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1044 University Ave Rochester, NY 14607
1044 University AvenueUSNew YorkRochester14607
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Learning Center
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Today 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday 4:00 – 9:00 PMSaturday 12:00 – 9:00 PMSunday 12:00 – 6:00 PMMonday 4:00 – 9:00 PMTuesday 4:00 – 9:00 PMWednesday 4:00 – 9:00 PMThursday 4:00 – 9:00 PM
North America’s largest indoor climbing and high ropes course!

We offer 18,000 square feet of rock climbing surface, a full-sized indoor high and low ropes course, climbing classes, memberships, climbing club, birthday parties, day camps, youth programs, overnight lock-ins and scouting events.

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Gym with 18,000 sq. ft. of rock-climbing walls & rope courses for all ages & fitness levels.- Google
"Unfortunately, that is not what you will see at Rock Ventures."
"It would be great to see this become a real climbing gym again."
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Michael Shields
8 months ago
I am pretty disappointed that this gym isn't really for climbers. It's a nice recreation space for kids and has some vertical toproping and a couple of poorly set caves. Basically it is an entry level climbing gym with no lead climbing, no serious route setting and no serious bouldering. Think of it as a beginner's gym - or a poor substitute for a serious climber's gym. The owner is not a climber - more of a recreation specialist who developed the city's only public 'rock gym' and turned that into a novelty for families and kids. It works for that. I was there in the earliest days of RV, when the small population of serious climbers in Rochester used to go there regularly. We set good routes and had good lead climbing routes for certified leaders. The caves were pretty good as well, with lots of harder bouldering problems mixed in. You could traverse the entire gym from end to end through both caves and get a serious endurance workout. It was fun. They eventually ran off all of the climbing punks and the serious trad guys like myself and my climbing partner... we just gave up on it. Today I go back there with a couple of local friends who are new to climbing. It's sort of sad to see what's left of RV - but it's provides some variety beyond climbing in my home cave. The staff are very nice and accommodating. It would be great to see this become a real climbing gym again.
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Jeff Clegg
a year ago
Really strange routes...the movement felt funny and the overall experience was not very enjoyable. This was our experience for both the routes and the tiny, not-worth-visting bouldering area. Also, you have to pay $11/person to take a belay certification class, even if you know what you're doing. If you've been climbing for a while this is probably not the place for you. Given how expensive and prohibitive this gym is I would choose somewhere else. Try the Red Barn at RIT
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A Google User
3 years ago
I had a blast climbing here! It's much better than the rock climbing gym in Niagara Falls. The courses are better labeled, and much more challenging. I also liked how open it was inside. The staff are very kind, and make sure you know what you're doing before you climb. I will definitely be back again!
A Google User
8 years ago
Rock Ventures gym has fallen into disrepair. The wall climbs are poorly marked and the route tape has fallen off and has not been replaced. The color codings are not accurate and a rated 5.8 climb is quite difficult even for an experienced climber. The climbs clearly haven't been changed for some time and the pieces and walls (plywood) have become slippery. The bouldering climbs are also poorly marked. The color rating system used for the climbing walls doesn't translate to the bouldering area. It is frustrating to try to find a bouldering route that is ability appropriate. When I went, the staff was mostly teenagers with no apparent climbing ability. They served to take in money and babysit elementary school children on summer vacation. Rock ventures could be a great place to learn to climb, but due to the equipment deterioration and staff disinterest it gets a poor rating from me.
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Brian Murphy
10 months ago
If you are looking for a place to have your kid's birthday party then you'll probably have a lot of fun, but if you are a rock climber expect a gym that needs a serious overhaul. The services have gone down hill the past few years. In January 2015 all prices were significantly increased to "stay competitive". The problem is the offerings are not competitive at all. For the same price or cheaper you could go to a facility that has lead climbing, a significant bouldering area, climbing classes (more than belay training and basic skills), fitness classes & equipment (included), showers, regular community events, and more. Many climbers have asked why they are making these changes and the management has continued beat around the bush to avoid providing any real answers. In some cases they have even tried to justify why they are unwilling to change to meet current standards. Most rock climbing gyms are known for their owners that love and support the climbing community. Unfortunately, that is not what you will see at Rock Ventures. The employees are great and many really do love climbing. However, when it comes to the people who call the shots it is readily, ironically, and disappointingly apparent that that they don't live and breathe rock climbing.
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Mike Alcazaren
3 years ago
Been climbing a couple times before, and this place was pretty good. I liked the nice open space feeling of this gym, staff was helpful and there was a good variety of climbing. Only downside was the labeling of the climbing routes weren't as clear as I would have hoped in the bouldering section. I had a lot of fun on a date with my girlfriend, so four stars overall, will come back!
Response from the owner - 2 years ago
We've recently made changes to our bouldering area and we are beginning to adopt the V grading system (ya we're a little late to the party). We also just installed a campus board and changing routes more frequently. Check us out on Facebook for more news, deals/discounts and special events!
A Google User
4 years ago
I've been climbing for about 10 years and have actually stopped going to Rock Ventures due to safety concerns. Several of their ropes had been stretched due to over use, and I alerted management who did nothing about it. A few weeks later, a staff member dropped a climber and management tried to cover up the incident. The manager told the climber that he was alright and told him he should leave. The climber had fallen almost 30 feet and could have had any number of life threatening injuries. I tried to intervene but the manager told me to leave. Another climber was calling 9-1-1, so I felt that there wasn't anything else I could do. I waited several more minutes to ensure that the idiot manager didn't try and move the climber, and left. I haven't been back since but have heard that the manager is still there, the staff member quit shortly after for other reason though. Rock Ventures was good when I started climbing but management is incompetent (as obvious from the above) and unwilling to change. Some employees are climbers and willing to help, but others are just cheap hands to work the front desk. They pay their workers minim wage, so are unable to attract many true rock climbers that could improve the gym. The owner (Ken) isn't even a climber, he just wants to make money which is why he also opened up a travel agency at Rock Venture. If I recall correctly, he has been the subject of one or two employment investigations over the years for employing minors. I would stay far away from Rock Venture. If you're looking to go climbing check out the Red Barn on RIT's campus instead!
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A Google User
5 years ago
Having been a member for the past 14 years RV has been in business, I have seen many changes. With a new route setter setting routes there are 2-4 new routes each week. From easy, for the new climbers, to more difficult for those with more experience. There are camp programs during school breaks and summer for kids and birthday adventures for all ages. Over fifty ropes, two climbing caves, the indoor ropes course and many stand alone elements give members a variety to chose from. With the added Shared Adventures travel agency you can schedule your trips and get free climbing memberships. A little something for everyone, visit and find out for yourself
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Response from the owner - 4 years ago
We try our best. Actually there are two companies at this location. RockVentures LLC features climbing courses, high ropes course, and is a destination for singles, families and group looking for healthy recreation. Shared Adventures Inc. is a Travel Agency and Corporate Teambuilding Company. Managing a Travel Agency is our General Manager's, Terris, background and now she provides this service to our climbers and others. The Teambuilding and Training piece of Shared Adventures is some of my background. We enjoy incorporating rock climbing and high ropes course activities in our customized training modules. Kent Winchester, Owner, RockVentures and Shared Adventures.