Vic­to­ria’s Boul­der­ing Train­ing Ground

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Boul­derHouse Climb­ing is a cut­ting-edge boul­der­ing gym in Vic­to­ria on Van­cou­ver Is­land. One of the co-own­ers is Jean Marc de la Plante, who is behind Up the Bloc in On­tario, Allez Up in Que­bec and Seven Bays Boul­der­ing in Nova Sco­tia. The other coowner is Robert So­m­o­gyi, orig­i­nally from Cal­gary, who has been climb­ing for 25 years.

The 5,000 square foot fa­cil­ity has a 30- me­tre long World Cup-style wall. In fact, the wall was used in the 2015 Toronto World Cup. It has a va­ri­ety of an­gles and uti­lizes over 70 vol­umes to cre­ate fun prob­lems.

Boul­derHouse climb­ing fo­cuses on eight boul­der­ing cir­cuits de­signed to give a one-ofa-kind climb­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. “At Boul­derHouse we in­vite you to plan your ses­sions around each com­plete cir­cuit,” said de la Plante. “We give ex­tra props for peo­ple who are able to com­plete the cir­cuit of their level in one ses­sion. We think this a re­ally fun way to climb but for those who don’t, you can just en­joy each prob­lem for what it is, just like the old days.”

They have more than 3,500 holds to set their routes from. “By en­cour­ag­ing our com­mu­nity to progress through each com­plete cir­cuit, our vi­sion is to help ev­ery climber, at ev­ery level, de­velop a well-rounded set of skills,” said de la Plante. “To keep you mo­ti­vated and chal­lenged in new ways, we change the cir­cuits weekly. From our be­gin­ner yel­low cir­cuit to the ad­vanced pink cir­cuit, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

When asked what in­spires him in the climb­ing in­dus­try, de la Plante said, “Trans­form­ing old dank spa­ces into climb­ing gyms.” Boul­derHouse is wel­comed ad­di­tion to the grow­ing num­ber of climb­ing gyms in B.C. For an in­ter­view with de la Plante, see p.10.– Ad­dress: 2829 Ques­nel St., Vic­to­ria, B.C. V8T 4K2 Phone: 778.265.934 Web­site: boul­

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