- Ground Up Climbing Centre
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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 great view of the ARC bouldering walls that seamlessly transition from upright to a deep cave for all levels of climbing experience, along with the Habit bouldering flooring system beneath.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: With a climber on the wall you can really see the scale of the entire climbing wall design and how Vertical Solutions likes to treat all surface joints with hardwood details.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: Another closer view that shows the massive scale of the bouldering ARC walls. ARC wall construction can seamlessly, or sharply, transition from deep caves to mildly overhung at any height, or anything in-between. This style lacks the necessity of multiple triangulated panels and gives a much smoother and flowey look to your climbing gym walls.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: While the owners absolutely loved the look and quality of the wood climbing gym walls we frequently construct, they wanted to mix-in some special graphic design and style throughout, as well as a way to cement their close relationship with Black Diamond. So we executed a plan to give them all the color they needed to convey that this wasn’t your ordinary climbing gym.
Ground Up Climbing Centre: No bouldering or route climbing walls were built here that didn’t get scrutinized for interesting angles and 3D-curves to be integrated within. Here, even some of the tall rope climbing walls were designed with bouldering comps in mind due to the layout of their space and allocation for spectator room.