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By theanab
Jun 23, 2012

Hi guys,

This may have been asked before, so if it has, I'm sorry, but I'm wondering what the gyms in the Vegas area are like, and which ones are recommended/not.

The gym I work at right now is super chill, so I'm hoping to find one with a similar atmosphere, but I would love any input that you guys have.

Thanks much.


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 23, 2012

Both gyms in town are pretty chill in terms of rules and such.

The west side gym (Red Rock Climbing Center) is more focused on training and you'll find a more coordinated route setting style there as well as more consistent route grading. You get about 4-5 new routes a week and once a month one of the bouldering areas gets reset.

The east side gym (Nevada Climbing Centers) is under new ownership and they've been working hard to improve greatly on what had turned into a sad, pathetic facility. They recently finished a new bouldering wall, put up all new routes, and are rehabbing the place to a great extent.

In general, you pretty much land at one or the other based on where you live in town. If you've worked at a gym before, i have heard through the grapevine that NCC is looking for route setters.


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By dnoB ekiM
Jun 23, 2012
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John Wilder wrote:
Both gyms in town are pretty chill in terms of rules and such. The west side gym (Red Rock Climbing Center) is more focused on training and you'll find a more coordinated route setting style there as well as more consistent route grading. You get about 4-5 new routes a week and once a month one of the bouldering areas gets reset. The east side gym (Nevada Climbing Centers) is under new ownership and they've been working hard to improve greatly on what had turned into a sad, pathetic facility. They recently finished a new bouldering wall, put up all new routes, and are rehabbing the place to a great extent. In general, you pretty much land at one or the other based on where you live in town. If you've worked at a gym before, i have heard through the grapevine that NCC is looking for route setters.


NCC is walkable distance from my house but I still find my way to RRCC (aka Power House).

The new owners at NCC have done a lot to improve the aesthetics of the place, but the route setting is still pretty poor. The route setting (and indeed the "canvas") is much better at RRCC. NCC continues to be reachy, with tons of hand-foot matches and with very few foot holds. It's basically tracking, thrutchy and boring. The nature of the walls at NCC make it quite hard to set really good routes, but they could be way better. The concentration of routes is pretty light. They have very few routes given the space. NCC really is designed to be a great beginners gym and an OK training gym, but it misses on both counts due to poor routesetting. They should also consider autobelays...the walls are perfect for that. While they have invested in a small amount of new holds, 90% of the holds are over 15 years old(some are over 20!) and in very poor condition.

The BMC routes at RRCC are always good, he is a truly fantastic routesetter and most of those JW routes are usually pretty darn good too. :-)


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By Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 27, 2012
Third pillar of dana descent.

theanab wrote:
Hi guys, This may have been asked before, so if it has, I'm sorry, but I'm wondering what the gyms in the Vegas area are like, and which ones are recommended/not. The gym I work at right now is super chill, so I'm hoping to find one with a similar atmosphere, but I would love any input that you guys have. Thanks much.


Depends on where you're from? We have Red Rocks right in our backyard. I've lived in other areas w/ super gyms that made up for the sub-par climbing with in the region.

Also, this is Vegas... hope you like electronic music or else ya might want to bring some of your own tunes.


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By theanab
Jun 27, 2012

Thanks for the input, ya'll...

Rob Fielding wrote:
Depends on where you're from? We have Red Rocks right in our backyard. I've lived in other areas w/ super gyms that made up for the sub-par climbing with in the region. Also, this is Vegas... hope you like electronic music or else ya might want to bring some of your own tunes.


Haha I'm from Utah. We got a bit of good climbing, you know? The gym is just nice for those times when you can't find a partner or just want a solo session bouldering without the sketch of going outside alone at night.

And electronica? It's a lot better to crush to than indie pop, at least for me. :)


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