Adventure Sundays: Bouldering
Part of the Wild[her]ness Co. Adventure Sunday Series
The Rock Oasis, 388 Carlaw Ave #204, Toronto, M4M 2T4 | (416) 703-3434
We're a few weeks into the new year and I have to say, it's been a pretty darn good one so far. One of my 2018 resolutions was committing to Adventure Sundays. What are Adventure Sundays, you ask? They're about setting aside time once a week and challenging yourself to something new. It could mean anything from mapping out a new running route, challenging yourself to a difficult workout, or signing up for a class to learn that thing you've been meaning take a crack at. Mostly, it's about stepping outside of your comfort zone (and hopefully getting outdoors in the process!). Follow along on Instagram using the hashtag #wildadventuresundays and be sure to share your own adventures with us, too!
This week, Tavis and I hopped on the 506 eastbound streetcar and made our way to The Rock Oasis in Leslieville to give bouldering a try. It cost $20 for a day pass (you're allowed to leave and come back, too!) and $6 to rent shoes—totally worth it in my opinion.
The gym is built in what looks like an old Toronto factory and has a super cool, relaxed vibe (although, I will advise you to avoid mid-morning on Sundays, as they have some sort of kids' camp going on at that time and the bouldering section was a bit crowded). There were a ton of lockers to store your stuff (bring your own lock), the bathrooms were clean, and the staff members were super friendly.
I'll say this about bouldering: by no means did I think it was going to be easy, but it's difficult to anticipate just how much of a full-body workout it's going to be! You can see why climbers spend so much time resting in between "sends" (am I using the lingo correctly? Somebody, help! :P)—my forearms were killing me just a half-hour into our session.
After about an hour of fun, we were exhausted AND starving (newbies, I know!). And so, that concluded our first-ever adventure Sunday. See you again next week!
Conclusion: Wow, climbing is an amazing workout. I will most definitely be back.