About Us

Tufas Boulder Lounge is a 12,700 sq/ft indoor rock climbing gym, created by Philly climbers, located in South Kensington.

We are thrilled to be able to provide Philadelphia with an indoor rock climbing gym. Tufas incorporates everything that we love about the sport and lifestyle of climbing. We have designed over 5,500 sq/ft of climbing terrain with beginner and advanced climbers in mind. In addition, there is 1,500 sq/ft of climbing-specific training and general fitness to keep you strong, motivated, and healthy.

We’re more than just an indoor rock climbing gym

We understand the importance of community, which is why we created multiple lounge areas to provide an environment where trips can be planned and memories can be shared over coffee. We also have a Ping Pong table for when you are too pumped to continue climbing. Now that the approach is over it’s time to start climbing!


The Tufas Team

Alan Adams

Alan Adams

Youth Coach, Front Desk Staff

Before coaching at Tufas, I worked for a year and a half as a Climbing Instructor, teaching climbing safety and skills to new climbers. I also worked at a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower young adults by staying active.

Andrew Deming

Andrew Deming

Co-Founder

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Andrew Izzo

Andrew Izzo

Routsetter

I grew up just outside Phoenixville, in the Northeast suburbs of Philly. In 2015, at the tender age of 18, I was introduced to climbing at my local gym. Despite an un-athletic background, I was hooked and have spent my time doing little else since then— even at the expense of my grades and social life. […]

Austin Zeller

Austin Zeller

Youth Coach

Having always been abundantly energetic, sport and play have had a vital role in creating a healthy lifestyle for me. I come from a youth development background, as a part of the country’s leading non-profit in leveraging the power of play to enhance the lives of children both emotionally and physically. I have always had […]

Idaho Ketcham

Idaho Ketcham

Instructor, Front Desk Staff

I grew up for the most part around Hockessin, Delaware but also New Hampshire and Maine as a teenager. I first got into climbing when I was 13, frequenting climbing crags in the White Mountains. In 2016, I moved to a small island in the Gulf of Thailand, where I worked as a climbing and […]

Eli Prosper

Eli Prosper

Youth Coach

I implement my passion for youth development while building sustainable change in the Philadelphia community as a Site Coordinator with Playworks Philadelphia. I began my career with City Year, working in under-resourced Philadelphia communities for two years: both as an Americorps member and then becoming a Team Leader. I graduated with a double major in […]

Rory Coughlin

Rory Coughlin

Director of Routesetting, Instructor, Co-Founder

I began climbing in 2002, shortly after moving to Philadelphia, where the existing community there took me under their wing and started me on the climbing path. My passion for climbing has taken me across the world, climbing in Thailand, Sardinia, Sicily, Northern Italy, South Africa, and Mexico. I hope to give back to the […]

DJ Ladignon

DJ Ladignon

Fitness Instructor

DJ (he/him) – I was first introduced to the sport of rock climbing in college while studying for my BS in Kinesiology at Temple University. “I just love how one can utilize their whole body in such an intricate way to solve a boulder problem or sport route.” Aside from climbing, my interests include cooking, […]

Kadambari Pottasseril

Kadambari Pottasseril

Front Desk Staff

Kadambari (she/her) – I started climbing in 2015: one week in the Adirondacks filled with cold nights, no showers and flooded tents had ME hooked. After that, I went to the New and the Red, thoroughly enjoying the sandstone and granite routes despite being chased up the wall by gnats, horseflies and wasps. Unfortunately, I […]

Sophie Ng

Sophie Ng

Routesetter, Private Instructor, Front Desk Staff

Sophie (she/her) – I fell in love with rock climbing in 2017 after doing gymnastics for 13 years. I was lucky to find a job at a local climbing gym in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I grew up. I found that it was both a place where I could find a great diversity of interesting people […]

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Our Affiliations

American Alpine Club, Access Fund, American Mountain Guide Association, Climbing Wall Association, National Outdoor Leadership School, American Red Cross, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Drexel University