Hub Climbing is a relative newcomer to the rock climbing scene. Located in a warehouse space near Woodbine Ave. and Highway 7 this is easily the best place to do some climbing in the Markham area.
The space is expansive with a great selection of top rope and bouldering challenges to meet any skill level. What may set this gym apart is that it is primarily a bouldering gym (i.e. no ropes or harness at lower heights).
Before I can get climbing the friendly staff takes me on a tour of the facility and provide a comprehensive safety lesson. Once I know the basic safety protocol I am ready to embark on my maiden climb. All one needs is rock climbing shoes (rented for $4.57) and a harness for top rope climbing (also rented for 4.57).
I can't help but take a stab at their signature climb dubbed "the dragon". This is a dragon shaped boulder where one climbs at an angle up the dragon's neck for 20+ feet.
If you cannot climb down, or find yourself slipping, there is a large foam pit to fall into. I must admit that falling into the foam pit is almost as fun as the climb itself.
After the challenging dragon climb I try my hand at top rope climbing (up a straight wall with a harness on). The wall space has several climbing 'puzzles' that range in difficulty; whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber they will have something to challenge you.
If one wishes to engage in top rope climbing it is necessary to call ahead to ensure they have a staff member to assist you with your rope climb.
Hub also has a vast array of bouldering problems all along the walls of the gym. These are not as high and require no harness. The rock patterns are reset every 3 weeks or so to present new challenges for the regulars.
Yoga classes geared towards dedicated climbers are available as well as a small space with cardio machines and free-weights (available at an extra cost). Membership runs from $68 monthly to $593 annually. A day pass will cost $17.65 with corporate and group packages available.