In­door Walls for T.O.’s East End Climbers

Gripped - - THE GYM - Gripped

The Toronto Climb­ing Academy opened its doors in 1993, a few years af­ter Joe Rock­head’s started up. For 16 years they were at the same lo­ca­tion at Queen and Broad­view and served as a base­camp for Toronto east-end climbers. In 2010, they had to move lo­ca­tions and start fresh and things have been go­ing great ever since.

The new gym fea­tures walls by Rock­w­erx, new holds and plenty of climb­ing space. Skep­tics were quickly con­vinced that the fresh paint, new tex­ture and clever an­gles were a fine re­place­ment for an ag­ing build­ing.

There are chim­neys, over­hangs, ver­ti­cal walls, slabs and some walls sim­u­late real rock. There is plenty of nat­u­ral light, which is a change from some gyms that are in old boxy ware­houses. The boul­der­ing is spread over a large area with room to fall and prob­lems set from easy to hard.

The gym is close to the Don Val­ley Park­way and a reg­u­lar stop for many com­mut­ing north to south. If you find your­self in Toronto’s east end and look­ing for a pump, look no farther.—

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