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ABOUT US

Providing a high-quality, challenging, and ever-changing climbing + boulder experience. 

7300

7

SQ FT OF

CLIMBING SPACE

AUTO-BELAY STATIONS

13

TOP ROPE

STATIONS

2100

SQ FT BOULDERING 

SURFACE

Climbing instructors coaching young climbers at indoor climbing gym in Campbell River
MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

Our team is made up of passionate rock climbers and certified guides, fostering an engaging and encouraging learning environment for climbers of all experiences.

Chris Perreault

Owner

Chris Perreault Owner On the Rocks Indoor Climbing Gym Campbell River

Chris' love for climbing started at the Cumberland climbing gym where he first learnt how to belay. He was immediately hooked on the adventure and possibilities that exploring the vertical word had to offer. 

Chris got involved in the local outdoor industry in 1996 while operating Strathcona Outfitters, an outdoor sporting goods store in Campbell River. This is where he formed his lifelong relationships with both, Ahren and Bill. Strathcona Outfitters brought forth the opportunity to develop On The Rocks. It’s been roughly 20 years from what was once an idea, into planning and finally realizing the facility. Looking forward, it’s become more for our community than he had ever imagined was possible. 

Chris shares “returning to On The Rocks after so many years, to work alongside Ahren, Bill, Ian and our dedicated staff, our ‘climbing family’, to take On The Rocks into the future and, become more than we imagined, has been my privilege”. 

Bill Phipps

Manager, Head Instructor

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Bill has been working in the outdoor & climbing industry for over 30 years. 

After pursuing a teaching degree, centering around geography and physical education, he began teaching the COLT program at Strathcona Park Lodge, which specializes in training climbing and mountaineering guides. 

COLT training is seasonal, so to complement 17 summers teaching, Bill’s winters saw him working as an avalanche forecaster and ski patrolling at Mount Washington, teaching avalanche course for Island Alpine Guides, as a field tech for Avalanche Canada and avalanche forecaster/author for the Vancouver Island Avalanche Bulletin and as a heli & cat ski guide. 

Bill brings that passion and experience to On the Rocks and is cultivating the climbing community through the development of new courses and events at the gym. He loves to share his climbing stoke, and see folks experience the joy of climbing. He looks forward to making you feel welcome in our facility.  

HISTORY

History of On The Rocks

It all started back in 2002...The plans were drafted, and it was time to leave Discovery Harbour Mall. We had outgrown our shell and Strathcona Outfitters was only serving the retail side of our climbing passion.

 

We had bigger things in mind. First, we needed a bike shop. Doubling in size meant we had space to fill, and the Urban Lemming fit that space perfectly. We became Island Mountain Sports and were way ahead of our time, but that’s another story. With the retail side of things figured out we had just enough space to put up a climbing gym right next door. More plans and a scale model were made. Everything was sorted out, except for one thing, the name. It came time to celebrate the accomplishments of the planning efforts. After ordering a favorite single malt in my usual way, On The Rocks, we had our name.

We opened Thanksgiving weekend 2004 and after nearly two decades, it’s been an absolute riot providing excitement and adventure to our community.

Chris Perreault

Cofounder and President

On The Rocks Climbing Gym

Climbing and Bouldering Retail Campbell River Vancouver Island
AMENITES

AMENITIES

In addition to our climbing walls and bouldering area, members have access to our fitness area and retail space.  

 

Our space is open, welcoming and accessible, with washroom facilities, and free guest wi-fi.

Bouldering and Climbing Retail On the Rocks Climbing Gym Campbell River

RETAIL SHOP

We sell the gear we use ourselves. Some of it, like Yellow Aliens (you need 2 of these) and Offset Stoppers have saved our lives on many occasions. We usually have a good supply of bolt and rap hangers around. We stock most of the gear and headlamps from Petzl, loads of equipment from Black Diamond, Petzl and Sterling, shoes from La Sportiva, and a few more things you didn’t even know you needed.

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FITNESS AREA

We have all the essentials to condition your body for total strength. You'll find a squat rack with enough weights to challenge your athletic abilities. We encourage you to learn and practice your Deadlift. Chin ups and dips will round out your climbing strength. Our finger and campus boards are very user friendly. The Tension Wall will propel your climbing abilities into the higher grades like nothing else.  

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SPORTS MASSAGE

 We take your recovery and injury prevention seriously. Our sports massage therapist, Kate, has extensive training in various massage techniques, plus 15 years of experience, to hasten your recovery, prevent injury, and enhance climbing performance. Plus, it feels absolutely amazing! . Schedule your session with Kate today and climb stronger tomorrow! 

CORE VALUES .

OTR CORE VALUES

INTEGRITY

As an organization, collectively, it is our most valuable asset. Individually, it is a constant choice to cultivate safety, honesty, and respect for clients and colleagues.

WELL-BEING

A healthy body supports a healthy mind, and healthy minds cultivate a healthy community. Creating an engaging and safe space for our members to focus on their well-being is what drives us to move the line every day.

COMMUNITY DRIVEN

We exist to serve this community and to celebrate our shared love for climbing and the outdoors. Community enables us to share personal relatedness and support the perpetual growth of each other, ourselves, and our environment. 

AUTHENTIC CLIMBING EXPERIENCE

 

We strive to provide a high-quality, challenging, and ever-changing climbing and boulder experience. Our team is made up of passionate rock climbers and certified guides, fostering an engaging and encouraging learning environment for climbers of all experiences.

GROWTH

We are constantly aiming to grow both as individuals and as a business. We believe that the journey to perfection is a lifelong pursuit and that this kind of lifelong learning is what will continue to push us forward as a team and as a company. 

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