Aiguille Rock Climbing Center – A Personal Review of My Home Rock Gym

Aiguille Rock Climbing Center Review

Name: Aiguille Rock Climbing Center
Aiguille top rope area

Website: Aiguille Rock Climbing Center

Price: $16 / day pass

Owners: Mr. Brett D. Lawicki

Overall Rank: 4.5 out of 5 stars from customers

Overview of Aiguille Rock Climbing Center

Do you know that Aiguille is a French word means a needle? It is a needlelike rock mass or mountain peak. It is pronounced as ey-gweel or ey-gweel.

Aiguille is an indoor climbing gym located in Central Florida. Currently, it is the only rock gym in Central Florida. It is located at 999 Charles Street, Longwood, FL 32750. They are open from 9am to 10pm from Monday through Thursday, from 9am to 11pm Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 9pm on Sunday.

This rock gym has 10,000 square feet of climbing wall up to 36 feet high. They have bouldering cave, top rope and lead climbing available for beginner and seasoned climbers.

The ropes for top ropes are double loop around the anchor. With a double loop, there is more friction making it easier for the lightweight belayer to belay a heavier climber. Please check out my article on top rope climbing for more information on single loop and double loop.

Double Loop top rope


The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1 Aiguille is definitely a fun place to climb. There are routes that are challenging for seasoned climbers as well as slab routes friendly for new beginners.

PRO #2 Belay class is free for first timer at Aiguille. I visited many other gyms in different states and at certain gyms new climbers are required to pay a fee for a belay class.

PRO #3 The staff at Aiguille are very friendly and helpful. They often go out of their way to assist when needed.

PRO #4 Aiguille has an excellent Youth Climbing Program: recreation or competition. There is no pressure to compete. The team coaches are fantastic. In the past 10 years, a few Aiguille team climbers competed at World Youth Competition level representing the US team.

PRO #5: Aiguille also has one of the top route setters in Florida. New routes for bouldering are changed weekly while new rope routes are being added weekly to bi-weekly. angel-devil

The Bad:

CON #1 There were a few complaints regarding strict policy on waiver for kids under 18, must have natural guardian signature.

CON #2 In the past years, the air condition did not work so well certain days in the hot summer months. There were complaints about the gym air being smelly and dusty. I have to admit there were problems with the AC in the past years. It did get pretty hot in the gym during the hot summer months. However, Aiguille worked really hard in making the AC work this year. The AC actually worked really well.

CON #3 Aiguille gets crowded on certain nights. That is true. The rock climbing sport has gotten more popular over the years and the demand has grown. Remember, there is only one gym in Central Florida. The closest gym to Orlando is about an hour to an hour and a half hour drive away.

Who is Aiguille Rock Climbing Gym For?

This gym is fantastic for rock climbing enthusiasts from beginners to advance. There are challenging routes for everyone. You can be as young as 4 years old and at least 45 pounds. I don’t think there is an old age limit. As long as you can climb and looking for something new to your fitness routine, it is a great place to check out.
Aiguille bouldering area

Rock climbing is not only for men. Women are really good at it as well. The number of women climbers are slowly ascending. Visit my article on seven reasons why rock climbing is a great sport for women.

Aiguille Rock Climbing Gym Classes and Team Training

Aiguille has advance climbing class, lead climbing class, private class, yoga, and youth team training. You can visit Aiguille Classes for more class information or Aiguille Team for youth team information.


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Aiguille Climbing Gym Price

The price is competitive comparing to other gyms in Florida. A day pass which includes top-roping and bouldering access is $16. Bouldering only day pass is $10. Climbing equipment such as the harness, shoes, and belay device are also available for rent if you don’t have your own yet. You can click on PRICE for more detailed prices.

Rock blocks and membership pricing are also available for frequent climbers. Rock blocks are prepaid six passes for the price of four day passes. It is great for climbers who are unsure about how often they can come in a month. As for membership, I come 3 times a week and 12 times a month so it is totally worthwhile for me to sign up for the membership. Click on Memberships to see the price breakdown.

My Final Opinion of Aiguille Rock Climbing Gym

Aiguille was my first introduction to indoor rock climbing. I actually was introduced to it through my son. He was a member first for the youth climbing team. After a year or two of watching him climbed, I got a little itchy of wanting to try as well instead of sitting and watching. I also noticed other older folks climbed with grace. It looked fun. I tried it and immediately became a huge fan.

Aiguille staff has been wonderful and supportive to me and my son on team. The kids who joined team became amazingly strong, agile, and confident. In addition to learning the physical skills, they develop mental skills on how to problem solve, how to manipulate their body up and down a route, and how to maintain body strength with good eating habits.

I have visited many other gyms outside of Florida as well as in Florida in the past five years. Aiguille is definitely not the biggest or the smallest. It has the right amount for a rock gym to learn and grow from. I also learn that it is not all about how big or small the gym is, it is the community and the people of the gym that makes the difference. The Aiguille community and the staff are what attracted me to Aiguille.

I hope this review has been useful for your journey to indoor climbing. If there are additional questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I love to assist where ever I can.

Aiguille Rock Climbing Gym at a Glance…Aiguille climbing center

Name: Aiguille Rock Climbing Gym

Website: Aiguille Rock Climbing Center

Price: $16 / day pass

Owners: Mr. Brett D. Lawicki

Overall Rank: 4.5 out of 5 stars from customers

VERDICT: TOTALLY LEGIT

 

 



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