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OUR STORY  |  FIRST VISIT

WELCOME ADVENTURER

Since you’re a first-time guest at BKB, we want to hook you up with a discounted Intro to Climbing (ITC) class. Book online and you’ll get Intro to Climbing, which includes a Day Pass and Return Day Pass, for less than a standard drop-in Day Pass with rental gear! That’s up to 35% off the standard class price of $49.

Here’s how it works.

1. Choose your location, and sign up for Intro to Climbing.

You’ll get Intro to Climbing, a Day Pass + Return Day Pass, and Rental Gear for less than the standard class cost.  

It’s no secret that climbing is inherently challenging. That’s one of the reasons why we love it. However, it can be even more difficult—and needlessly frustrating—without basic instruction first. Our 60-minute ITC class provides friendly, introductory instruction highly recommended for everyone new to climbing and BKB.

There’s a lot to learn about climbing; getting your footing, learning the lingo, and starting out can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. In our Intro to Climbing class, you’ll receive expert instruction on the basics of climbing, the opportunity to meet and learn with other new climbers, and an overview of your BKB location.

2. Prepare for your visit

All first time visitors are required to complete a Personal Responsibility Code before entering our facilities. Doing this before you arrive will help to ensure a smooth check-in process. Choose your location below to get started.

Somerville | Chicago | Queensbridge | Gowanus

3. Answer those lingering questions

Guests climbing with children, experienced climbers or those visiting with experienced climbers may opt out of our Intro to Climbing [ITC] class. Those who don’t take ITC are still required to take a 20-minute facility orientation. If you’re an experienced climber, you might be more interested in learning about our Learn the Ropes or Level Up V2-V3 classes.

This 60-minute introductory course is designed to lay the groundwork for new climbers and help transform inhibitions into dynamic climbing skills.  (In fact, ITC is so essential to every new climber that it’s also the first class you take in Beginner to Badass, our most popular package at BKB.)

We also purposely keep ITC class sizes small to amplify the quality of your learning experience and community connection. With a 1:6 maximum instructor-to-participant ratio, the our 60-minute class allows you to meet other new climbers while learning the foundational elements and techniques of bouldering and roped climbing. ITC classes are available frequently throughout the week, so be sure to book your class above. 

Nutrition is vital to ensuring you push your physical potential and avoid the dreaded mid-climb crash. Whether you’re a rock-solid vet or brand new to the sport, incorporating a balanced snack at least 30 minutes before you climb will leave you feeling ready to rock (okay…done with the puns.)

Climbing will awaken muscles you didn’t know you had. They may even cramp up! To help mitigate this, make sure to bring a water bottle (water fountains are available at each facility). We also recommend hydrating with drinks full of healthy vitamins and electrolytes to keep those small muscles in your fingers, hands and toes (heck, the whole body!) primed for the climb.

We kindly ask that you safely store any gear brought to BKB (i.e. off the floors, benches and bouldering pads). Cubbies and lockers* are located around each facility for your convenience.

*Locks are not provided. Please provide your own or purchase a lock at the front desk.

At BKB we praise the person who marches to the beat of their own drum. That’s why we want you to remember the acronym, D.R.U.M, when at any of our facilities. DRUM = Defend. Respect. Up. Mindful.

Defend the BKB Dynamic 

We dare to be different and we’re proud of it. Please help us in spreading the #BKBLove.

Respect Yourself + Your Community

If you happen to be disrespectful to any staff and/or community members, we might ask you to leave. Respectfully, of course.

Look Up

Be aware of your surroundings, always. Climbing is an inherently dangerous sport.

Be Mindful of the Mission

We aim to foster a sense of belonging for all who walk through our doors, regardless of age, gender, creed and/or orientation, while inspiring you to engage your imagination, passion, and physical potential.

Climbing is a full body workout and, like any new fitness routine, you should consult your doctor before your first climb. Also, if you’re new to BKB, please let us know! We are happy to answer any questions and make your first visit as welcoming as possible. After all, we were all new climbers at one time.

Whether you are climbing by yourself, with friends, or taking a new class, we can help. Our professional instructors and staff are here to guide you to your fullest potential as we strive to “become superhuman together”.

Make yourself a priority by always listening to your body. Keep that water bottle handy and your mind open. See you on the walls!

4. Arrive 15 minutes early to your class.

Recommended Clothing

We recommend wearing comfortable, flexible, and breathable clothing and socks. Each facility has awesome clothing available for purchase. However, feel free to don clothing options that you don’t mind getting the beloved sparkle sparkle* of climbing on.

*Sparkle Sparkle = Chalk: From gymnasts to olympic weightlifters to climbers and beyond, we all use chalk. Some like meaty chunks of that sweet magnesium carbonate. Others prefer the finely ground version, akin to Lebron James’ pregame ritual.

What to Wear on Your Feet

Climbing shoes must be worn while climbing on the walls and are available for purchase or rent at the front desk. Please do not wear your climbing shoes around the facility or into the bathrooms. Doing so could get what you step in onto our walls. That’s nasty. If you plan on taking a fitness class or using our fitness amenities, be sure to wear your sneakers.

SO, WHAT'S NEXT?

RECOMMENDED AFTER INTRO TO CLIMBING

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BEGINNER TO BADASS

Your path to becoming a badass climber! Includes: 1 month of unlimited access, Intro to Climbing, Learn the Ropes, group fitness classes, and full gear rental for the month.

Bonus: You get $49 off if you just took Intro to Climbing.

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LEARN THE ROPES

For new climbers looking to gain access to our most abundant form of climbing— top-roping! Includes: 2 hours of instruction, 2 day passes with gear rental.

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