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The River Rock offers world class indoor rock climbing in a friendly and fun environment in Roanoke, VA.

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Member’s Only Social & Potluck

Sunday, October 5th, we will be closing the gym...

River Rock Closing Early on Sunday, September 7th

We will be closing at 5pm on Sunday, September...

Announcing our Fall Youth Programs

Please contact the gym (540) 685-2360 or email...

Upcoming River Rock Bouldering Competition – July 19th

2014 Subway Commonwealth Games Bouldering...

Endless Summer Special – HELD OVER until June 14th

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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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to our location

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

What’s Happening at The River Rock

Uttara Yoga
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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All level yoga class.

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

Reach Your Peak Fitness Program (8 week course beginning Sept. 24)
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Reach Your Peak Climbing Training Program

Reach Your Peak (RYP) is an eight-week training program that utilizes a combination of roped climbing and bouldering (non-roped climbing) for climbers to improve their skills and reach their personal fitness goals. The program was developed utilizing auto-belay devices for the roped climbing components, so no need to have a climbing partner (belayer).
Any level of climber can participate! Improve your overall health, improve endurance, rebound from life changing events such as pregnancy or injury, and strengthen already existing skill-sets. Of course, there are other unintended side effects that have been seen from following this program:

• Healthy weight-loss
• Overall feeling of increased “coolness”
• New-found or renewed passion for climbing
• Increased popularity from making new friends at the gym
• Less tired and sluggish at work
• Better nights of sleep
• And more!

Each weekly session will also have additional workouts or “homework” that will require you to make additional visits to the gym before you start the next program week. We recommend that participants are members of the gym for the duration of the 8 week program.
No registration is required. No additional cost to participate over regular admission to the gym or gym membership. Participants will need a climbing harness and climbing shoes to participate (also available for rent).
You can either go it alone or participate as a group in our RYP work-out sessions beginning on Wednesday, September 24th at 6:30pm. Our staff will be available during the organized sessions to answer questions, give support, or help guide technique.

Click HERE to download the RYP Curriculum.

Reach Your Peak sessions*: September 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12
Begins at 6:30pm
(Gym staff will be available from 6:30-7:30pm on above dates)
*”homework” or additional climbing will be required each week

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

River Rock Youth Climbing Club
9-17 years old
Thursday: 5:30-7pm

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. Team workouts 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. Youth Club members must be a youth member of the River Rock during the 12 week program.

Fall 2014 Youth Club Session Dates: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov. 6, 13, 20, & Dec 4, 11
12 total weeks of program

Contact the gym for tuition and billing options (540) 685-2360.

Space is limited—sign up today!
(540) 685-2360

Bouldering Clinic
Oct 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

FREE for everyone!

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

Uttara Yoga
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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All level yoga class.

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

Belay Class
Oct 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

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

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.

Women’s Climbing 101 Class
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Women’s Rock Climbing 101

Just for the ladies and instructed by our female instructor staff; this course is targeted for climbers that want to progress to the next level. Climbing 101 is a comprehensive two-session class designed to equip participants with the necessary skills to efficiently boulder and top rope. You’ll learn about the relevant equipment, terminology, body positioning, and footwork. This course will not only help you in our gym, but also at the natural rock site.

Course Prerequisite: Must be River Rock top rope belay certified.

Course topics

Part I (Bouldering)

Warm-up & pre-climbing stretching
Spotting techniques
Types of falls & how to fall (falling on our flooring system and “crash pads”)
Types of holds
Footwork drills
Topping out / Down climbing

Part II (Top Rope)

Climbing vocabulary
Movement practice
Efficient climbing techniques
Chalking and shaking out
Rope management
Lead Climbing demonstration


$50 Adult

$40 Student, Active Military, Public Safety, K-12 Educator

$25 Members of RR Gym


Available workshops (must attend both scheduled days)

October 2 & 9

7:00 to 9:00pm

Call the gym to sign-up (540) 685-2360. Class size limited, so first come first served. Registration and course payment required to secure spot on roster

Homeschool First Friday
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

River Rock Homeschool First Friday’s

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

2014 Dates: September 5, October 3, November 7, & December 5
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 Waiver form prior to your arrival at the gym to expedite check-in process. Even those that are not climbing will still need a Waiver on file with us to enter the facility (chaperones, spectators). Click HERE to visit our waiver 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

Member’s Only Hours 8:30-10:00am
Oct 4 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Special Member’s Only Hours: 8:30am – 10:00am

Must be a current River Rock Member to access the facility during these times. The gym will open to the public (and remain open to member’s) starting at 10:00am.

Scheduled Birthday Party
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Cove area of the gym and the Community Room will be closed for a private event from 10am-noon. There is still plenty of terrain to climb!

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see the full calendar.