faq
PLANNING YOUR FIRST VISIT?

If it’s your first time climbing at Up The Bloc, get started by signing an online waiver here

WHAT IS BOULDERING?

Bouldering is a dynamic style of climbing that sets you free from ropes and harnesses. The only equipment you need in bouldering is a pair of climbing shoes and chalk to help keep your hands dry.

Bouldering at Up The Bloc is organized into circuits. Each circuit consists of 7-8 problems that challenge a variety of climbing skills. The wall and volumes create a canvas on which each boulder problem is set. Each problem is marked with a START and TOP tag to indicate the circuit level.

IS BOULDERING A GOOD WORKOUT?

Yes! Bouldering is a great workout. The bouldering at Up The Bloc is specifically designed to provide you with a great physical and mental workout. While one problem might require power and strength, another might require delicate and precise movement to reach the top.

In addition to a great workout, climbing is a lot of fun. Climbing is a social activity that has a supportive and vibrant community. Climbers often chat and cheer for each other as they climb to the top.

New climbers often find themselves addicted to the sport after one session so it’s not a surprise that the sport is rapidly growing. The main reason for the exponential growth of the sport is its accessibility. Anyone can start bouldering with minimal instruction and equipment.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FALL?

Taking a fall is a normal part of bouldering. Our climbing walls are designed to ensure your feet are never more than 10 feet off of the ground. The seamless floor padding provides a landing zone on thick, comfortable mats.

DO I NEED TO TAKE A LESSON/BOOK?

You don’t need a lesson to start climbing. Up The Bloc welcomes all drop-ins without prior appointments. However, we do recommend that large groups call ahead. By calling ahead, we can prepare to get you setup and climbing right away.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING/DO ON MY FIRST DAY?

For your first day climbing at Up The Bloc, new climbers should bring:

  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Socks to wear in rental shoes
  • Flip flops or sandals to wear around the gym
  • A refillable water bottle (though, we do sell bottled water if you forget)

At Up The Bloc, we have climbing shoes and chalk available rent.