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Best Indoor Rock Climbing In Pittsburgh

February 13, 2010 9:52 PM

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Just because it’s been frigid outside, doesn’t mean climbing enthusiasts have to forego their favorite sport! Indoor rock climbing walls give them a chance to practice year-round — even during Pittsburgh’s cold winters! Here are some of the most popular indoor rock climbing walls near Pittsburgh.

The Climbing Wall

7501 Penn Avenue; Point Breeze
(412) 247-7334
www.theclimbingwall.net

Climbing enthusiasts will love The Climbing Wall. This facility offers more than 14,000 square feet of climbing space, making every ascent a little different. Walk-ins are welcome, and anyone from first-timers to seasoned pros can literally climb the walls. There are even discounts available. Every Wednesday is Ladies Night, and women can climb for half price.

Climb North

2468 Wildwood Rd
Allison Park, Pa. 15101
(412) 487-2145
www.climbnorth.com

Located in the North Hills, Climb North’s motto is “Keep Pittsburgh Climbing.” Their 5,000 square foot facility offers all types of climbs and instruction for beginners. There are 30 routes to the top of the wall at different degrees of difficulty. They even offer bouldering and special courses for advanced climbers that feature cracks, chimneys and laybacks.

Exkursion Outfitters

4123 Wm Penn Hwy
Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146
(412) 372-7030
www.exkursion.com

This family-owned business has been around since 1974. If you’re already a fan of indoor rock climbing and thinking of taking the sport outdoors, Exkursion Outfitters has classes to help you make the transition. Their facility features a 13-foot vertical wall with an 8-foot overhang. The wall has Metolius macro tiles, finger cracks and handjam cracks to help you adjust to climbing in the great outdoors.

Jumonville Ben Cromer Adventure Center

887 Jumonville Rd.
Hopwood, Pa. 15445
(724) 439-4912
www.jumonville.org

This Christian camp located in the Laurel Highlands has a large bouldering room with over 5,000 square feet. If you want to work on your bouldering, you’ll enjoy their friction slabs, overhangs, rappelling station and straight walls. They even have a treadwall and activities for every skill level.


REI (Honorable Mention)


412 S. 27th Street; South Side
(412) 488-9410
www.rei.com

Located on Pittsburgh’s South Side, the REI store offers classes so even the little ones can get into climbing. Adults and even groups can join in the fun too. REI Pittsburgh Pinnacle is a 34-foot replica of the famed Castleton Tower in Utah. Castleton Tower is known as one of America’s best climbing spots. Classes are free to REI members and their families, and it costs just $20 to join.

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