Bouldering Gym
at First City Fitness

First City Strength and Fitness is the home of First City CrossFit, First City Iron Bodies, First City Barbell Club, and First City Kids, and possibly the future home of First City Bouldering gym! First City has been in business for over 5 years and has 5-star ratings on Google, Facebook, and Yelp!

At First City, we were sad to hear that the Monterey area recently lost its only rock climbing gym. At First City, we are fortunate to have more space than we currently need. We figured we could use some of our extra space to help the rock climbing community by providing a temporary place to boulder while Sanctuary finds a new home.

We reached out to the owners of Sanctuary to ask if they would be interested in using our space to set up a temporary place. They indicated they were focused on finding a new dedicated space to open a full rock climbing gym and were not interested in a temporary subleased space.

We are not looking to open a full rock climbing gym. We do not have the space or ceiling height to open a full rock climbing gym and we would not want to or be able to compete with a full rock climbing gym presuming that someone will eventually find a space and open one. For these reasons, this space and facility will likely be somewhat temporary. First City is not willing to risk an upfront investment to build out a temporary bouldering facility. Presuming that it will take at least 6-12 months for a new rock climbing gym to open once a space is found, if we can raise sufficient funds to build out a bouldering facility for the short-term by selling memberships (6-month, 3-month, and 1-month) upfront, we will move forward.

The Facility

The bouldering facility will be inside First City Fitness, located at 2700 Garden Road in Monterey, CA, just adjacent to the entrance to Monterey Airport.

The bouldering facility will consist of
20ft wide by 12ft high vertical Moonboard wall
12ft wide by 12ft tall pitched (25 degree) wall
8ft wide by 12ft tall pitched (45 degree) wall

24-hour Access, 365 days / year

The facility will be accessible 24-hours a day 365 days a year for experienced climbers. There will be some limitations on new climbers until experience is gained and safety and skill is demonstrated.


We will be selling discounted upfront memberships (as low as $32/month) to finance the build out. Members who purchase the upfront memberships will lock in the same monthly rate for up to 24 months from the opening of the gym.

As soon as we reach the $20k fundraising goal, we will start construction. The sooner we raise the funds, the sooner we can start construction, and the sooner we can open. If we have not raised the $18k by April 30th, we will refund all payments in full. The goal is to be open on or before June 1st, 2019!

To purchase an upfront membership, click on the link below. If you have any questions about the membership options, feel free to email us at or call us at 1-831-920-1755.


– when 6 months ($192) are paid upfront and in advance
– SAVE $192 over 2 years!
– $32/month month-to-month unlimited for up to 2 years from opening.


– when 3 months ($108) are paid upfront and in advance
– Save $96 over 2 years!
– $36/month month-to-month unlimited for up to 2 years from opening


– 1-month unlimited, paid in advance
– $40/month month-to-month unlimited for up to 2 years from opening

While you are waiting for this bouldering facility or a new rock climbing gym to open, consider trying out any of the programs at First City CrossFit. We offer a 3-workout free trial. You can sign up by clicking here.

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