Some people are born to run; some are born to scramble up and down walls and ceilings like a Tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $9 for a one-day bouldering pass for two (up to a $24 value)
- $29 for a 90-minute Introduction to Bouldering class and two-week membership for two—click class link for schedule (an $80 value)
- $39 for one month of unlimited bouldering for two (up to a $118 value)
The Circuit Bouldering Gym
Bouldering differs from other forms of rock climbing in a variety of ways, such as its heightened social element. When top roping, for example, climbers are more isolated, relying on a partner below to maintain rope tension. But because bouldering is done on lower courses that don't require a rope or harness, climbers are free to scale walls at will, often resulting in people sharing walls and striking up conversations in between surmounting terrain such as verticals, slabs, and roof climbs—overhangs that put climbers' bodies parallel to the floor.
That's how The Circuit Bouldering Gym got started. Some bouldering enthusiasts crossed paths at a local gym and found they all wanted to expand Portland's bouldering options. Today, they welcome guests to surmount courses—including a hanging boulder—ranging from 8- to 17-feet high and surrounded by crash-pad flooring. Boasting one of the largest bouldering-only gyms in the world, they also designed many of their simulated climbing stations as top-out boulders, letting guests experience what it's like to stand atop a boulder in the Rockies or on the moon. Additionally, they instruct guests with programs such as 90-minute intro courses, advanced clinics with professional climber athletes, and programs tailored for kids including birthday parties. Between climbs, a lounge area lets visitors relax and swap tales of defying gravity's relentless bullying. To further build the bouldering community, the gym's team organizes an annual fundraiser benefiting local charities, including the Pump-a-thon, which is scheduled for February 22nd.
I freaking love this place. I'm a pretty novice climber, but the crowd and atmosphere are really welcoming for climbers at all levels.Chris R., Yelp, 3/13/12
Everyone there is super supportive and kind! It's the kind of place where you can go up to a stranger and ask if they can show you how to climb a certSonia T., Yelp, 4/15/10
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Friendly and helpful staff and great place to hang out and get a good workout in.”
“I brought 5 kids and they all had a great time! Everyone was safe and respectful and the kids had a good experience.”
“We had a great first experience, and a great instructor. It was so much fun, we are planning on returning soon!”