• Rock Climbing in Hoboken: Gravity Vault {Indoor Rock Gym} is Open

    After peering through the windows {and construction barricades} for the past few months, we are happy to announce that The Gravity Vault Hoboken is officially open in Hoboken! Located at 1423 Clinton Street, Gravity Vault is Hoboken’s newest alternative workout gym catering to rock climbers of all ages and abilities. Grab the kids, your bridesmaids, or your coworkers and get ready for a workout session like no other. We had the opportunity to visit Gravity Vault’s 25,000 square feet of climbing space earlier this week {shoutout to Kristin for the tour and crash-course in climbing lingo}. Here’s a sneak peek inside:

    Photo by Gravity Vault

    Gravity Vault’s History

    ^Fun Fact: The easiest way up the wall is to use grips of all the same color as they outline a specific climbing pattern. Photo by Gravity Vault

    The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gym was founded in 2005 by Lucas Kovalcik and Tim Walsh in Upper Saddle River. Although it took several years to expand to a second location, Kovalcik and Walsh always dreamt of bringing the sport of rock climbing to communities everywhere. Fast forward to today and Gravity Vault has expanded their business to include 10 locations across the tri-state area.

    The Hoboken Gym

    Photo by Gravity Vault

    While The Gravity Vault does offer a wide variety of programs targeted for children, their 25,000-square-foot climbing space is nothing like the rock conquered in gym class. Our guide Kristin explained that Gravity Vault offers three types of climbing experiences: bouldering {free climbing a boulder-like structure}, top roping {your traditional indoor climbing experience}, and sport climbing {climbing while securing yourself to hooks anchored into the wall as your safety mechanism}. Climbers of all abilities will be able to climb at Gravity Vault and classes such as Introductions to Rock Climbing and Belay Class will give newcomers the skills needed to graduate from novice to competent climber. Keep an eye out for additional programing including memberships, private climbing sessions, birthday parties, camps, competitive climbing teams, and more.

    The Extras

    Photo by Gravity Vault

    Gravity Vault is open for a whopping 14 hours each day, from 9:00AM-11:00PM, making it nearly impossible not to find the time to stop by and climb. As you make your way inside, you will find a full retail section complete with apparel, gear, and high-energy snacks. Additional amenities include locker rooms with showers, an event space for parties, and a yoga studio. One of our favorite features is the workspace complete with outlets overlooking the gym from the second story should you need to get a little work done in-between climbing sessions.

    This spot is far superior to the chilly sidelines you have been accustomed to spectating from — did we mention the outlets AND Wifi?!

    Photo by Gravity Vault

    Have you had a chance to visit Gravity Vault?

    Share your experience below!


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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.


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