock Members
$25 non-members
$50 for class with a 1-week membership included – this great deal begins the day you take your belay class. All the benefits to being a member are included; you can come take one of our many instructional or fitness classes, not to mention coming back to climb as many times as you’d like within the 1 week time frame. When you return to become belay verified bring a friend! You get 1 free guest pass (rental gear included) with the 1-week membership, so when you test out you now have a climbing partner you can belay!

Scheduling:
1st and 3rd Wednesday 12:30 pm
Thursday 7 pm
Saturday/Sunday 4 pm

Be aware: It is really hard to teach someone how to belay without a person at the other end of the rope. The River Rock can’t provide you a climber to take the belay class. The instructor will be on the ground working with the belay class. If there is more than one person in the class, no problem. The class participants can climb for each other.
If you are the only person registered you will need to provide a climber. We will not charge for your climber during the class time and will provide them with all of the equipment necessary. Contact the gym if you have any questions (540) 685-2360.

Sign up for it HERE!

Slack Line Sunday
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Slack Line Sunday
Every Sunday from 5 – 8 pm try out slacklining. Increase your balance and have fun while you do it! Just $10 and includes a pass to climb from 5-8 pm and rental gear if you need it – climb or slackline, your choice.

Dec
12
Mon
All-Level Yoga
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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All level yoga class instructed by Uttara Yoga Studio.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm.
Free for River Rock members. Drop-in rate of $12 for non-members.

Dec
13
Tue
Core & Strength Training Class
Dec 13 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

The class will utilize kettlebells and bodyweight to deliver a powerful combination of exercises that will build lean muscle, burn fat, and strengthen your core. The hour will be separated into three parts: warm-up, proper mobility and positioning, and moderate intensity to high volume exercises. This class is perfect for the beginner but can be modified to the individual’s needs, should they feel too challenged or not challenged enough.

Tues. Evening 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Tues. & Thurs. Morning 6:30 – 7:30 am
Free for River Rock Members or $12 drop in rate

Advanced Movement
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Have you reached a plateau and aren’t sure what the next step in your climbing is? Check out our Advanced Movement Clinic. If you are having a hard time moving up to a V2/5.10, this clinic will help develop your repertoire of moves and have you sending with style in no time.This class will cover movement styles found in climbs up from V2/5.10 through V5/5.12. All instruction will take place in the bouldering area, but skills and techniques learned will apply to your roped climbing. Participants must be 14 years of age or older.

This clinic is free for members.
$10 for non-members (day pass and rental gear not included)
Registration is required as space is limited! Register HERE.

Core & Strength Training Class
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The class will utilize kettlebells and bodyweight to deliver a powerful combination of exercises that will build lean muscle, burn fat, and strengthen your core. The hour will be separated into three parts: warm-up, proper mobility and positioning, and moderate intensity to high volume exercises. This class is perfect for the beginner but can be modified to the individual’s needs, should they feel too challenged or not challenged enough.

Tues. Evening 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Tues. & Thurs. Morning 6:30 – 7:30 am
Free for River Rock Members or $12 drop in rate

Dec
14
Wed
Member’s Only Hours 8-10 am
Dec 14 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Member’s Only Hours – 8:00am to 10:00am

The gym will be open early for current members of the River Rock. Regular business hours begin at 10:00am. We will not be accepting guest passes or offering instruction during the early member’s only hours on Wednesday’s. Come in and get your early morning climb on to start your day!


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