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How much is too much for your climbing gym?


master gumby · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 151
Tradiban wrote: Lol, it's close to $100/month for one person here in SoCal. Nice gyms though.

Anyone quit their gym recently because of price increase?

Didn't cancel my membership, instead I sold my rack and all my climbing gear so i could keep pulling on plastic.

Nawamean?!
Eric Carlos · · depends · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 40
j sittler wrote: $100/month or $270/ 3 months in Carbondale, CO...for bouldering only, no weights, etc. But everyone is so excited to finally have a gym (previous closest was 1.5hours to Grand Junction) so its always packed. At least with those prices I can now be both a dumpster-diving dirtbag and a gym climber!

Yeah and about that GJ gym.........

mkclimb · · Western Colorado · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 416

$75/month where I'm at. 

gblauer Blauer · · Wayne, PA · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 1,005

$66.66 per month for access to all Gravity Vault gyms.  

dragons · · MWV, NH · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 666

TLDR: we pay $14/day. I'm not going to answer "how much is too much?". If I say $X is too much, they'll raise the rates to $(X-1).

The bf and I climb at Salt Pump in Maine. It's a very nice gym, with good route-setting, excellent and friendly staff, and nice clean/new facilities. $14/day is reasonable, although obviously I wish it were less.

We buy a punchcard which gets you 11 days at the gym. Usually the punchcard is $175, but since we are members of the AAC, we get a 10% discount (IIRC). So with the discount, it's about $14/day. It's well worth it to stay in reasonable climbing shape over the winter. I'd buy a membership, but the gym is so far away (~ 1.5 h each way) that it's not feasible to go more than once a week. And if we miss a week somehow, the punchcard is definitely a better deal than the membership.

Tradiban · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2004 · Points: 11,460

I find that I'm just sick of the gym thing. I think it has a lot to do with the casual crowd in there. They don't really climb they just hangout and call themselves "climbers". I find most of them totally obnoxious. Climbing is serious business!

master gumby · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 151
Tradiban wrote: I find that I'm just sick of the gym thing. I think it has a lot to do with the casual crowd in there. They don't really climb they just hangout and call themselves "climbers". I find most of them totally obnoxious. Climbing is serious business!

its more of a meat shop than anything with all of the yoga pants and dudes (shirts off of course) who only lift weights but do it at climbing gyms now because of the girl to guy ratios....

Choss Chasin' · · Torrance, CA · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 25
Tradiban wrote: I find that I'm just sick of the gym thing. I think it has a lot to do with the casual crowd in there. They don't really climb they just hangout and call themselves "climbers". I find most of them totally obnoxious. Climbing is serious business!

The most serious endeavor ever undertaken!

To be honest I'm over climbing gyms myself as well.  The air quality usually sucks and they have gotten so crowded over the past 13 years.  Thankfully I'm not broke as fuck like I used to be so I'm just building a damn wall in my backyard.  Only 10' tall but 20' wide with a top out and you can traverse around the entire thing (about 50' for a full circuit) for endurance training.  So I guess my answer is that I would pay thousands to NOT climb at a gym!
Sirius · · Oakland, CA · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 611

Here in Oakland, with the Sierra @ 3 hours and Yosemite @ 3.5, gyms can be key here depending on your needs.

For a Touchstone pass I paid $891 up front for 12 months, or $74.25/mo. If you pay by month it's $84, + $100 initiation if you're new or returning from having cancelled your membership. $10/mo to freeze, I think.

Includes a free membership for our girl til she's 12, one guest pass per month plus one Fri night when members can bring a friend for free, what I find to be generally good route setting, high enough walls though you always want higher, a good lead cave and a good bouldering cave at our home gym Berkeley Ironworks. Sauna, classes, etc but like others I don't use those much. Good imo array of hangboards and weights.

With this membership you can go to any Touchstone gym. There's another a 15 min bike ride away in downtown Oakland, in SF, and semi-confirmed rumors of another to be opened in West Oakland in future. This is important because god damn has it gotten crowded. The lead cave is generally not too crowded, but the bouldering walls and the top ropes get swamped at peak hours. We need that third gym here in the east bay to ease the crowding.

