10 mn à pied du métro Garibaldi ou métro Mairie de Saint-Ouen (Ligne 13) (Stations Velib')
Do you know what bouldering is? You know, the places where you can go climbing with no harness, no ropes and where one goes to climb and practice? Let's take a quick tour of "Block'Out 2", in Saint-Ouen, the largest bouldering gym in Ile de France (if not in the whole of France), for an overview of what they have to offer.
Bouldering is booming and more and more places are offering this sport around Paris. Block'Out offers, for the moment, 2 bouldering gyms in Ile-de-France. One in Cergy Pontoise and the other in Saint-Ouen. Building on the success of these places, they will soon be opening 2, and maybe 3, new ones. Thus, by the end of 2013 or early 2014, it will also be possible to climb in Evry and Paris Bercy! If you are not that familiar with the concept, do follow us in this quick overview of the Saint-Ouen "Block'Out".
To begin with, what are the blocks? They are structures 3 to 4.50 meters high, Fontainebleau style, allowing you to climb without a harness or rope or hooks to hang. It is thus possible to indulge in one's passion and climb safely, knowing that if you were to fall, a huge comfortable mat would await you on the ground. An extra -pretty cool- information: the room is equipped with magnesia distributors at reach from the center of the climbing zone.
The room covers a surface of 1000m2 over 2 floors. Above, a structure suitable for beginners and people with special needs awaits you. It is also ideal for events such as children's birthday parties. This is also where you will find the changing rooms, showers, sauna and steam room... Nice surprise: the use of the latter 2 are included in the price. But one has to deserve it, by being an awesome climber, eh!
Downstairs, a number of different climbing options for both beginners and pros. You can start by going to the "finger training" corner (which does bear a resemblance to a torture chamber), and a wall climbing diagonally, very popular with climbers.
Near the entrance, you can also discover a climbing gym that opens on the outside. Perfect for nice warm summer days, when you feel like climbing out in the sun and in the open air.
You will be able to choose your route according to your level. A color code is assigned based on the difficulty for the whole room. Thus, the beginner will go for yellow or orange while the demigod of climbing will opt for green. Afraid of getting bored? No worries, the room is constantly renewed and national and international openers keep changing the blocks for your utmost enjoyment. A block's lifetime usually does not exceed one month. Just the time for you to persevere and enjoy yourself before moving on.
You should know that Block'out is not just a place to go climbing. It also offers an outdoor terrace and a proper dining room, with a chef who cooks with fresh products. The bar has everything you need for when you are in the mood for a drink, with a varied selection of beers, including a weekly special.
There is also a weights room where you can go for some stretching. And an osteopath with whom you can make an appointment.
The gym is open to climbers from 4 years old, and also offers courses for children. Perfect to get them to love climbing, going at their own paste, using the fun and games they love. A number of epic battles also take place in there! Indeed, the gym regularly offers challenges. From "Fight Camping" combining climbing, folding a tent and running in a sleeping bag, to "Fight School" with calculator and 4-color pens, you're in for a good laugh .
In short, you 'll understand that this is a place that deserves to be tested, before becoming your "official place-to-be". Perfect for the low-level sportsman that I am, as well as the climbing pro, in search of something new.
Block'Out 2 Paris - Saint-Ouen
40, rue Ardoin - 93 400 St Ouen
Metro Garibaldi or Mairie de Saint-Ouen
Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m to 23:00 (11 p.m)
Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m to 21h (9 p.m)
Potential privatization for events upon request
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