Austin Bouldering Project opened right after Thanksgiving on the East side near Airport and Springdale. This place is so much fun! It’s a huge converted warehouse space with walls and walls of boulders. There’s even a family-friendly climbing area (toddler wall included!) and a party room for private climbing.
For the price of a day pass, you get full access to the facility, including YOGA and a fitness studio. I’m teaching SUNDAYS AT 11:30 AM, so come get some yoga, stick around to climb, lounge upstairs with free wi-fi, use the sauna, lift some heavy stuff in the workout room – you get it all. They also offer a 10-visit punch card, monthly memberships and family memberships.
Here’s a quick tour:
When you come into the front entrance, there are computers to the right to fill out a waiver form. Everyone needs a completed waiver (climbing or not) to be in the building.
To the left of the front desk is a little seating area for the yoga studio. Take your shoes off, bring a mat (there are some to use in the studio as well), grab some props and enjoy this gorgeous space.
Yoga classes are currently on the weekends, early weekday mornings and evenings throughout the week. More classes will be added in the new year!
A staircase/elevator next to the yoga studio leads up to the lounge with plenty of seating, views of the climbing walls and free wi-fi. Another set of stairs toward the back heads down toward the family climbing area and the party room.
I’m thinking the big kid would have a BLAST having his next birthday in there.
Let’s get to the climbing, right?
Take your pick of inclines and levels of difficulty. If you’re a novice climber like me, grab a card at the front desk that shows you the color coding for difficulty. I’ve been playing with the yellows, reds and greens, mostly. Along the walls are also maps so you can navigate your way around and know when they’ll be re-configuring the walls. Keeping things fresh at ABP!
Inside the workout room are cardio machines, rowing machines, weights, kettle bells, medicine balls and strange contraptions like above. Clearly, I don’t know what to do with these, but it looks like climbing specific training for grip strength. One day, I’ll ask the Matts to show me.
Wear comfortable clothes, keep your fingernails short and take breaks in between. I’ve been enjoying watching others climb when I need to give my arms a rest. It’s been giving me ideas for my yoga classes so I can hone in on what climbers need. Also, I’m fascinated by how they are navigating some of the routes. One day, I’ll be able to hold on to a pebble and hoist my body up too!
Austin Bouldering Project is open from 6am to 11pm on most days.
Austin Bouldering Project
979 Springdale Rd, Suite #150
Austin, TX 78702