We were headed to Minneapolis Bouldering Project and we were super excited.
No, wait. Scratch that.
I was excited. The kids had no idea where we going because I wanted it to be a surprise.
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Arriving at Minneapolis Bouldering Project
We arrived in the middle of an industrial region in North Minneapolis on the bank of the Mississippi River. I didn’t know how easy it would be to find a parking space, so when I saw the sign for the facility, I pulled over and parked.
We got out of the car and headed toward the sign. That’s when my 13 year old shrieked a little bit.
“We came! You brought us to Minneapolis Bouldering Project! Oh, thanks, Mom! Thanks, Mom!!!”
Sure, we had made it to the sign, but where did we find the building and entrance? I saw a door for a city office and deck for the pub, but I had no idea where we were supposed to go.
So we just started walking around the potential building. We hiked around the entire building and finally found the entrance.
The first thing I noticed when we got to the front doors was that there is a free parking lot for Minneapolis Bouldering Project, and it had plenty of room for us.
Introduction to MBP
We walked into the facility and met our friend Clayton. He was as pumped to have us there as we were to be there. His excitement to meet us was super contagious, and he kept giving us hi-fives!
The first thing we did was get shoes. The kids tried on various sizes and finally found the perfect fit for them. Since it was our first time, there was no rental fee for shoes.
After everyone had their shoes on, Clayton sat the kids down and went over the rules of MBP. The most important ones that he went over with the kids included
- No running.
- Always climb down. No jumping off the walls.
- Always look up when you are climbing.
And Rules for the Caretaker
- Only three kids on the wall at a time in the youth section.
- Only two kids on the wall at a time in the adult section and they must be within arms reach.
They were simple rules and easy enough for me to manage. Before he gave us our tour, Clayton had the kids practice falling. That way if they fell from the wall, they would know how to tuck and roll and not try to catch themselves.
With shoes on our feet and brains in our heads, Clayton gave us a tour. (Did I mention that Clayton was wearing boardshorts with pink umbrellas on them? I’m telling you that alone made him a superstar).
Right away, Clayton handed me a legend card. The legend explained the difficulty of the different climbs. Different colors throughout the facility meant different degrees of difficulty. Then, he showed us around the whole facility. It didn’t take long because so much of it is the bouldering gallery, but I was impressed with the bathrooms, strength training and cardio space and the mezzanine.
Adventures at MBP
Everyone has a different experience! It’s truly made for the whole family. While we were there, a dad and his two sons–probably 6ish and 9ish–were having a completely different experience than we were having. It was super fun to watch.
The youth room is not as intense as the adult space. The colors are more for aesthetic appeal and do not coordinate with the legend. They have a slide and high climbs and low climbs and climbs under and climbs over. The nice part of this space is that parents just need to be in the area.
The adult space is huge. Most of the 20,108 square feet of climbing terrain is for the adults. I say adults but really it is for everyone, but parents MUST be more diligent with these boulders. And you will get a great core workout anticipating your children’s climbs.
Benefits at Minneapolis Bouldering Project
MBP has thought of everything for your individual trip. They have day passes and different levels of memberships. Not only have they thought of everything, but also they are open to your feedback.
Here are some benefits that I love about Minneapolis Bouldering Project.
Only 3 kids on wall in youth room at a time and 2 kids on wall in adult space, Solution: Request a facilitator 2 weeks prior to your visit.
Tiring experience, Solution: Day passes good for the entire day. Includes the use of the entire facility and access to all classes
Some climbs you can accomplish easier than others, Solution: Routesetters are always moving the grips and volumes so you won’t have the same experience when you return. And a colored legend for the degree of difficulty throughout the entire facility.
Try MBP out
Minneapolis Bouldering Project offers memberships–annual and monthly–but to check it out, I would suggest a day pass or a punch card.
Adult Day Pass : $16
Student/Youth Day Pass : $12
Adult 10-Punch : $130
Student/Youth 10-Punch : $100
You can get more information about rates here.
I highly recommend you check this place out. My kids can wait to go back!