The Stronghold Climbing Gym

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Prerequisites: None

BOULDERING 101

All the bouldering basics, including starting & completing climbs, falling, grading, and more! For ages 14+.

FIRST TIME bouldering?

Bouldering is a form of climbing in which our only protection is the mat or crash pad below. There are no ropes or harnesses involved, and the tallest boulder is 16 ft. You can boulder on your own or with friends, and all you’ll need are climbing shoes and some chalk. Take our Bouldering 101 class to learn all the basics of bouldering, or get started on your own after a five-minute bouldering orientation from our staff! Our Echo Park location is exclusively a bouldering gym, while our Lincoln Heights location offers both bouldering and roped climbing. Visiting with kids? Check our notes on that here.

how to fall 101

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1. Slightly bend your knees and tuck your arms as you make contact with the mat.

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2. Don't use your hands and/or arms to try and break your fall!

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3. Roll smoothly from your feet to your bottom to your backside.

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4. Move away from the wall to clear the fall zone for other climbers.

clear the landing zone!

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1. If you're not climbing, stand clear of the wall to stay out of the fall zone.

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2. Always look up for other climbers as you pass climbing areas.

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INTERESTED IN ROPE CLIMBING?

Learn the essentials you need to start top roping in the gym! For ages 14+. No experience required.

Grading system

Our grading system, setting schedule, and more can be found at Routesetting.

Interested in rope climbing?

Our Lincoln Heights location offers several types of roped climbing, equipped with 10 autobelays, and walls ranging from about 30-50ft.

THE THINGS WE GET ASKED A LOT

Check out our FAQ for more answers to the questions you may have!
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