Albany's Indoor Rockgym
A.I.R has been intergrating mental and physical fitness for over 18 years. Starting in 1995, we wanted to introduce rock-climbing into the public domain, and it took off BIG!
Here at A.I.R we have found a balance of encouraging new climbers while maintaining challenges for the experienced ones. Our broad range of challenges, from beginner to advance, will keep you interested, intrigued and involved. A.I.R has over 6,000 square feet of climbing surfaces and more than 40 anchored top ropes!
Some features unmatched by other indoor climbing gyms are the floor-to-ceiling cracks, including laybacks, a trackable ceiling top rope system and our one-of-a-kind indoor caving system. Its a 3-dimensional dark as night labyrinth.
Such a cool little gem. Not only do they have a huge variety of rock walls, but they also have an indoor cave system in the walls. You could spend a whole afternoon here for as low as 8 bucks. There is also a pizza place that's great just down the road. Great for birthdays too!
My family and i went here for the first time last weekend. We did not know what to expect. We have a 7 year old and 2 year old. Matt was our instructor and i can not say enough good things about him. He was very patient and thorough. He went above and beyond to help us and to make sure my 7 year old would be safe in the caves. His customer service is exceptional and very much appreciated.
Awesome place friendly staff and owner. Extremely motivational defiantly come back when in town!
Plus side: Good deal for the price- They had a great deal on Groupon which made trying it out a real option Conveniently located right off of Central Ave. Interesting routes- Good variety of corners, gaps, reclined, and inclined walls. Down side: Unorganized routes- Routes are taped meaning you may use a red, white, and purple rock all one the same route, but there is a piece of tape next to each rock. This makes each problem more difficult and frustrating since you really have to map out a route before climbing. Overused rocks- Most rocks have limited grip still on them from frequent use. This makes even the easiest 5.10 a challenge and requires a lot of chalk. No designated bouldering area- Bouldering is scattered about the gym and intermixed with lead and top roping walls. The floor has thin 1-2" mats and there are a few 3 -5 inch crash pads that you can pull over. This is also rather dangerous since there is no stopping line and falling is not a good option with the thin crash pads. Suggestions: 1) Buy rocks of the same color which match in difficulty. Get rid of the confusing tape. This makes you look unorganized and cluttered. 2) Convert one of the sides or sections into straight bouldering. Get thick 8-12 inch pads for this section. Bouldering is more accessible to beginner and intermediate climbers and really helps to build a regular crowd. Any gym I've been too has most always seen more people bouldering than top roping/lead climbing. 3) Play some music. Nothing better than sending to some tunes. Overall- I don't know that I would go again in the state that this gym is in even for the Groupon price on this. I would love to go here instead of the Latham rock climbing gym location, but some things just need to change.
Had a fun and exciting time with my friend on Sunday! Spent 2 hours climbing and a half an hour in the caves! Fun, technical rock gym and awesome caves!