MetroRock recently opened a new rock climbing gym in Littleton, and are celebrating with a free day of climbing on Saturday, April 13. This gym is by far the closest one to campus, and will cater to climbers of all skill levels.
The gym’s general manager is Henry Pott. Originally from the United Kingdom, he started his climbing obsession in Snowdonia National Park, Wales before coming to the United States. He has years of climbing experience but no prior position within MetroRock.
Pott says that “climbing is a very community-driven sport” and that “there are a large number of climbers who have not been taken care of around Littleton.” Pott stressed the range of climbing routes designed for climbers of all experience levels, saying, “You can [climb] no matter what your age or ability. Whether you are a beginner or a world expert, we will have stuff for you to do in Littleton.”
Pott made a big deal over the gym’s climbing routes, saying, “We pride ourselves on our route setting.” Even though the gym has only been open a little over a month, they “are already starting to recycle and change some of the routes.” This will provide new challenges even for those who go to the gym constantly.
Pott also said that gym has many instructional programs. Pott said, “We can teach people stuff. We have courses. If you’re more of a competent climber, we have lead climbing courses.”
The Intro to Climbing course is $60, but there is a discounted rate of $30 for college students on Friday nights. This program comes with a 10-day membership to MetroRock. The gym also offers a challenge course, with a group of six or more people paying $40 each for a two-hour session. This course includes elements from moderate to extremely difficult, and at the end participants get a 60-foot zipline to the ground below.
Brooke Sardella, a senior Business Management and Marketing major, and a Trip Leader for the Outdoor Adventure Program, says that the program “has already been hosting independent climbing trips such as indoor and outdoor rock climbing as well as ice climbing in the winter.” The program is “excited to have MetroRock Littleton so close to campus as [they have secured a partnership with them for future trips and discounted rates for students.” Sardella also mentioned that “MetroRock has college nights,” which will cater majorly to UMass Lowell students. College nights are Fridays after 3:00 p.m., with entry being $14 and a full package of climbing gear another $5.
Pott also made sure to mention the gym’s social media presence, with giveaways and other events for those who follow them. The MetroRock gym in Littleton provides a litany of opportunities to break away from the usual routine of going to the Rec Center and working out traditionally; Pott said, “Come and tell us how we’re doing, we’d love to see [students].” Bring a friend or stop by on your own!