Fit Rocks

New Brunswick’s Big­gest Gym

Gripped - - THE GYM - Gripped

New Brunswick is home to many East Coast climbers, with its great sum­mer rock climb­ing and short ap­proaches. A new climb­ing gym was a long time com­ing and lo­cals are happy that they have some­where to train. Fit Rocks opened in March of this year and is now the big­gest gym in the Mar­itimes. There was a time when climbers never imag­ined there be­ing so many climb­ing gyms in Canada, es­pe­cially in ar­eas with pop­u­la­tions less than 100,000 peo­ple. Lo­cated in Monc­ton, Fit Rocks has lead walls and a big boul­der­ing space. The fa­cil­ity is on Baig Boule­vard near down­town. The gym is owned by Derek and Amanda MacIn­tyre. Af­ter their daugh­ter was born, they were look­ing for a fun busi­ness to own. Af­ter try­ing climb­ing in 2016, Derek knew that a climb­ing gym in Monc­ton was a no brainer. The gym is not big com­pared to gyms far­ther west, but is a good start for the At­lantic re­gion. There are a few auto be­lays, an augmented climb­ing wall video game sys­tem and stan­dard ex­er­cise equip­ment. At first, Amanda and Derek were un­sure if there was a de­mand for the gym, but af­ter an­nounc­ing it on­line, it was ob­vi­ous there was a lot of sup­port.

One of their big­gest ideas is a Cana­di­an­wide high school climb­ing league. While it might be am­bi­tious to think na­tion-wide in their f irst year of busi­ness, lo­cal schools Riverview High School, Monc­ton High School, Har­ri­son Trim­ble High School and Ber­nice MacNaughton High School have all agreed to par­tic­i­pate.

As the city of Monc­ton con­tin­ues to grow, the num­ber of climbers will surely in­crease thanks to the ef­forts of the MacIn­tyre’s. They have a num­ber of youth pro­grams and camps. Fit Rocks is just one more proof that climb­ing gyms can be suc­cess­ful in ar­eas climbers never imag­ined there be­ing a gym. If you’re on the East Coast, be sure to check it out.— There are some great climb­ing ar­eas in New Brunswick. There fol­low­ing are 10 that would be must-climbs any­where in Canada.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Tom’s Route 5.4 at Ea­gle Rock Stair­way to Heaven 5.7 at Cochrane Lane Snakepeel 5.7 at Cochrane Lane Magic X 5.8 at McQuirks Moun­tain Wheep­ing Whisker 5.9 at Cochrane Lane DDT 5.9 at Cochrane Lane Tor­pe­does and Jel­ly­fish 5.10b at Cedar Point Fifty Mis­sion Cap 5.10c at McQuirks Moun­tain 9. Evo­lu­tion 5.11c at Cochrane Lane 10. Corni­fluge 5.12b at Mount Dou­glas


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