The walls are up, the route setters are working in shifts and the espresso machine’s plumbed in. 9 Degrees Lane Cove, the third 9 Degrees bouldering gym in Sydney and the first bouldering gym north of the bridge, is now open!

Our Explorer Project crew ducked in for a cheeky sneak peak, and god damn is it good.

We Checked Out Sydney's Newest Bouldering Gym, Neil Massey,, Bouldering, 9 Degrees Lane cove

Jeremy Lam (white t-shirt) demonstrates perfect boulder gym rest stance. – Photo by Neil Massey

Sydneysiders were in awe of the first 9 Degrees bouldering gym when it opened in a warehouse in Alexandria 3 years ago. The bone-white walls and slabby, European-inspired routes challenged climbers to move in new and exciting ways.

We Checked Out Sydney's Newest Bouldering Gym, Jeremy Lam,, Bouldering, 9 Degrees Lane cove

“And then we do ze toe hook above ze head ja.” – Photo by @jeremylamx

The gymnastic, dynamic moves and 4.5m high walls were popular and the gym was soon swelling with singlet-adorned pebble-wrestlers.

We Checked Out Sydney's Newest Bouldering Gym, Neil Massey, Jeremy, Bouldering, 9 Degrees, Lane cove

Jeremy sent this move, I think. – Photo by Neil Massey

 

We Checked Out Sydney's Newest Bouldering Gym, Neil Massey, Rod, Bouldering, 9 Degrees, Lane cove

Jeremy sticks the dyno. – Sequence by Neil Massey

Punters will be stoked to see that the 9 Degrees aesthetic hasn’t been lost at Lane Cove, but dark panels have been used on some walls to help the size and shape of the walls pop.

We Checked Out Sydney's Newest Bouldering Gym, Jeremy Lam,, Bouldering, 9 Degrees, Lane cove

Sarah stares a sloper into submission. – Photo by @jeremylamx

The L-shaped bouldering gym is located in a warehouse area, and massive ceiling fans are complemented with utilitarian furniture that’s surprisingly comfy.

We Checked Out Sydney's Newest Bouldering Gym, Jeremy Lam,, Bouldering, 9 Degrees, Lane cove

“Ohhh, that’s the move!” – Photo by @jeremylamx

While the slabby walls that 9 Degrees is known for will test your balance and ability to mantle, keen boulderers will also be pumped on the massive overhung roof wall, which manager and avid boulderer Amy Fenton refers to as “chunky boi”.

We Checked Out Sydney's Newest Bouldering Gym, Jeremy Lam,, Bouldering, 9 Degrees, Lane cove

Amy sends one up “chunky boi”. – Photo by @jeremylamx

What else is on offer? There’ll be a campus board and bouldering specific gym to help you bump up a grade, there’s a Climbing Anchors mini store, an espresso machine and barista, hangout couches and at night you can expect food trucks to grace the driveway.

See ya there!

We Checked Out Sydney's Newest Bouldering Gym, Jake Anderson, Rod, Bouldering, 9 Degrees Lane cove

Rod swings out high above the mat. – Photo by Jake Anderson

Grand Opening: Saturday 13th October at 9.00am!

Hours: Mon-Fri 4.00pm-10.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.00am-10.00pm

Where: 1a/21 Mars Rd, Lane Cove

Facebook: 9 Degrees Lane Cove

Instagram: @9degreeslanecove

 


Feature photo by Jake Anderson


Top Bouldering Reads

Bouldering for Beginners

Top 5 Bouldering Spots in Sydney

Dawn Bouldering // Palm Beach Rocks (NSW)

Word Beta // Rock Climbing Slang And How To Use It