A new concept by Brooklyn Boulders, BKBX is an Adventure Training Center where patrons find fitness classes utilizing innovative technology. With an extensive climbing area and state-of-art recovery room, members build upon their current abilities as they prepare for their outdoor adventures.
Crux's first location in Austin, TX boasts almost 11,000 sq. ft. of climbing area, windows to climb on, a 1400 sq. ft. cave with a fully-climbable 13’ ceiling, intricate lighting detail, an adjustable (yes, adjustable) climbing wall called the “Future Wall”, custom Habit Flooring system and specialized wall colors and textures. With all of these funky and eclectic features, the owners can easily keep Austin weird.
The poster-child for why Birmingham was noted in Outside Magazine's Best Towns list, this beautiful facility is actually one of two owned by the same climbers, Joe Ortega and Tim Diegmann. Dedicated specifically to bouldering, Joe and Tim expanded from the original facility First Ave Rocks to accommodate massive growth in the climbing community over the past years. Featuring just over 6,600 sq.ft. of climbing, the design relies on both ARC and MLM construction to provide challenge and variety to their member-base. Whats more, is the 1,500 sq.ft. of climbing walls in The Forge training area...More
Brooklyn Boulders’ facilities are the nation’s premier climbing gyms in major metropolitan areas. Two New York City locations, Boston and Chicago, have all had VS design and manufacturing incorporated. Their brand of giving members much more than climbing walls, such as working & collaboration spaces, music/art performances and even TED Talks, has created a culture that resonates with these urban populations. This facility in the ultra up-and-coming Somerville neighborhood specifically features a 40,000 sq. ft. floor plan with 28,000 sq. ft. of climbing, a multitude of…More
The facility that started it all back in 2009: Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) original Gowanus location. Set right in the heart of Brooklyn, this BKB facility was home-grown and launched the BKB brand into success by tapping into a previously ignored urban population looking for a unique climbing experience. When you go to BKB you are not just a climbing gym member, you are part of a dedicated community built to inspire you to do awesome things. This diverse community opens you up to challenge yourself in every way possible, be it physically, emotionally or mentally. At Brooklyn Boulders...More
Continuing on their path of building more than just an indoor climbing gym, this Chicago location marks the expansion of BKB westward to deliver their third entry into a major metropolitan area. With this facility and the two before it, Brooklyn Boulders has not only proven, but refined their model for success. The Chicago population had a major need for a new type of workout facility that embodied and aligned with all of their interests; and BKB delivered in a big way. Providing a climbing community for urban populations is what BKB has mastered and continued to tackle, but they won’t settle for anything short of...More
The owners of Übergrippen are essentially executing on the perfect plan of bringing a modern, design-driven facility to a city that couldn't be more deserving. Successful in their existing careers, Jake and Kim Crine decided to hang up the office commute and pursue their passion for climbing and entrepreneurship. Shortly after finding the ideal real estate to do so, they started building a 23,000 square foot facility and incorporating plans resulting in 16,000 square feet of route climbing and 2,500 square feet of bouldering . Most early-stage climbing gym owners would be satisfied with accomplishing...More
Long Beach Rising was built for individuals who strive to be better today than they were yesterday. This all-bouldering gym features 5,000 square feet of climbing at a height of 15 feet as well as a fitness facility is housed in a historic 15,000 square foot building. To preserve the original wood truss framing of the roof, the floor of the main bouldering area was dug out allowing for higher boulder problems. With a balance between competition style climbing and outdoor training, Long Beach Rising has something for first-time climbers and professionals alike.
Longmont Climbing Collective is a perfect example of how dedicated climbing industry pros Mack and Bryan saw an opportunity to go next-level with their community engagement. As owner/operators of Butora USA, they are no stranger to the climbing industry, but their vision wasn't going to stop at shoes. They decided to tap into the wildly underserved Colorado Front Range market, and produce this stunning and ultra well-thought out 16,000 sq.ft. facility with approximately 7,000 sq.ft. of climbing surface. They used freestanding and building-anchored designs, with both ARC and MLM construction...More
Opened in 2013, this bouldering-specific facility located on the Upper East Side of New York City packs a lot into a small space. This climbing gym features over 2000 square feet of climbing walls, using ARC designs for curved features throughout. It is impressive how easily you can get your fix for climbing met in the middle of the largest metropolitan area in the US. The unique dimensions of the space required proper planning ahead of time to maximize the floor plan for climbing square footage, fall zones, customer ease of approach and one seriously steep cave design feature.More
When Steep Rock Bouldering owner Michael Cesari came to us with his location for his second gym, we were more than psyched. SRB West as it would be called, was targeting a beautiful building around Columbia University, where the exterior featured a full glass facade. Unlike his original location which features a shotgun-style exterior where little is seen by passers-by, Vertical Solutions had to create something that would be on public display for 24 hours a day. The challenges of this, plus a multi-floor design, efficient use of space and New York City logistics in general make this project an absolute stand-out...More
For more than three decades, The Front Climbing Club has been the destination for climbing, fitness, yoga and hanging with friends while forgetting about the grind of daily routines.
