We’re excited to be able to share with you all the details of our upcoming facility!
Some of this may be subject to change, but this is what we’ve got planned so far.
First off, where’s it going to be?
The gym will be located on Ash St in the townsite, across from Townsite Brewing and the Patricia Theatre. It will be housed in the former Powell Stores building that is currently being renovated.
Here’s a neat photo of the building back in the Powell River heyday. This was the building that the Powell River Company (aka the mill) owned to sell groceries, goods, clothes etc to the denizens of the townsite! Our lil’ climbing gym will be a part of history!
The climbing wall for our gym has been professionally designed by High Performance Climbing Walls, one of western Canada’s leading climbing gym manufacturers and facilitators.
Our space is 75 feet long, by 24 feet wide (at the widest point). It will contain a total of 2100 square feet of climbing surface: 700 for roped climbing and 1400 for bouldering.
Although the facility will be smaller than many big city commercial gyms, we will actually be the largest co-op climbing gym in Canada!
The following 3D images show you how the gym will look.
Fly Through Video:
And since the wall has now been constructed (but not open yet), here is all that brought to life!
The big question… how much is it going to cost?
We are aiming to keep costs as low as possible for the people of Powell River; we are a non-profit who aims to benefit the community and not garner massive profits.
Keep in mind that these prices are one half to two thirds the price of typical commercial climbing or fitness facilities, and will provide discounts for families to ensure everyone can enjoy what we are offering.
Everyone 16 and over will need to become a member in order to use the gym. A lifetime membership is a one time fee of $5.
If you are under 16, you are not legally allowed to be a co-op member but you can still use the gym.
Drop In & Rental Rates
Prices will be subject to tax
Standard drop in price – $12 (bouldering only), or $14 (bouldering & top roping)
Supervisor Price (for parents or guardians supervising or belaying a child but not climbing) – $5
10 Punch Pass – $115.00
10 Punch Supervisor Pass – $40
(Punches on a pass can be shared amongst friends and families)
Shoe and chalk rentals – $2.00 (For just chalk, just shoes, or for both together)
Harness – $2.00
Belay test (for if you already know how) – $5.00 for drop ins
Belay lesson – $10.00 per person
Gym Access Passes for Individuals
One Month Pass – $70
One Month Pass (Youth under 19) – $60
Monthly Auto-renewing Pass – $55 per month
Monthly Auto-renewing Pass (Youth under 19) – $45 per month
Best deal if you want flexibility and climb more than 3X a month! Requires 2 weeks notice to cancel
12 Month – $495 (breaks down to $41.25 per month)
12 Month (Youth under 19) – $435 (breaks down to $36.25 per month)
This plan offers the most savings
Families – 10% off total cost of access passes. Families must be living at same address and must include at least one parent and one dependent. Passes must all be purchased at the same time.
Birthday Party / Group Rates
To be announced
If you know you are going to buy a gym access pass or punch pass when the gym opens and have the ability to pay up front, why not pre-buy one right now?
We can’t open the gym until we’ve raised enough money to cover our additional bills that have arisen during this process.
So if you buy a pass now, you are helping us open the doors sooner!
Just fill out the form below (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know which gym access pass or punch pass you’d like to pre-purchase (prices and options listed above), and we’ll get back to as soon as possible.
We plan to have a host of lessons available for those wanting to learn climbing basics and techniques.
Lesson schedule and pricing will be determined later on.
Exact times will be decided on when we open and will likely be adjusted as things progress, but for now we are thinking we will be open for drop-ins two to three times during the week, and also on weekends.
On weekdays, drop in hours will most likely be in the evening – 3 to 9 pm. Saturday 10 to 9, and Sunday 12 to 8.
One serious benefit of committing to a 3 month pass or more is that we are planning on having key card access for responsible members.
This means monthly pass holders can access the gym whenever they want in in order to make the most of their pass! (except for times when gym is privately booked, for example, by the school district)
There will be stipulations on this and we are still working out the exact details with insurance (for example, you will have to come with a partner, we may only be able to allow bouldering in off hours, or members may need standard first aid, members under a certain age will need to be accompanied by an adult, etc).
We will be working this out as we go along, so stay tuned!
NOTE: Due to the squishy design of the gym and our limited fire capacity, parents who are on the mats supervising or belaying their young children but not climbing will need to pay a half-price drop in or pass fee.
Below are some of the rules we have worked out for age limits and children supervision requirements. Again, this could be subject to change.
Basically, there will not be a lower age limit as long as the child is sufficiently supervised, and as long as we have a harness available to fit your child for roped climbing. Children as young as 2 or 3 can begin climbing!
With roped climbing, you will always need one person to belay the other, so there is a default 1:1 ratio if you are belaying your child (although children belaying each other will still need supervision of course), but with bouldering it gets a little more complicated.
The biggest issue with bouldering is that people can come into harm’s way by walking into the “fall zone”, which means the area in which someone climbing the wall can/will be falling off onto the padded crash mats below. Obviously if someone falls onto you, you can get seriously hurt.
So it is very important that children be sufficiently supervised when bouldering, as young children are not always aware of these dangers.
Children also need to be supervised in order for them to be mindful of other climbers. Ie. not get in the way of others on the wall; wait their turn to climb, etc.
Up to 6: 1:1 child parent ratio
Children in this age range need constant supervision to keep out of harm’s way, and out of the way of other climbers. Ideally each child up to six should have one parent/guardian (19 or over) within arm’s reach at all times. An extension to 2:1 ratio might be possible if you can demonstrate the ability to successfully supervise two children in this age range at one time.
Age 7-9: 2:1 child parent ratio
In this age range, a parent/guardian is required to remain on the mats, within arms’ reach of both children at all times. This means the children will need to be climbing in the same area of the gym. Children in this age range may still be developing the cognitive ability to be mindful of other climbers and the fall zones, so this is why a guardian needs to still stay within arm’s reach.
Age 9-11: 4:1 child parent ratio
This age range requires a parent on the mats or nearby, but the parent is not required to remain in arm’s reach while the children are climbing.
Age 12-15: 6:1 child parent ratio
Parents or guardians must be present and available in the facility (or, say, in the bakery next door), though are not required to be on the mats while the kids are climbing unless the children prove to be at increased risk of harm to themselves or others. Although, we do recommend parents be there on the mats for your child’s first time at the gym until the child gets familiar with how things work.
Age 16-18: unattended
Teens in this age range can climb unattended at the gym, but will need to have their parent’s permission by having them sign the waiver.
Thanks for reading! Please check out the ‘How You Can Help‘ page to find out how you can help us open the doors to this fantastic facility.
Powell River Climbing Co-op
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