Through Instagram I’ve noticed that there is a new Boulder gym in Yeongdeungpo, which is recently opened on June 16th. Today I went there to check it out and had a lot of fun.
How to find the boulder gym?
As mentioned, it’s located in Yeongdeungpo district. The closest subway station to there is the Yeongdeungpo Market station. You can take the Line 5 to get there. From the exit #4, you only need 5 minutes walk to reach the location. For the Navigation with Naver, you can simply enter “Aller Climbing”.
Actually the area where the bouldering gym is located is a market area. You will see a lof of whole sales and transporters and it seems not to be as friendly as Hongdae or Gangnam. But don’t worry, it’s still safe to go around.
Once you find the main entrance, you only have to enter the door and follow the steps downstairs.
Here is the gym and its reception desk…
How is the boulder gym organized?
The staff welcomed me very friendly. Unfortunately he couldn’t speak much English, but I tried with my little Korean and body language… It worked! ?
I have to say, the gym is brand new! It feels really modern, clean and nice with all the wood walls. However, it is relatively tiny, compared to other gyms in Seoul I have visited.
They also provide fresh towels as at B.Bloc. Especially there is a foot bath in the common area, only use for cleaning your feet ?.
The stretch and workout area is on a higher floor but still connected to the gym. There you can also find everything you need, as well as an additional space for yourself.
Stretch and workout area
From there you can have an overview above the gym and take nice pictures for your climbing friends!
How is the route setting?
Like in other gyms, different colors are used to define the problems’ difficulties. Here you have the easiest routes marked with white while the most difficult with brown.
On the opposite side of the reception desk is the wall with long problems.
Here the route definition is not based on the grips’ colors, but on the color, length, as well as order of their (grips’) tapes. It is sometimes confusing and makes the routes more difficult than it is, but still very interesting.
The usual bouldering problems are on the wall behind of that.
You can imagine, that all grips are quite new. The wall is very well sanded. The problem setting is also different from other gyms, because each gym has it own way to design the routes. Therefore it was really fun to try out all different kinds.
Even though the gym is small, they use a very smart way in order to offer you as many routes as possible: on one problem, you just have to skip some of the grips, then you will have a new problem. And this one is (much) more challenging than the original one!
How was my visit at the boulder gym?
I felt really comfortable and had a lot of fun trying to solve the problems at Aller Climbing. Since it’s just opened recently, it’s not yet well known, therefore not so many visitors. I had almost the whole gym for myself during my 4-h-visit. I also dared to tryout much more difficult routes than usual, only because noone was watching.
A staff member sometimes watched after me and gave me hints how to solve a difficult problems. That was awesome. Like a personal coach! I really appreciate and love that. ?
I’ll definitely come back to solve more challenges.