The Front has grown from meager, bouldering-only beginnings to cutting-edge rock climbing and fitness utopias, and we were proud to help them add a third facility to the fold – a ground-up lifestyle gym in the newly-minted Town of Millcreek – just ten minutes south of their Salt Lake City headquarters...More
When the owner of Nashville's first climbing gym decided it was time to expand to a second location, he did so with a plan and a purpose. Always viewed as the testing grounds for an eventual second gym, owner Newton Dominey took everything learned from the previous 8 years and compiled it to produce this unbelievably stunning flagship 17,000 sq.ft. example with 12,500 square feet of climbing. The Crag is a community showpiece with 9,000 sq.ft. of route climbing, 3,500 sq.ft. of bouldering, 12 auto-belay lines, large retail space, large training area and yoga space and some of the sexiest climbing wall designs ever made by man...More
As Norfolk's first dedicated rock climbing facility, Latitude Climbing and Fitness is all about community. Whether climbing, practicing yoga or working out this gym has something for the whole family with a children's specific climbing area. With extensive space dedicated to socializing, co-working and après climbing activities, Latitude spared no expense on their non-climbing amenities.
The sister facility to The Front Climbing Club in SLC, Ogden is an equally impressive facility in its own right, being located in a stunning downtown historic building with challenging interior architecture. Similar to its SLC sister, Ogden opted to design and build a combination of ARC and MLM indoor climbing wall systems that utilize an existing open and airy layout in lieu of maximized climbing area. With that said, there are some very inventive spaces that distinguish the facility from the norm. Taking this design approach allowed the owners to create additional usable area in the form of a mezzanine...More
Rock Spot - Providence is one of the many Rock Spot climbing gyms found in the Northeastern United States. Featuring 3,500 square feet of interesting angles and two adjustable training walls, this boutique bouldering gym accomplishes Rock Spot's mission of making climbing accessible to all ages and all abilities.
You would think having built three indoor climbing gyms in major metropolitan areas previously, that the teams at BKB and VS would have seen and adapted to it all. But this location, which serves a different subset of New York City’s nearly 8.5 million residents, proved there were still many new challenges out there in order to deliver a new type of indoor climbing facility to an underserved community. It’s hard enough to design and construct any type of new business in a city like New York City, but it was incredibly important for the owners of Brooklyn Boulders to return to their roots and...More
Welcome to one of the most impressive indoor rock climbing facilities in the world. Boasting over 50,000 square feet of facility with just over 30,000 square feet of rock climbing, cardio and free weights, outdoor courtyard, full-service cafe, multiple yoga studios, a full retail/gear shop and a separate mountain sports training facility. It encompasses everything the outdoor rock climbing enthusiast would ever need in an urban area. This climbing gym is our own ‘urban oasis’ in the heart of downtown SLC, and serves as the office headquarters for Vertical Solutions and all of our umbrella brands.More
The Armadillo Boulders gym is a love letter to the city of San Antonio, Texas. This gym features over 5,200 square feet of bouldering inspired by armadillos, flamenco dancers and other cultural symbols. Everyone from beginners to seasoned crushers will feel the love.
