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Building Roanoke's Climbing Community

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

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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

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Be sure to read our
Rules and Regulations.

What’s Happening at The River Rock

Member’s Only Hours 8-10 am
Sep 28 @ 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!

Youth Club
Sep 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 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. Sign up here!

All-Level Yoga
Sep 28 @ 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.

Core & Strength Training Class
Sep 29 @ 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

Youth Team
Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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 2 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. Sign up for
Youth Team Try Outs here.

Top Out Clinic
Sep 29 @ 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

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

Thursday and Saturday, 6pm

All-Level Yoga
Sep 29 @ 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.

Belay Class
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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

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!
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!

Homeschool Friday
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

If you are a Homeschooler, 5-17 years old, join us for Homeschool Friday. Now every Friday during the Fall semester!

Runs September 2 through December 16. Will not be offered November 25.

$10 pass with rental gear included.
Identify what Homeschool Network you are with to receive the discount.

Please note you must be aware of our youth supervision policies prior to visiting our facility. Click HERE for our youth specific rules.

Spread the word so we can offer this great deal again in the Spring!

Climbing in Overhangs
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Climbing in Overhangs clinic is designed to help climbers move their skills to steeper walls. Do you find yourself struggling on the same grades in roofs more than you do on vertical walls? This class is for you! We will take you through some new techniques and movement styles to help you overcome those overhangs. Climbers are recommended to have completed some 5.8 or V0 climbs. 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.

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see the full calendar.