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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 indoor climbing facility to have a balance focused on rope wall climbing, but their bouldering rock wall couldn’t be lacking in appearance. As a result they dedicated most of the 8,000 sq. ft. wall space to rope rock climbing walls, 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 important to get right in this indoor rock climbing facility, as the Squamish community is used to being wowed by outdoor views, so a number of special paints and finishes were used to keep things unique. A floor plan focusing on the flow of the space between kids programming & beginner rock terrain, advanced wall climbing areas and a specific rock climbing training area for experienced wall climbers, rounds out the strategy that Ground Up executes on perfectly.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: A wide angle view of the entire climbing gym facility in Squamish, BC. ARC climbing walls from Vertical Solutions were used throughout the entirety of construction for both bouldering and rope climbing, as well as custom stains for their Black Diamond branding. The whole bouldering wall is visible from this view, and you can see where the origins overhung feature that gently starts at one end.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: A down low view of the lengthy bouldering area on the mezzanine level. Habit Flooring has their climbers’ backs on falls all the way up to the 16’ top-out. In the foreground, you can see some custom benches VS built to use Black Diamond crash pads.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: When you want to build-out a large area with interesting features and challenging moves but remain cost-effective to your bottom line, MLM wall design and construction from VS seen here should be your choice.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: The north facing view from a corner of this impressive climbing gym with a comprehensive set of offerings. This Squamish gym is truly a climbers’ gym, with some of the hardest grading in the country, no auto-belays, dedicated training areas with campus board and tread wall as well as a pro-shop.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: When their customers take a break from sending inside or out, they head here to train using a number of different tools and methods. Or ya know, just hang out during a rainy day drinking espresso on one of their comfy iconic red couches.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: Another view of the MLM designed and built route wall area at this gym. It features challenging overhung climbing for over 40’ of height, a custom top-coat stain on specific ares to accentuate the gym’s branding and a large custom Black Diamond logo cementing their sponsorship with one of climbings biggest players.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: Another view of the training area and tools available to customers here. VS can built-out these areas for you, including a custom install of tread-walls for people to get their milage in.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: Modern, design-driven and authentic indoor climbing gyms and training facilities are a specialization that we have like no other. This gym while having the VS-touch and feel is unmistakably unique to Ground Up and the customers who frequent. We aren’t out to replicate well-traveled designs.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: The entry view of this climbing gym, which remains open and airy for customers to check-in, browse the new merch, get some deets on upcoming clinics or relax with an americano.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: Bouldering here at this Squamish gym gets its own floor. Built exclusively of ARC wall designs and construction, this wall starts polite enough but gets extremely aggressive to climbers the further down you go.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: ARC walls designed and built by Vertical Solutions play nicely with volumes built by any brand. Our curved walls still maintain enough contact area for your routsetters to consistently create new problems using volumes. The non-destructive nature of our layer system means screw holes left over will not propagate.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: In-between the two lead walls and tower, is a bridge to the outdoors to quickly remind climbers exactly where they are at. The cool and crisp air of one of climbing’s classic areas rushes in via large garage door strategically located to introduce natural light as well.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: The Vertical Solutions approach to your indoor climbing walls and bouldering floors sees both systems consisting of ultra clean lines and consistent appearance. Walls seamlessly transition from one angle to another, and floors feature large seamless sections for a wrinkle-resistant surface.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: A wide view of the mezzanine level with a 100’ bouldering wall, which shows the smooth transition from vertical wall to deep overhung cave. Somehow this camera still isn’t capable of capturing how long this wall is while maintaining of one congruent surface from end-to-end.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: Squamish is a climbers heaven, and they create them at an early age here. This gym has a couple of areas for kids including this small wall built on the the side of a stairway up to the mezzanine bouldering.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: One of the main route climbing areas offered here, designed and constructed using ARC walls with grand sweeping curves and purposeful arrete features.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: A great shot of the landscape offered at this gym, with a tall tower in the center, bouldering mezzanine, challenging overhung lead climbing walls, sharp arete nose feature on another wall and cafe to sit and relax pre or post-send.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: This grand mezzanine here runs the full length of the building and you can almost see all 8,000 square feet of climbing in this one view. Vertical Solutions isn’t in the business of simply selling climbing walls but rather advising clients on how to maximize the authenticity and engagement of their facilities.