Grand River Rocks, Kitchener

4.8
#4 of 23 in Fun & Games in Region of Waterloo
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4.8
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  • August 8, 2017
    What a great place for a team event. The staff were friendly and accommodating - there really isn't anything else like it around! The instructor was well versed and assisted a group of varied degrees ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    I can't say enough good things about Grand River Rocks! The community of climbers fostered at the gym is amazing. I have made so many friends just by showing up and climbing. These people are friendly...  more »
  • May 28, 2017
    I haven't been rock climbing in years. This place reintroduced me to the sport and made it so exciting! The staff is nice, the place is well maintained, and overall GRR is just a really good atmospher...  more »
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  • May 13, 2017
    I have been to a few gyms in Ontario and I have enjoyed them all, however Grand River Rocks draws me back time and time again. The staff are always friendly, the gym is huge and the route selection is perfect for a wide range of skill level. The patrons are friendly and always willing to give adice on gear and beta. The owners are constantly at the gym climbing with their friends and socializing with the patrons, all of them are very friendly and they make all new comers feel very welcome. I feel very lucky to have such a 5 star facility in my town. I really can't say enough about how great this climbing gym is.
  • April 12, 2017
    Good place to go if you're around Kitchener. Some things I'd say can be improved: - the bouldering could be more aggressive. I understand there is a bouldering cave, but when I visited there were only two routes on the cave. Overall comparing the problems to climbers rock or true north climbing, they aren't nearly as technical (for the earlier levels) and that kind of takes away the fun of solving them. - no boulder grades? So many of the 'intermediate' climbs feel like beginner routes while others feel very challenging. There are also some 'advanced' problems that feel super easy. I really-really think they should adopt the V-scale, it would make progression a lot better for people trying to improve. - the mats in the second room are pretty bad for falls. Unless you fall very carefully, you will hurt your ankle on the way down. This sucks because it essentially means you can't try any risky moves on problems in that room Besides that GRR is a solid gym. My complaints have no bearing for first time visitors or rope-climbers. These are just some things I would like improved in the future.
  • July 3, 2017
    Great for kids. Didn't cost a fortune. A great family activity.
  • June 28, 2017
    Great place. Watching grandson climb is amazing. Good supervision and lots of encouragement from the staff.
  • June 10, 2017
    Great route setting and bouldering. Routes get changed up regularly. Filled with good people.

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