J Squared · · santa barbara, CA · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 0

damn. this thread (and the air quality one) sure makes me feel lucky as hell about the gym I go to.

the yearly offer is ~$400
monthly is 65, and a frequent flyer program lets you earn 2 or 3 free months per year if you go often enough.

caesar.salad · · earth · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 75

above $0

kevin deweese · · Oakland, Ca · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 435

As long as it's cheaper than a month of therapy, it's worth it to me economically

David Dentry · · San Francisco, CA · Joined Oct 2018 · Points: 31

San Jose, CA (Same Touchstone chain as Sirius above) 

"Family Membership"
$84/Parent 1
$74/Parent 2
$74/Children (13-17)
$0/Children (0-12)

My older son and I pay a total of $158/mo which is crazy, but since the younger two kids (under 13) get in free it sort of averages out. We climb there 2 or 3 times a week since it's only five minutes from the house. Decent gym, lots of routes and never too crowded at the times we go (mid-afternoon or weekend mornings). 

other · · San Diego, CA · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 15

The better gym is $90 per month. The cheap old small gym is $59/month.
Punch cards are the way to go.

John Vanek · · Gardnerville, NV · Joined May 2013 · Points: 0

Full price walk in day pass at Planet Granite in Belmont, CA is $25! I visit twice a month while on business. Mesa Rim , Reno day pass is $17. MR is three times the size, you aren’t climbing over each other, and best of all, it’s not the Bay Area. Location, location, location,,,

Chris Johnson · · Boulder, CO · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0
other wrote: The better gym is $90 per month. The cheap old small gym is $59/month.
Punch cards are the way to go.

While I'd love the option of going to the gym that has auto belays on the days I want to work endurance, I can't swallow the punchcards. They're still ~$17-$19 per visit. I just checked the last full month on my climbing tracker and I went 19 days. That averages out to be under $4 a visit for my $75 per month. 

And that's the heart of my threshold. If I'm using the gym a lot, I'll pay more (though $75 is definitely getting close). At $90 or so, I'd consider pausing it during the warmer months. At $100, I'd look at other options. 
Aleks Zebastian · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 175

climbing friend,

gym of grand valley climbing center, region of grand junction, co, piloted new rip off policy some whiles back of charging you $8 to utilize them lead ropes, in addition to what you have already paid! great odin's raven, may they see the error of their ways!

Eric Carlos · · depends · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 40
Aleks Zebastian wrote: climbing friend,

gym of grand valley climbing center, region of grand junction, co, piloted new rip off policy some whiles back of charging you $8 to utilize them lead ropes, in addition to what you have already paid! great odin's raven, may they see the error of their ways!

Be careful saying anything remotely negative about GVC.  You might get facebook stalked by the owner and several nasty emails asking you to remove those remotely negative comments.  It is a legitimate possibility.  

Jake Jones · · Richmond, VA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 1,734
Aleks Zebastian wrote: climbing friend,

gym of grand valley climbing center, region of grand junction, co, piloted new rip off policy some whiles back of charging you $8 to utilize them lead ropes, in addition to what you have already paid! great odin's raven, may they see the error of their ways!

Do they allow you to bring your own rope?  If not, then that is a ripoff.  Most of the gyms I've been to that offer lead ropes do so for free- especially the ones that require you to use their ropes (which is only one that I'm aware of).  If the ropes are in good shape, and they offer you the option to bring your own, then I don't see the issue with charging for lead ropes.  They're not free and they should get changed out frequently.  Some places they do, some don't.  I bring my own rope because more often than not, the lead ropes at the gyms I climb at either have dead spots and sheath slippage bad enough to make the rope look like an elephant trunk when you lower, or they're thick enough to hold up a suspension bridge.  Plus I prefer to know the history of the cord I'm climbing on. YMMV.

simplyput . · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 60
Sirius wrote:and semi-confirmed rumors of another to be opened in West Oakland in future. This is important because god damn has it gotten crowded. The lead cave is generally not too crowded, but the bouldering walls and the top ropes get swamped at peak hours. We need that third gym here in the east bay to ease the crowding.

Grapevine says GW closes when West O opens.. hope that’s not gospel...

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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