The Gym

On­tario’s New­est Boul­der­ing Gym

Gripped - - CONTENTS - by Noah Walker

Boul­der Parc, Toronto

At the start of 2020, On­tario’s new­est boul­der­ing gym opened its doors. Boul­der Parc in Scar­bor­ough is owned by Michael But, Ed­win Chang, Mike Chien, Ma­bel Law and Ben­son Li. They came to­gether with route­set­ters Ja­son Dion­i­sio, Mar­sha Chan, Wes Moore and Matt Chap­man to create a cut­ting-edge fa­cil­ity close to the heart of the prov­ince’s cap­i­tal. Chap­man is also the head coach of the gym’s com­pet­i­tive team. One of the main at­trac­tions are the Im­pact Climb­ing walls that are built in Mil­ton. The dark stain pro­motes a nat­u­ral es­thetic that cre­ates a chill but inspiring en­vi­ron­ment.

The fa­cil­ity has a base of On Site mats, which are also Cana­dian made and come from Mon­treal. “We want to grow the Cana­dian climb­ing com­mu­nity,” said Chang. “We feel proud to sup­port Cana­dian busi­ness.” Scat­tered around the mats are bags with free chalk. The check-in area and most of the train­ing area were con­structed in-house by Dion­i­sio and his lo­cal busi­ness Mo­saic Maker Works. There are four cam­pus boards that are lo­cated ad­ja­cent to an in­verted stair­case. The train­ing tool is one of the only up­side-down stair­cases in the Toronto area and fea­tures cam­pus rungs at­tached to the steps.

Boul­der Parc also fea­tures a reg­u­la­tion, hy­drauli­cally ad­justable ten­sion board with wooden holds. The route­set­ting fo­cuses on holds and static moves, not just comp­style park­our prob­lems. The vol­umes serve to change the an­gle of the wall in­stead of op­er­at­ing as holds them­selves, like in many comps. The grad­ing is ac­cu­rate – within half-a-grade of what is posted.

Along with the old-school set­ting, Boul­der Parc also has com­pe­ti­tion-style boul­ders of all dif­fi­cul­ties. The four­point starts are marked by pink tape and of­fer a fun way to test your skills. There is also a 40 -de­gree spray wall that fea­tures the Stokt app, so climbers can make and record their own prob­lems. The train­ing area in­cludes three of the best hang­boards in the world: the Beast­maker 2000, the Ten­sion Grind­stone Pro and the Trans­gres­sion Board. With other ath­letic equip­ment and a metal cage for cal­is­then­ics train­ing, the fa­cil­ity is more than ready to meet the needs of the mod­ern gym climber.

Af­ter you’re done climb­ing, feel free to lounge in the seat­ing area. Boul­der Parc also sells pre­mium cof­fee and snacks. Al­though it’s al­ready home to some of On­tario’s strong­est climbers, it’s a place of equal­ity and com­fort be­tween peo­ple of all back­grounds and climb­ing lev­els. It is def­i­nitely worth a visit.

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