No one likes going to gym. It’s smelly, sweaty, crowded, and dangerous. But sometimes, whether it’s because of a tight schedule or a torrential downpour, indoor fitness is necessary.
Instead of waiting to use a sweat-covered lat machine at Planet Fitness, check out these indoor climbing gyms within San Francisco’s city limits. Who knows, it could be the beginning to a path where the end is you successfully climbing Half Dome in Yosemite.
The Mission Cliffs
Open since 1995, Mission Cliffs is San Francisco’s oldest climbing gym. But it hasn’t gotten stale—staff change the gym’s routes and problems every month to keep things challenging for climbers of all levels. It includes a 50-foot high lead wall, 2,000 square feet of bouldering, and 23,000 feet of climbing terrain.