Over 60 indoor climbing gyms are available in Moscow. Indoor climbing is gaining in popularity among sport and outdoor leisure enthusiasts, and the number of these facilities increases from year to year. Almost all gyms offer indoor climbing classes for children aged 4 to 5. Prices for one visit to the gym vary from 300 to 600 RUB; a group session with a coach will cost you from 700 to 1,200 RUB. The fees will be lower if you take out a subscription. All indoor climbing gyms offer rental services. As a rule, you can rent climbing shoes and harness, ropes, chalk (to protect your hands from gliding) and various belay devices. Rental fees are often included in the price in group sessions. When visiting an indoor climbing gym independently, renting climbing equipment will cost you another 300 to 600 RUB.
As of now, Limestone is Russia’s largest indoor climbing gym, with the total area of 800 sq. m. The gym is divided into sections so that beginners, amateurs and professionals do not get in each other’s way. The kids’ zone features simple and safe vertical surfaces. Children under 5 are not allowed here.
If you are a novice at indoor climbing, Trial and Introductory Session services are for you. Trial is a short 30-minute training, including a workout and tree trial сlimbs under the supervision of a coach. The Introductory Session is longer and includes a workout, instructions, trial climbs and climbing without ropes in the main gym. Climbing classes are taught in groups of up to 5 students (registration is required). You can also hire a personal coach or study on your own. Flexible subscriptions, discounts and subsidized tariffs make indoor climbing accessible to everyone. Another big advantage: the gym is open from early morning until late at night.
This climbing gym specializes in bouldering, which is a form of climbing over short, complicated areas. With an area of some 600 sq. m., the gym is, however, good for all forms of indoor climbing. Beginners are offered 20- to 25-minute trial climbing sessions with a coach or an introductory class in a group of up to 6 climbers. The introductory session is 60 to 80 minutes long and includes a workout, instructions, climbing under the supervision of an instructor and cool down exercises. The gym offers climbing classes for beginner adults and children (over 4 years old). Scalatoria also runs O’Scal, a climbing club for young climbers headed by Mikhail Pekarev, a master of sport, champion of Russia and an experienced coach.
One of Moscow’s largest indoor climbing gyms, Rockzona has an area of 600 sq. m. At least seven new tracks are laid out here every week. Everyone – except novice climbers – can choose a track on the gym’s official website before coming here, memorize the location of holds and thus save his or her time and forces while training. Entrance is free of charge for climbing, ice and alpinism professionals. As elsewhere, you can train in small groups or practice indoor climbing on your own. The children’s climbing club O’Scal holds classes here, in addition to Scalatoria. What’s more, Rockzona organizes climbing trips to natural mountaintops for those who have acquired enough climbing experience and want to try their hand at climbing natural walls. An equipment store, a fitness centre and a recreation zone operate on the gym’s premises.
This indoor climbing gym features some one hundred walls of varying complexity for adults, as well as children’s walls. The height of the artificial rock is 12 meters, and the total area of the walls is over 400 sq. m. You can train independently, with a coach or in a group. Climbers are divided into groups by level and training is provided on a flexible schedule. Facilities include a fitness room, a workout zone with wall bars and a ballet bar, and even a banquet area. The gym’s team organizes regular trips to real-life rocks for adults and kids alike. Climbing walls are frequently updated: old holds are taken out and new ones are screwed on the walls to keep regular visitors interested in coming here over and over again.
The height of this gym’s walls – 8 meters – is referred to in its name. The total area of the walls is 300 sq. m. The gym has two halls, one for professional climbing and the other for bouldering. Having opened only recently, X8 has hosted several indoor climbing festivals. It offers many programmes for beginner climbers and welcomes children (6 years old and above). Also, the gym has the Cave Rope Park lit with ultraviolet lamps that create an atmosphere of magic in this place. You can not only climb here, but also celebrate your birthday here.
Indoor climbing gym at Bauman Moscow state technical university
This is one of Moscow’s oldest indoor climbing gyms. The height of the main hall is 12 meters, and climbing requires a partner or a coach. There is also a 4-meter-high small gym, with a variety of surfaces and hooks. The bouldering hall is used for group classes. The gym is open from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on weekdays. Climbing classes are open to children over 7 years of age. Climbers over 18 years old can train on their own.
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