COVID-19

Thank you all so much for your patience and support during this difficult time.

Health and government officials in the state of Rhode Island are entrusting fitness communities to reopen in a limited capacity to help businesses like ours provide our services.

The safety of our community is our top priority. We are all in this together and while we will eventually get back to climbing as we did before the pandemic, we must all do our part now to help each other manage the risk from this virus.

The following protocols were developed to adhere to the guidelines developed by Rhode Island health and government officials and will allow all of us to climb together. For the safety of our staff and community, we ask that you read and comply fully with these protocols as they are required to use our Rhode Island facilities beginning Friday, June 5, 2020.

We will be limiting gym use to members, member guests, and punch card holders during this opening phase.

If you are an Electronic Billing Member (EBM) and your home gym is one of our Rhode Island locations including Lincoln, Providence, or Peace Dale, your membership dues will AUTOMATICALLY restart on this date. If you would like to maintain your complimentary membership freeze, please use the link below or click here.

If you are a Pre-paid member, or if you are an EBM and your home gym is not one of our Rhode Island facilities, your membership will reactivate on the date you book your first visit back to one of our reopened locations.

If you would like to purchase a membership or punch cards to use one of our reopened facilities during this time, please visit your local gym website to select one of these options or click here. All members and punch card users will have access to our Rhode Island facilities regardless of their home gym.

As changes occur, we will keep these protocols up to date and there is no guarantee that we will remain open. As the state of Massachusetts provides guidelines for reopening fitness communities such as ours, we will make plans to reopen our Boston facilities and let everyone know. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time and look forward to climbing with you all again.

TO OUR INCREDIBLE CLIMBING COMMUNITY

We cannot express how devastating it is for us to have to close our doors to all of you. While we know this is only temporary, we understand how important climbing is to your life because it means everything to us. Closing our doors has absolutely broken our hearts and we can’t wait for the day we can reopen and climb with all of you again.

We cannot thank you all enough for supporting us for over 21 years.

Because of all of you, we are able to provide accessible and inclusive locations where our communities can come together to share our passion for the sport together. Our amazing staff have had an incredible opportunity to introduce so many people to the sport while helping others develop and continue their life-long climbing journey. All because of you.

Thank you so much for all you have given us.

What you can do to help

In the weeks since we’ve had to close our gyms, we have received an outpouring of support from not only members, but members of our community and we cannot thank everyone enough for all of the kind words and even offers of financial assistance.

As a company, this has been overwhelming. By supporting us through this crisis, you are ensuring that our community will have gyms to come back to and our staff have jobs to return to. Please remember you are under no obligation to support us, but if you are looking for a way to do so, we cannot thank you enough and have a few options to make the process simple:

Stay away from high trafficked climbing areas

While it can be very tempting to climb outside, we remind everyone that the sooner this pandemic ends, the sooner we can all get back to climbing both at the crag and in the gym.

At the request of the medical community along with government officials, we are asking everyone to stay home in an effort to reduce the opportunities for this pandemic to spread. While staying indoors, it is also important for everyone to maintain their physical & mental health by continuing to engage with one another in a positive way remotely.

As stay at home orders are lifted and parks open back up, you may be considering heading back to your local crag so before you do, please take a look at the recommendations from the Access Fund, an organization that focuses on maintaining access to the areas we love by providing support for local climbing organizations and resources for climbers to properly transition from climbing in the gym to the crag.

Sign the petition

The simplest thing you can do is to support, sign, and share this petition to include climbing gyms in emergency stimulus funding.

We are grateful Congress extended funds through expanded Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and grants within the most recent Senate proposal. We are deeply concerned, however, that the definitions put forth in this critical legislation do not expressly incorporate fitness and recreational facilities, including businesses such as climbing gyms, and that more relief measures will be needed.

Learn more about this petition and sign it using the link below.

Support us financially

While our locations are closed, you can financially support the gym by making purchases for future visits or by registering for future services.

We recommend the following:

Make sure the young crushers in your life are active and making memories this summer by registering in advance for our Summer Adventure Programs.

It’s never too early to plan a birthday and our facility, program, and staff will ensure their next birthday is one they’ll always remember.

Check out our guiding offerings and book a private trip for when we finally reopen.

We are still offering all of our retail for sale from shoes to crashpads and even a selection of holds if climbing on your furniture just isn’t doing it for you and you want to make your own home wall. Contact our Director of Retail & Guiding, Paul for inventory questions and to make purchases that we can schedule pick-up at one of our locations.

Finally, electronic gift cards never expire and can be used on membership, services, and retail when we open. If none of the set options work for you, please consider this option.

Thank you again for supporting us through this difficult time.

ROCK SPOT MEMBERS

As part of the Rock Spot Climbing family, you are the center of our community which is why we will be taking proactive measures so YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE ANY ACTION. If you are an Electronic Billing Member (EBM), we have automatically frozen your account and will prorate your membership dues when we reopen based on the amount of time we are closed. If you are a Pre-Paid Member, we will extend your end date based on the length of the closure.

Thank you for keeping your membership active.

Since we’ve closed our doors to all of you at Midnight on March 15, we have been deeply touched and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from members who have expressed interest in supporting the company financially during this difficult time.

We had provided an opportunity for members to continue paying their normal dues through this crisis and while we reminded everyone that no one was under any obligation to do this, many of you did.

Thank you so much.

On behalf of our staff and our community, we cannot thank you enough for continuing to support us. If you would like to do the same, use the link below and fill out the form to let us know you would like to continue supporting the gym. Our staff and community thank you.

Don’t Forget Local Organizations!

Along with supporting us, it is important to support local climbing organizations who are unable to raise funds through events they would normally run.

The three (3) we recommend are the Ladies Climbing Coalition (LCC), the Southeast New England Climbers Coalition (SNECC), and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

Please consider showing your support with a monetary donation or by sharing the links below.

Update on the situation.

If this closure is new information to you, due to current events and to help protect our community we are closing all Rock Spot Climbing locations, effective immediately. We are unsure for how long this temporary closure will be, but we will continue to monitor this situation as it develops and will keep our website updated with the most current information.

Again, this was the hardest decision we have faced in over 21 years serving the climbing community.

We are proud to have provided hundreds of thousands of climbers with quality indoor rock climbing for all ages and abilities since we opened in 1998. We know that climbing is a very important part of your lives and we look forward to reopening as soon as possible to climb with all of you again.

If you have special circumstances, please email us at questions@rockspotclimbing.com

Please pay attention to the guidance you hear from your local and regional authorities. Take good care of yourselves, and we will see you when we reopen.

With our best wishes and appreciation,
The staff, management and owners of Rock Spot Climbing

KEEP THE STOKE HIGH

We’re all starting to get a little stir crazy from having to stay in our homes so we’ve partnered with one of our yoga instructors at our South Boston location, Courtney Dutra to provide FREE YOGA CLASSES through a service called ZOOM EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY NIGHT at 6pm!

Use the link below to register or learn more about this incredible FREE service.

UPDATE: Another community member, Regina is extending an invitation to the entire community to join her in a fun, social media challenge to help keep everyone active and motivated during the shutdown. She’s calling it the #COVID100challenge and we recommend you learn more and participate using the link below.

CHECK OUT OUR BLOGS

If you’re looking for some fun reading, we recommend checking out our climbing blog. We have an article that focuses on the local climbing area, Lincoln Woods in Rhode Island and while we remind everyone to socially distance themselves, this is a great opportunity to learn more so that when we’re clear to come together you’ll have all the info you need to climb at this local treasure. Also, we break down the current news that the 2020 Olympics have been postponed along with sport climbing’s debut.