Boulderz is a very extraordinary climbing gym in many ways. I still remember the first time I came here and saw a couple of people sipping they espressos. I froze and I asked a girl standing next to me if I’m at the right place or if I entered a cafe instead. It was the first gym that served something other than protein shakes. She giggled and replied that the community spirit is very strong here, at Boulderz, and serving freshly brewed coffee belongs to their culture. It wasn’t my only first at the gym.
You are surely wondering what is it that sets Boulderz apart from other climbing gyms in the GTA. Judging by its name, Bouldez is a one purpose gym. You are here to train and become strong, push your limits further every time you put your foot against the wall. Bouldering is about letting your fear on the ground and climbing towards new horizons. How far do you dare to climb without being secured? How much can your body and mind handle?
The gym can’t be compared to any other gym for its roof heigh and number of ropes, so this is yet another first.
Boulderz is a small and cozy gym tucked into a commercial area at Landsdowne Ave. and Dupont St.. Despite its size the gym can offer you a true outdoor climbing experience when it comes to the variety and level of problems. There is a decent sized cave extending to a long overhang area that will surely give you a serious core workout. On the other side of the gym there is a section of flat vertical, great for warming up. Within the sea of holds on the walls, problems are set with coloured tape where each colour covers a different range of grades, i.e. blue and pink cover V0-V1. There are several route setters, adding variety to the types of bouldering problems you’ll find. Given the smaller size of the gym there is chance that holds on your path will overlap with some other. Be careful and always look around for fellow climbers. There’s also no texture to the plywood structures. Aside from the holds, it’s smooth as glass, which means if you were planning to smear your foot or press against the wall for some added stability, you won’t find that grip you were looking for.
Boulderz is great for building up your climbing-specific strength. The workout area on the second level has a treadmill-wall: holds mounted to a treadmill-like belt that moves along creating an ‘infinite’ wall on which to build endurance. There’s also a full complement of hangboards, fingerboards, free weights, and a Moon Board – a training program developed by legendary climber Ben Moon.
The gym has a number of single person change rooms, a shower area, and a foot-wash station, so you’re covered for any après bouldering activities you may have planned.
Your First Visit
Waivers are filled out on site at Boulderz, or you can print them off from their website and fill them out in advance. This is a very straightforward process that when completed gives you full access to the gym, provided you follow the rules, which are clearly laid out for you by the friendly staff on your first check-in. A day visit will cost you $12.39 + HST for adults, with Youth, Child and Family pricing available. If you’re planning on trying out the extended routes and need to make use of the short top-ropes, then you’ll have to demonstrate your knowledge to the staff, free of charge.
Boulderz is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day), and has seasonal hours.
- Incredibly friendly atmosphere
- Great staff
- Free parking
- Excellent training area
- Good variety of problems for building strength and technique
- Little texture on the plywood surfaces
- Smaller footprint could be crowded on a busy night, both on and off the walls
If short, powerful routes aren’t appealing to you and you’d prefer to climb upwards most of the time, then you won’t find what you’re looking for here. But if you haven’t been bouldering before, or want to take your bouldering to a new level, then make the trip to visit Boulderz Climbing Center and start training hard.
Phone: (416) 516-6666