MATTHEWS – Inner Peaks Climbing Center plans to move its Crownpoint climbing gym to Matthews later this year.
The Charlotte-based firm operates two locations: Crownpoint (9535 Monroe Road) and South End (2220 S. Tryon St.). The Crownpoint location will stay open until the new space on Independence Point Parkway near Target is ready to move in.
“It will be larger with more climbing space than our current facility,” said Miranda Harrison, marketing manager for the company. “We will have more climbing training devices at the location as well.”
The new space will house rope climbing, 10 auto belays, over 200 linear feet of bouldering, training area, fitness area, yoga room and party space.
It will be built in two phases, including 23-foot roped climbing walls in phase one. The second phase involves opening up the back section of the gym to increase the roped climbing walls to 50 feet.
Harrison, a climbing enthusiast who followed her passion to Inner Peaks, said one of the biggest benefits to indoor climbing is community.
“You can be a member at a fitness gym for years and still not know anyone else by name who goes there,” Harrison said. “With the climbing community, it’s a lot more close-knit. You’re going to get to know the other members who climb here. It really is a sport or avenue that can bring people together.”
Inner Peaks specializes in climbing education and events. Programs include youth climbing teams, parties and groups.
Indoor climbing also has low barriers to entry for beginners without worrying about the weather.
“It’s easier to walk in off the street, having never climbed before, and do it at an indoor gym than getting into the outdoor climbing community,” Harrison said.