Alpine Club at CU

The Alpine Club at CU is a great way to meet other climbers, borrow or rent gear and hear about climbing trips sponsored by the group. A $20 one-year membership to the club gets you discounts at The Spot, Neptune Mountaineering, Avery Brewing and other places. Check out the club at http://cualpine.com/.

When the snow starts falling, or if you're new to climbing and want to try it out, Boulder is a good place to be. Some of the best climbing gyms around are right here. It's a gym rat's paradise.

Grab your buddy and head to the gym. Yvette Frankel, top, and Regina Oakes climb at Movement and Climbing Fitness.
Grab your buddy and head to the gym. Yvette Frankel, top, and Regina Oakes climb at Movement and Climbing Fitness. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Most offer introductory sessions or classes for newcomers on everything from belaying basics to gym etiquette. If you need to rent gear, call before you go so you know exactly how much you'll be shelling out to climb.

Boulder Rock Club

Address: 2829 Mapleton Avenue

Cost General year membership, $680. Student year membership, $600. Day pass: first time, $10; student, $13; general, $17.

More info: http://boulderrockclub.com/

The Boulder Rock Club has been around since November 1991, and recently remodeled to include other fitness equipment and training options.

The folks at the BRC set routes three times a week, so no problem or route is ever over two months old.

If you don't have gear, the BRC can rent you some and you can take the gym's belay class, introductory co-ed class or women's only introductory class, technique class or lead climbing class.

Movement Climbing + Fitness

Address: 2845 Valmont Road

Cost: General year membership, $790. Student year membership, $720. Day pass: student, $13; general, $17.

More info: movementboulder.com

Movement was home to 2013 sport climbing nationals and in the four years that it's been open, it's gained quite a following. In addition to climbing walls and bouldering areas, the gym offers a huge array of yoga, cycling, climbing fitness and other classes. You can catch local pros like Alex Johnson and Sam Elias here.

The Spot

Address: 3240 Prairie Avenue

Cost General year membership, $650. Student year membership, $550. Day pass: student, $13. General, $17.

More info http://thespotgym.com/

The Spot is primarily a bouldering gym, or a gym for climbing shorter, quicker routes without equipment. This 15,000-square-foot facility contains two freestanding boulders, four bouldering walls and a beginner's top rope wall. You can rent climbing shoes at The Spot for $5, and you're set--you don't need any other equipment to boulder.

CATS gym

Address: 2400 30th Street

Cost: Six-month pass, $165. Monthly pass, $35. Day pass, $5.

More info: http://catsgym.com/home.html

Colorado Athletic Training School, or CATS, is both a gymnastics facility and a bouldering gym -- a tough bouldering gym. Local pro athletes like Angie Payne have been known to frequent CATS (some of the hand holds from her childhood climbing wall are now on the walls there), as well as climbers looking for a deal -- day passes to CATS are only $5, an unheard-of bargain in this town.

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