Matty Hong, a Boulder resident, climbs at Movement + Fitness in Boulder on Thursday, Aug. 22. Photo: Kristina Pritchett

If you’ve never rock climbed before, Saturday might be your day.

Global Climbing Day is coming to Boulder County this Saturday and some local gyms are participating by offering free or discounted entry and participation.

The North Face has teamed up with gyms all over the world to provide climbing opportunities. This year, there are 281 gyms participating.

“Anyone can have the unique opportunity to meet professional climbers, connect with their local climbing community, and enjoy workshops, talks and lessons at local climbing gyms,” according to a statement from The North Face.

On Thursday, Boulder resident and pro climber Matty Hong was at Movement Climbing + Fitness climbing some of the routes.

Matty Hong, a Boulder resident, climbs at Movement + Fitness in Boulder on Thursday, Aug. 22. Photo: Kristina Pritchett

“I learned how to climb in Boulder, I grew up here so it’s the environment I’m comfortable with,” Hong said. “It’s great to see Global Climbing Day so prominent here at the gyms. I’m definitely excited to be a part of it.”

Hong will be hosting a clinic Saturday about technique at Movement Climbing + Fitness in Denver’s Rino district.

“I picked that as my clinic because I assume a lot of people coming into the gym will be new climbers,” Hong said. “I think climbing can be a fairly discouraging sport to try for the first time. It can feel really hard. It’s unusual, your first few times are going to be really hard.”

He said he will discuss technical tips about body position, how to warm up properly and ways to improve climbing.

“I think it’s a good clinic for the beginner climbers,” Hong said. “There is footwork tricks and little training techniques to improve physical strength, and not get hurt. There’s a lot of tricks that you learn in climbing that take years and years to develop, but if you can start early and practicing, it’ll just be more enjoyable.”

While Hong won’t be in Boulder for the event, he is looking forward to the day and interacting with those who attend.

“I always like hearing how people got into climbing and where their motivation is,” Hong said. “It’s different for everyone, some people want to go find their next hard climb and other people want to do it for fitness.”

Local gyms participating in the event, include:

ABC Kids Climbing – Boulder

Kids can climb for free between 2 and 5 p.m. but participants need to register online with ABC’s parent portal at

Movement Climbing + Fitness – Boulder

Movement will provide complimentary access to their gyms from noon to 3 p.m.

EVO Rock + Fitness – Louisville

Evo will provide free climbing for anyone has not climbed at Evo before from 2 p.m. to close. Members will receive a free guest pass from 2 p.m. to close. For more information, visit

For more participating locations, visit

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