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Carabiner's Gets New Bedford Climbing

By Paul Rowe

Carabiner's Climbing & Fitness Center opened its initial rock gym in New Bedford, MA in 2004 - at the time, it was the largest indoor climbing facility in the country. With the increasing popularity of climbing, Carabiner's has dropped to the 4th largest climbing gym, but that's still not too shabby. Located only minutes away downtown New Bedford, Carabiner's caters to both novice climbers and seasoned pros with classes, programs, and 10,000 square feet of climbing walls.

"Carabiner's offers six TruBlue Auto Belays along with courses in knot tying, equipment use, and keeping your climber safe from the ground," says Fitness Director Jeff Costa. You can learn to boulder, top rope, or lead climb on climb routes that are constantly be changed to keep climbers from getting bored.

Carabiner's has more than just rock walls. The facility features a comprehensive training gym complete with machines, free weights, TRX, campus boards, and all the tools to help New Bedford's climbing community progress.

"Our 1,300 square foot dance studio offers over 30 classes a week in yoga, meditation, boot camp, pole dancing, fitness, and more," says Costa. "Everyone can get involved with wall climbing, slack lining, bouldering, races, and much more."

While many adults enjoy the many fitness attractions Carbiner's has to offer, kiddos are encouraged to explore new fitness challenges here as well; in a controlled, monitored environment, of course. Carabiner's offers a Youth Climbing Team and a Youth Competitive Team in addition to sponsoring the Outdoor Adventurer's Club for New Bedford's local High School.

"Climbing Camp is offered throughout the summer months to train kids in the gym before taking them outdoors to experience climbing on real rocks such as Quincy Quarry, Lincoln Woods, and College Rock," says Costa. On weekends, Carabiner's is host to its share of birthday parties and group outings.

There are several other ways in which Carabiner's has kept the New Bedford community health, happy, and physically fit. The facility has a rich history of partnering with the City through portable climbing tower events. Additionally, Carabiner's is regularly featured during cultural festivals, the monthly downtown "AHA! Night," and the yearly Bioneers conference, "Connecting For Change," hosted by the Marion Institute and The Zeiterion Theater.

"We are an anchor sponsor for multiple "Free Fitness in the Parks" summer initiatives at Buttonwood Park, Cushman Park, and Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust," says Costa.

Through these kinds of community interactions, Carabiner's fulfills its vision to keep New Bedford resident climbing toward their health and fitness goals all year-round.

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