Rock climbing

New climbing and bouldering gym opens Wednesday in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Grip Bouldering, a unique type of climbing gym and training facility in Grand Junction, is holding its grand opening on February 2.

The gymnasium will have 2200 feet of different walls for beginners and advanced climbers. As well as lessons for all ages and all levels. They have different memberships, even one type for 24 hour access. Their goal is to provide a safe space for beginners to learn to climb.

“We offer a beginner’s bouldering course or an introductory bouldering course which is free with membership,” said Program Director and Director of Route Planning Mike Kimmel. “We have an intermediate technique course for people who want to take the next step. We offer cross-training fitness classes for rock climbing and then we have a full range of youth programs.

They also offer a local guiding program for people wishing to transfer their skills to bouldering outside. Additionally, they are the only facility in the state to offer a mesh board which is a rock climbing assessment tool.

“Basically what we wanted to do was create a safe facility for people to train,” said co-owner and adult trainer Ben Rueck. “After that, they can use those skills outdoors and explore the great outdoors.”

The grand opening is tomorrow February 2nd. With opening weekend events on Friday and Saturday, including promotions, giveaways, contests, demos and $5 day passes.

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