Santa Fe Climbing Center is the poster child for what happens when a business owner dedicates themselves to the climbing community they serve. With decades of history behind it, the owners decided that growth was the key and built a complete replacement facility. Modernization with gorgeous wood walls was compulsory, yes, but deviation in their focus and floor plan was not. SFCC maintained their 100% dedication to core climbing audience by throwing every square foot they had in the new facility at climbing only, no other distractions. With that in mind, future proofing was also a…More
CIBA Climbing Gym’s mission is to provide patrons of all ages a fun, controlled climbing gym environment in which to exercise, socialize, and gain new climbing skills. The owners knew they had the community support to justify their vision, as their community is small, but highly focused on climbing. It was important that they not loose sight of the goals, and planned the size of their project and climbing walls appropriately without breaking the bank to accomplish it. They focus on the fundamentals and sharing the joy of climbing with individuals of all ages and skill levels so one main…More
Ground Up built a well-deserved indoor climbing gym with Vertical Solutions that is every bit as beautiful inside as B.C. is outside. The owners wanted their facility to have a balance focused on rope climbing, but their bouldering wall couldn’t be lacking in appearance. As a result they dedicated most of the 8,000 sq. ft. wall space to rope climbing, but the 16 ft. tall & 94 ft. long bouldering wall is a standout not to be taken lightly. At that height and with compound curves throughout, the result is somehow both aesthetically inviting from afar and menacing on the approach. Aesthetics were ultra…More
The BLOC indoor rock climbing gym is a 20,000 square foot dedicated bouldering and fitness with 7,000 square feet of climbing walls. The model for this business is pretty unique, because it's actually a sister indoor climbing facility to their dedicated rope-climbing gym located nearby. Already having success with an existing facility allowed them to identify how underserved their market was and craft their vision of how to address the needs of all. So, enter the plan for flowing, curved, custom-stained and expertly manufactured extra tall bouldering walls, complete with a large and...More
Some may be surprised to learn that Vertical Solutions completes a significant number of residential, school and corporate climbing wall projects every year. The challenges of these walls are much different than commercial projects; bringing climbing into your home or workplace requires a different approach to building integration and overall degree of difficultly, among other things. Many times these projects have a strong, and warranted focus on aesthetics. We work closely with the stakeholders & property owners to deliver exactly what they envision. These examples below are just the beginning of what we can do for your residence or corporation.More
The owners of this giant megaplex built for kids came to us with a very specific set of criteria for their climbing walls and we jumped at the chance to create a perfect product for them. They needed something fun looking geared towards first-time climbers and ultimately cost-effective and quick to install. So our team got to work and delivered 5,500 sq.ft. of climbing walls combined with custom-mixed climbing holds -- all of which were produced to react with blacklight. Our Single Layer Modular (SLM) wall system was the perfect match for their budget and quick timeframe needed. Combined with a plethora of...More
The walls that launched our company into the spotlight, our exclusive three-layer ARC system exhibits beautiful, aesthetic curves, sweeping lines, cathedral-like impact and the incredible durability that Vertical Solutions is known for. This style of wall design will separate you from the competition, and have your customers anxious to send new routes as soon as they go up. ARC walls represent the future of climbing gym design but our expertise is due to our 10 year history delivering stunning examples. Event within that 10 years, every design is one-of-a-kind, so head over to our gallery to see what is possible...More
Our MLM designs are a simpler, more economical way of producing climbing walls while maintaining the same strength and customization as all Vertical Solutions products. Our dual-layer, 1” thick walls are mostly manufactured off-site, cutting site time down significantly. However, a final layer of finish sheeting is applied on-site after the initial walls are assembled, creating the rigidity and ultra-clean, seamless look we’re known for. Once assembled on-site, all of the high-end stains, textures and finishes are still available to our clients that we use with our premium ARC wall systems. Click over to our gallery and see our MLM geometric walls...More
Our most recently-launched system, Single Layer Modular walls are purposely designed and manufactured to optimize fabrication times, install speed and cost-effectiveness. We’ve taken the classic approach used throughout the industry for decades and improved it in a variety of ways. The result is a system that is versatile enough to meet the needs of demanding projects requiring a lot of custom and authentic work, while still aligning with your business plan that has a very real bottom line to meet. The least expensive of our climbing wall options, unlike the common single layer systems from others, the SLM from Vertical Solutions doesn’t leave anything on the table in regards to strength, quality or looks.More
The Habit Flooring bouldering system has been out in the field at some of the nation's premiere climbing gyms for over 6 years. During that time, we've been adding to the already-impressive client list that trusts and uses our bouldering floors. We took the idea of a bouldering-specific floor and optimized every aspect of it for climber safety, staff maintenance, serviceability, durability and cost of ownership. If that wasn't enough, we have the longest warranty in the business to back it up. Take a look through the pictures to see just a select few projects that highlight the advantages of this system over other products.More
Route flooring is important to get right in your facility just like your bounding floor system. The essential functionality is intended to protect heel strikes in case of a fall before attaining the first clip on lead. But you want it to have a clean aesthetic, while providing comfort for your partner belaying you below. Our route flooring is typically designed as a 2” closed cell system to hold up to high foot traffic, while also maintaining the ability to attenuate heel strike impacts. Have a need for something even more unique? This system can be also be ordered in a variety of thicknesses, colors and...More