Rock Ventures

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1044 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 [Directions]
Hours (as of January 2013 via website)
Mon-Fri 4:00PM to 9:00PM
Sat: 12:00PM to 9:00PM
Sun: 12:00PM to 6:00PM
585 442 5462
<rock AT rockventures DOT com>

Rock Ventures is an indoor rock climbing facility located on the corner of Culver Road and University Avenue. Offers 18,000 square feet of climbing surface, a full-sized indoor high and low ropes course.

Rock Ventures is huge: it has at least 30 different climbing stations, each with multiple routes. Top-rope climbing is available with traditional belay and auto-belay devices. There is also a bouldering area, a high ropes course, and a specialized station for climbers with disabilities.

Individual and group classes are available, and the Rock Ventures staff is friendly and helpful.


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2007-08-18 14:47:12   Tons of fun. If only it wasn't 8 million degrees inside for most of the summer. But then again, who's indoors during the summer? —LesleyChen

2008-07-02 11:15:38   I like this place a lot. The staff is very friendly, and there's always an open wall to climb, as well as a huge variety of difficulties throughout the whole place. The rope course is tons of fun, too. —AFrye

2015-01-29 16:40:04   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 doubled 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), 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.

Most rock climbing gyms are known for their owners 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. —bpm4330