BEST ROCK GYM - 2007
Phoenix Rock Gym
There are other gyms in the Valley, but none is as centrally located or has significantly better amenities. A wall might be slightly higher here, a bathroom nicer there, but the PRG puts everything you need in one convenient converted warehouse. Challenging bouldering wall? Check. Exciting lead wall? Got it. Big inverted wall? Yup.
It's getting even better. A small climbing-equipment store opened up there last year, and another bouldering room has been added atop the first one.
The best part is the friendly and helpful staff, who are happy to help a first-time climber learn how to tie a double figure-8 knot or shoot the breeze with a regular about local politics.
There should be a hundred places like this in town.