From Our Editors
It would be tough for a climber to get bored at Climb Lafayette. The indoor climbing facility offers two primary modes of climbing: top rope and bouldering. From there, climbing routes can take any number of twists and turns.
Top roping is the variety that people most commonly associate with rock climbing. Climbers are strapped into a harness and scale tall, vertical walls. Bouldering, on the other hand, challenges climbers to solve complex, low-to-the-ground routes—known as "problems"—without a harness or even a G.I. Joe parachute. Climb Lafayette has more than 50 top-rope routes and more than 80 bouldering problems offered at any one time, giving climbers plenty to think about as they work their way through the wide range of difficulty ratings offered in the facility.
Should climbers stumble, 14 inches of foam padding covers the floor to catch them and prevent most injuries. That padding is made in the USA, but the walls themselves originated even closer to home. The owners, staying true to their Lafayette roots, had the walls constructed of locally sourced materials, right down to the steel studs.