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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

Mar
31
Tue
Youth Competitive Climbing Team
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

River Rock Youth Competitive Climbing Team
Youth 9-17 years old
Tues. 5:30-7pm & Sat. 10-11:30am

Our Youth Competitive Climbing Team welcomes youth of all skill levels looking to challenge themselves in a competitive climbing format. Competition climbing is an exciting individual sport which promotes physical strength and confidence. In addition, climbing helps youth build lasting friendships and a good work ethic. As a member of the Team, you will participate in two 1.5 hour practices a week and participate in a number of local bouldering or sport climbing competitions with the opportunity to progress to regional and national competitions. Participation in the competitive Team is by coaches’ invitation. Team members must be youth members of the gym, own their own climbing shoes, and will be responsible to climb and workout over and above the two coached sessions a week.

If your youth is interested contact the gym for more information (540) 685-2360.

Bouldering Clinic
Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

We recommend this clinic for everyone. We cover proper topping out technique, the importance of active spotting, how to fall on our Futurist bouldering floor, and River Rock policies.

This class is required if you are under the age of 13 in order to top-out in the bouldering section. A parent or legal guardian must attend with you. Once you satisfactorily pass the clinic you are permitted to top-out.

This clinic takes approximately 30 minutes.

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

Pricing:
FREE for everyone!

Scheduling:
Available sessions
Every day of the week at 6pm
(takes approximately 30 minutes)

Climber Core Class
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Climber Core Class

NEW OFFERING: Climber Core Class

Climber Core Class by emPower Studio
Tuesdays (beginning March 3rd)
6:30 – 7:00 pm – beginner
7:00 – 7:30 pm – intermediate/advanced
FREE for River Rock members
$12 drop-in rate available (for full hour)
Click HERE to learn more about emPower Studio.
This is a mat based class (utilizing yoga style floor mats) designed to develop functional core strength, promote correct alignment, and focusing on breath and balance. Each class will end with stretching.

The exercises will be similar to a Pilates based program, but will focus on a climber’s core strength and movement. Not only will it improve athletic performance, it help foster valuable insights about your body and your limits.

The class will be broken into beginners and intermediate/advanced. The first half hour (6:30-7 pm) will focus on beginner movement and basic form. The second half (7-7:30 pm) will move into intermediate and advanced movement.

The instructor, Anja, is a licensed physical therapist in Denmark and an active climber. She also conducts private instruction at emPower Yoga & Pilates in Roanoke.

No matter your level of comfort with yoga, Pilates, or climbing, expect a supportive atmosphere.

Apr
1
Wed
Member’s Only Hours 8:00-10:00 am
Apr 1 @ 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!

Belay Class
Apr 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

In the Basic Belay Course 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 certify 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 13 years old

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:
$20 Adult
$18 Student, Active Military, Public Safety, K-12 Educator
$15 Youth (13-17)
FREE Members of RR Gym

Scheduling:
Available sessions
Tuesday/Thursday 7pm
Saturday/Sunday 4pm
Call the gym to sign-up (540) 685-2360. Class size limited, so first come first served.

Uttara Yoga
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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All level yoga class.

Free for gym members
$12 non-member/guest rate

Apr
2
Thu
Youth Climbing Club
Apr 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Click HERE to sign up for the club
River Rock Youth Climbing Club
9-17 years old
Thursday: 5:30-7 pm

The River Rock Youth Club is for youth climbers looking to explore the sport. Our coaching staff will emphasize the fundamentals of climbing and fitness in a fun and relaxed environment. Club sessions focus on balance, movement, strength training, communication and mental strategy. This program offers a lot less commitment than our competitive team with plenty of opportunity to progress in climbing technique. We provide a 1:5 instructor to youth ratio.

