Our Story

We (Jeremy and Karen Schaar, owners of Roca Climbing & Fitness), met over a decade ago through rock climbing.  Our love for the sport as well as being in the outdoors has shaped our relationship and family throughout the years.  We have shared our passion for climbing with friends and family by taking them on trips to Zion, Devil’s Tower, Yosemite, The Red, Joshua Tree, and our favorite, the Black Hills, in South Dakota.
Four years ago, we felt Rochester, MN needed a facility that would allow us to share these experiences with the Rochester community…to share the love of climbing.

We hope that you enjoy your experience at Roca!  

Share the love of climbing
To open climbing to as many people and groups as possible by providing personal attention and accessibility in a fun, vibrant and professional environment
  • Respect: We treat everyone that we work with as well as our customers and guests with respect and dignity.
  • Passion: We stand for what we believe in and are self-driven.
  • Community: We get excited to build relationships by working together to achieve common missions and goals.
  • Safety: We set a standard for accountability, safety, and engage with our staff to build trust to ensure a safety culture.
  • Fun: We take our job seriously, but we know that to be our best selves we need to have fun while doing it!
These values also live under the umbrella of Social Responsibility.  We believe in the life-changing, confidence-building power of climbing!  Since the beginning, Roca has hosted numerous non-profit and local youth organizations by donating our time and services.  Through donations, we have also helped these organizations raise funds that contribute to their mission and goals. 
Our owners, managers, and staff look for opportunities to volunteer, serve on committees, and join organizations that match their passions.  Our charitable priorities go towards efforts that target causes we feel most passionate about as well as serve the needs of our local community. 
If your organization would like to partner with Roca, please reach out to us through karen@climbroca.com or call us at 507-218-1500.