It has been said that to find true joy, one must ingest a thousand rose petals, housebreak a camel, and scale the world's largest boulder. Today's Groupon gets you one step closer to that elusive feat. For $12, you get three day-passes to The Circuit Bouldering Gym, a $36 value.
Located on Southwest Macadam Avenue just north of Willamette Park, The Circuit boasts one of the largest bouldering-only gyms in the world. Inside, climbers cling to low-to-the-ground rocks where they're free from ropes, harnesses, and hungry mountain goats. No experience is necessary, meaning novice climbers and hardcore devotees alike can creep under, over, and possibly through the colorful collection of faux boulders. The climbing routes change on a weekly basis, ensuring a varied selection of new challenges each visit. The kid-friendly gym also houses a special children's section, which features a climb up to a slide that ferries young explorers to the cushioned floor. Though no special equipment is required, climbing shoes ($4) and chalk buckets ($2) are available for rental. Minors are required to have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver prior to arrival.
Bouldering is a great way to build upper-body strength, improve flexibility, and burn calories from recent syrup-eating contests. With hard work and regular training, anyone of any age can learn this valuable getaway technique for quickly scaling walls and navigating neighborhood meteors.
Urban Climber magazine loved The Circuit's friendly atmosphere and dedication to the sport, saying:
*When you walk in the front door, the "it" hits you. Not the 10,000+ square-foot space, but how cozy and friendly it feels…You can tell The Circuit Bouldering Gym truly cares about the sport. – Spencer Williams
Nine Yelpers give The Circuit Bouldering Gym a perfect five-star rating:
- Boulderer's paradise!...So much to climb and no ropes or harnesses in sight. – Jessica M.
- One of the things that is so great about the Circuit, and hard to find at other places, is the number of routes at the beginner level. – Felicia C.
- The staff is fantastic and the mood is very relaxed and supportive, with a friendly competitive vibe. – Traci N.
The Circuit Bouldering Gym
When some bouldering enthusiasts crossed paths at a local Portland-area gym, they found they all wanted to expand the area's bouldering options. So they founded The Circuit Bouldering Gym, a facility focused on community building, where like-minded people can pursue similar passions in an encouraging and safety-conscious environment.
Today, Circuit encourages visitors to try new things and push the limits of their comfort zones. Boasting three 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 actually climb outdoors. 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, after-school programs, and summer and winter-break camps.
The third and newest location in Tigard offers a state-of-the-art facility with over 19,000 square feet of bouldering and yoga. All yoga takes place at the new Ganesha and Hanuman studios at Tigard, and all locations also have a full weights area, allowing for workouts and CrossFit training.
Corbet - Terwilliger - Lair Hill
6050 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97239Get Directions