Good News for Denver-Area Rock Climbers: Progress on Indoor Climbing Options

2012 December 8
by David Schlichter

The Denver Bouldering Club has expanded and added Good new bouldering walls

Several months ago I wrote an extensive article about the need for a premier full-service climbing gym in central Denver.  The article talks about how the two nearest full-size climbing gyms to downtown Denver are each a 25-30 minute drive from downtown, and while there are some smaller climbing options near downtown, they’ve left much to be desired.

Thankfully, that is beginning to change.  The Denver Bouldering Club, a bouldering-only gym in the warehouses southeast of 6th and Bryant, recently undertook an expansion that more than doubled its space.  In addition to adding new bouldering walls, the club expanded access so that non-members can come in any day of the week during normal working hours (non-members used to only be able to come between 6pm and 10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays), and they are starting to offer punch cards for non-members, which enables guests to save a little money on frequent visits.  This is a great development for the Denver climbing scene, especially since the DBC is the most centrally located indoor climbing option in Denver.

The new Earth Treks indoor climbing gym slated to open in Golden in late 2013

This week brought us another huge step in the right direction, when Earth Treks announced that it will be bringing a full-sized, purpose-built rock climbing gym to Golden–20 minutes west of the heart of downtown.  According to Earth Treks, the new gym will open late in 2013 and will feature a whopping 25,000 sq. ft. of climbing.  That’s fantastic news, especially for those who live near Golden or on the west side of downtown Denver.  I am definitely excited to check out this new gym when it opens, though I still believe it doesn’t really solve the problem of the lack of a high-quality, full-service gym in central Denver.

In my previous article I mentioned that Movement, a premier rock climbing gym in Boulder, is looking for suitable locations for a second location in or near central Denver, so I checked in with them to see how the Earth Treks gym in Golden affects their plans.  “It doesn’t change our trajectory at all–Movement is still actively looking to build a gym in Denver,” said Movement’s Anne-Worley Moelter.  Nice!  That is Good news–I just hope that they find a suitable location sooner rather than later.

A couple weeks ago I visited St. Louis, Missouri, where I stopped by Climb So Ill, a new climbing gym near downtown St. Louis.  The gym is fantastic–it blends quality climbing with the renovation of a historic building and thoughtful, artistic design.  It is the second of two full-sized and full-service climbing gyms in/near downtown St. Louis.

I hope that soon we, too, can celebrate the opening of a high-quality, full-service, thoughtfully-designed rock climbing gym in central Denver, but in the mean time, there is real progress to be celebrated.  I’m excited about the expanded Denver Bouldering Club, I look forward to the opening of Earth Treks in Golden, and I hope that Movement finds a suitable location for a gym in central Denver soon.  I’ll do my best to keep you posted with new developments as they come!

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