We have two different club climbing ability club levels:
Beginner – Climbing up to V1 bouldering & 5.8 roped routes
Intermediate/Advanced – Climbing V2 bouldering & 5.9 roped routes

2015 Youth Club Session Dates: Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr. 2, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
16 total weeks of program (skips April 9th)

$300 tuition (or $100 month with 3 EFT payments)
10% discount for River Rock Youth Members or add. Siblings (or $90 month with 3 EFT payments)

Bouldering Clinic
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

We recommend this clinic for everyone. We cover proper topping out technique, the importance of active spotting, how to fall on our Futurist bouldering floor, and River Rock policies.

This class is required if you are under the age of 13 in order to top-out in the bouldering section. A parent or legal guardian must attend with you. Once you satisfactorily pass the clinic you are permitted to top-out.

This clinic takes approximately 30 minutes.

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

Pricing:
FREE for everyone!

Scheduling:
Available sessions
Every day of the week at 6pm
(takes approximately 30 minutes)

Belay Class
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In the Basic Belay Course 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 certify 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 13 years old
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:
$20 Adult
$18 Student, Active Military, Public Safety, K-12 Educator
$15 Youth (13-17)
FREE Members of RR Gym
Scheduling:
Available sessions
1st & 3rd Wednesday 12:30 pm
Thursday 7 pm
Saturday/Sunday 4 pm

Click HERE to register

Apr
3
Fri
Homeschool First Friday
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

River Rock Homeschool First Friday’s

10am to 3pm – $10 per person climbing (includes rental gear)

2015 Dates: February 6, March 6, April 3, & May 1

Are you looking for more ways to incorporate P.E. into your homeschool curriculum? Do you want to get your kids more active? Are you looking for new ways for your homeschoolers to socialize with friends? Join us at the River Rock for Homeschool First Friday’s!

Rock climbing is enjoyable for kids of all ages and adults too. Climbing promotes self-esteem, cooperation, self-reliance, endurance, and strength training.
Feel free to use our Community Room to store your personal items or to eat a snack or lunch – we have limited chairs and tables, so first come first served.

Discount Rate of $10 per climber for Homeschoolers – must be at least 5 years old.
Includes: Day Pass and rental gear – normally $18 for youth and $23 for adults (with rental gear). You can arrive as early as 10am, but climbing must end by 3pm.

Please fill out our electronic Visitor Agreement form prior to your arrival at the gym to expedite check-in process. Even those that are not climbing will still need a Visitor Agreement on file with us to enter the facility (chaperones, spectators). Click HERE to visit our visitor agreement page. Expect up to one half hour before climbing for a facility tour and auto-belay orientation – for those that have not been to the facility before. If it has been six months or more since your last visit to the facility we highly recommend you take the tour and auto-belay orientation again. Click HERE to visit our First Visit Guide. Click HERE for our FAQ’s page.

Please be aware of the following for Homeschool First Friday’s:
• Anyone entering the gym must have a completed Release of Liability and Assumption of Risks form on file at the front desk. Minors 17 years or younger must have their Release of Liability and Assumption of Risks form signed by a parent or court appointed legal guardian. No exceptions.
• Unchaperoned drop-offs of any minor 13 or younger are not permitted.
• Adult to participant ratio of youth 5-13 years old must not exceed 1:3, adult to youth. Youth under the age of 14 must be actively supervised by an adult 18 or older. Unsupervised children are not permitted to climb.
• Children under the age of 5 will not be allowed in the active climbing areas and require 1:1 supervision. Those supervising a child under the age of 5 will not count towards supervision of any other youth.
• Parents/Guardians/Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their children or youth they are supervising.
• Any youth 13 and under must be connected/disconnected to an auto-belay device by an auto-belay certified adult 18 years or older.
• All youth 13 and under must pass the boulder clinic in order to top-out in the bouldering section.
• Follow all River Rock Climbing facility rules, policies and staff directions.
• Climbing must end by 3pm or purchase a new daily pass to continue climbing.
Click HERE for all of the River Rock rules and policies


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