Looking for like-minded people to climb with? Join us for Boulders & Brunch, every Sunday morning from 10am to noon. All skill levels are welcome! Often a staff member will be around to climb with you and offer any tips to get you on the wall and having a good time. After climbing head over to brunch next door at the Wasena City Tap Room (it’s quite delicious!).
If you are not a member of the gym we have a special $10 pass with rental gear included from 10am-noon.
Best Sunday morning ever? Most certainly!
If you have never led before, or it’s been awhile since you have, then this class is for you! In our lead climbing class you will learn all the fundamentals of leading and lead belaying.This course is six total hours. Rental harness and shoes are provided in course fee if needed. Following the workshop participants must successfully pass the lead climbing and lead belay test in order to gain access to participation in lead climbing and/or belaying in the River Rock gym. Course Prerequisite: Must be currently climbing at a 5.9 top rope level and checked off to top rope belay at the River Rock.
Space is limited and registration is required. Register HERE.
$35 for members
$60 for non-members (day pass and rental gear not included)
Risk assessment factors
Falling potential and forces
Acceptable clipping techniques and methods
Identify clipping hazards and dangers
Lead rope management and body placement
Belay techniques using the Petzl Grigri method
Arresting a fall
Lowering a climber
This clinic is specifically designed for, and required for, youth under the age of 14 who want to learn how to top out in our bouldering area. It takes approximately 30 minutes. A parent or court appointed legal guardian must be present.
• How to fall
• Proper top-out techniques
• Active spotting
• Review of River Rock bouldering policies
This clinic is $1 (day pass and rental gear not included).
Saturday and Sunday, 3:30pm
In the Basic Belay Class you will work with our instructor and learn the technique of belaying. After taking the class and before your first time climbing, you will be required to take a belay test showing the staff that you have retained all the information and skills necessary. Taking this class and successfully passing the belay test will enable you to belay climbers in the gym.
This course takes approximately an hour and a half. Rental harness and shoes are provided in course fee if needed.
Course Prerequisite: participants must be at least 14 years old
Sign up for it HERE!
Knot craft and harness tie-in
BUS Belay method
Use of a Petzl ATC and Grigri
Arresting a fall
Lowering a climber
Basic climbing technique
Climbing rating system
FREE – River Rock Members
$50 for class with a 1-week membership included – this great deal begins the day you take your belay class. All the benefits to being a member are included; you can come take one of our many instructional or fitness classes, not to mention coming back to climb as many times as you’d like within the 1 week time frame. When you return to become belay verified bring a friend! You get 1 free guest pass (rental gear included) with the 1-week membership, so when you test out you now have a climbing partner you can belay!
1st and 3rd Wednesday 12:30 pm
Thursday 7 pm
Saturday/Sunday 4 pm
Be aware: It is really hard to teach someone how to belay without a person at the other end of the rope. The River Rock can’t provide you a climber to take the belay class. The instructor will be on the ground working with the belay class. If there is more than one person in the class, no problem. The class participants can climb for each other.
If you are the only person registered you will need to provide a climber. We will not charge for your climber during the class time and will provide them with all of the equipment necessary. Contact the gym if you have any questions (540) 685-2360.
Sign up for it HERE!
Every Sunday from 5 – 8 pm try out slacklining. Increase your balance and have fun while you do it! Just $10 and includes a pass to climb from 5-8 pm and rental gear if you need it – climb or slackline, your choice.
The River Rock Youth Club is for youth climbers looking to explore the sport. Our coaching staff will emphasize the fundamentals of climbing and fitness in a fun and relaxed environment. Club sessions focus on balance, movement, strength training, communication and mental strategy. This program offers a lot less commitment than our competitive team with plenty of opportunity to progress in climbing technique.
Due to the popularity of the program, we are now offering two sessions: Mondays for kids aged 11-14, and Wednesdays for kids aged 7-10.
Spring Season: January 22 through April 23, excluding April 2.
Meets Mondays from 5:30-7 pm.
Sign up here!
The class will utilize kettlebells and bodyweight to deliver a powerful combination of exercises that will build lean muscle, burn fat, and strengthen your core. The hour will be separated into three parts: warm-up, proper mobility and positioning, and moderate intensity to high volume exercises. This class is perfect for the beginner but can be modified to the individual’s needs, should they feel too challenged or not challenged enough.
Tues. Evening 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Tues. & Thurs. Morning 6:30 – 7:30 am
Free for River Rock Members or $12 drop in rate.
All level Tai Ji class instructed by Alan Armstrong of the Discovering Monkey School of Qigong and Taijiquan.
Every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm. Free for gym members, $12 non-member/guest rate.
Our Youth Competitive Climbing Team welcomes youth of all skill levels looking to challenge themselves in a competitive climbing format. Competition climbing is an exciting individual sport which promotes physical strength and confidence. In addition, climbing helps youth build lasting friendships and a good work ethic. As a member of the Team, you will participate in two 2 hour practices a week and participate in a number of local bouldering or sport climbing competitions with the opportunity to progress to regional and national competitions. Participation in the competitive Team is by coaches’ invitation.
Spring Season: January 30 – May 3, excluding April 3 and 5.
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30pm.
Sign up for Youth Team Try Outs here.
River Rock Climbing is an indoor climbing gym in Roanoke, Va Voted Best Climbing Gym in the Blue Ridge four years running, the River Rock aims to be the hub of the Roanoke region’s climbing community by providing incredible climbing, instruction, and service to complete beginners and seasoned experts alike.