Rocktown Climbing Gym - Oklahoma City, OK - Climbing Magazine

Rocktown Climbing Gym - Oklahoma City, OK


Where is it?Rocktown Climbing Gym200 SE 4th StreetOKC, OK 73129

About: Rocktown Climbing Gym is a social enterprise committed to providing a safe, pleasant and adventurous climbing environment for all. It is our mission to enhance our community as well as to effect positive social change through rock climbing and climbers in particular.

We welcome avid climbers and novices, young and old, individuals and families, religious, educational, civic and corporate groups. We offer climbing instruction, group services, event and party packages, team building activities, health and wellness programs and much more.

Through cost conscious management, “green” building and operating practices and volunteer labor, Rocktown plans to significantly improve and expand the gym creating a world-class climbing facility for our community.

Rocktown is a cooperative effort between Touchstone Youth Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Aaron and Lisa Gibson. Touchstone Youth Project is the majority owner of Rocktown and the Gibsons hold a minority interest.

The mission of Touchstone is to serve youth through adventure-based education, mentoring and life skills cultivation. Touchstone operates after-school programs and summer day camps at Rocktown. Low-income youth participate at no cost.

Your patronage of Rocktown helps to fund Touchstone. All of Touchstone's share of Rocktown's profits are used for charitable program expenses and facility improvement and expansion. Rocktown's fee based services will help Touchstone achieve its goal of becoming a self-sustaining nonprofit organization.

Rocktown and Touchstone are very grateful to the volunteers who have helped us achieve our missions. You can help by volunteering to mentor Touchstone youth, assisting in gym improvement and expansion, and helping us achieve a safe and pleasant environment for all.

What's in it?Rocktown Climbing Gym is housed in a grain elevator made up of 16 full silos and in-between rooms. We have climbs up to 90 feet tall and 140 in total length.

The silo walls are perfect for long climbs and give you a true sense of what it feels like to be really high off the ground.

Another advantage of being in an all concrete facility is that we are able to establish a number of routes on the outside of the building. Currently we have 9 routes outside and will be establishing several more over the next year. In fact, out of the total available climbing surface we have only used a small fraction - we have a whole other set of silos which we have only partially developed.

In the past year we have opened several new rooms to climbing and added a number of new lines.

What are your age requirements? In August 2009 we launched the Oklahoma Climbing Club-Team as a means for youth from ages 5-18 to learn and develop climbing skills. The Club meets twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 pm. There are three experienced climbers/coaches which run the Club and work with the kids to develop fundamental safety and climbing skills. The Club operates on a month-to-month registration basis and enrollment is limited to 10 climbers per month. Cost is $70/month. For additional information you may contact the gym.

Hours: Monday: Friday: 2 pm - 10 pm Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm

BONUS: Additional Members ONLY hours on Mon, Wed, Thus from 12 pm - 2 pm

Contact: 200 SE 4th Street.,OKC, OK 73129 405-319-1400