Indoor Climbing at CityROCK Johannesburg


Climbers in Johannesburg have a new world-class indoor climbing facility to train in! I visited the CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym with friends during its Grand Opening weekend on 17 October 2015. The gym is located on 173 Republic Road, Fountainbleau, Randburg and it has ample parking. This facility is much larger than the CityROCK Climbing Gym in Cape Town.

entrance cityrock

When you enter you’ve got to register and complete the waiver form on one of the iPads at the entrance. You can also complete the waiver online before visiting the gym.

waiver section cityrock johannesburg

You can then purchase a day pass, enroll for an introductory course or rent gear for the session at the reception.

reception cityrock

Membership options are also available.

fees cityrock climbing jhb

Before you are allowed to climb you need to pass the Top Rope belay test. You need to make sure that you can fit on your harness safely, tie a figure 8 knot correctly and belay another climber. I passed the climber portion (securing myself with the figure 8 knot on my harness) but unfortunately failed the belayer test as I’d never used a Grigri belay device before. I tried to simulate belaying with the older ATC belay device method that I am used to. I’ll have to attempt the test again the next time I visit the gym. A friend showed me how to operate the Grigri belay device afterwards and it’s pretty easy. I should have asked someone before the test. Here’s another Grigri device instruction video that I found online.

It’s good to know that they take these extra steps to consider climber safety before anyone is allowed to climb in the facility.

The facility is huge with 124 top rope climbing anchors (catering for beginner and advanced climbers).

climbing wall horizontal cityrock

They’ve also got 9 routes with auto-belay anchors. It’s the first time I’ve seen these gadgets that allow you to climb solo without the need for any human to belay you.

autobelay cityrock

The top rope routes are 16 meters high.cityrock climbing jhb

There’s also an impressive 500 square meter bouldering area. I was allowed to use this area after watching a short bouldering safety video.

bouldering cityrock

There’s a fully-stocked Gear Shop in the premises.

climbing gear store cityrock johannesburg

And a coffee shop.

coffeeshop cityrock

The Yoga, Strength and Fitness Studio will open in December 2015.

studio under renovation cityrock

studio cityrock

This is the new location of the MCSA (Mountain Club South Africa – Johannesburg Section) office. Club meets will now be held here and there are special rates for MCSA members.

The gym also caters for Kiddies Parties and Corporate Team Building exercises.

indoor climbing jhb cityrock

Daily operating hours: Monday – Thursday 9 am-9 pm, Friday – Sunday 9 am-6 pm.

For further information check out the CityROCK Johannesburg website.

Zaid is an intrepid traveler from South Africa that has traveled to all 7 continents. He loves to explore new destinations, experience new activities and go off the beaten path.

One thought on “Indoor Climbing at CityROCK Johannesburg

  1. Thanks for the great article and pictures of the gym! Sorry about failing your belay test but we do take our safety very seriously! When you come retake your test let me know so I can organize you the best cup of coffee on the house! 🙂

    Kind regards,
    Cally (CityROCK gym manager)

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