Salt Lake City, UT
- The Front Climbing Club
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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 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.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: The very first thing you will notice when you walk into this impressive facility? The staggering wall height. Routes reaching up to 70’ to be exact. This creates an open and airy feeling that when combined with the overabundance of light coming from the giant windows and garage doors facing the courtyard, and the gorgeous sweeping wood walls, emulates the outdoors in an unbelievable way.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: Curved, wooden walls with an incredible level of detail is just one of the many distinguishing factors of this facility. Vertical Solutions as company has distinguished ourselves from other wall builders by consistently using our ability to deliver this level and quality of a product at a competitive cost.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: A slightly more detailed shot showing the arch that leads to the back “horseshoe” climbing wall area. Everything about this facility is meant to give the impression of height, as you can see here with the lines of this wall feature drawing your eyes upward.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: Climber-view looking straight up at the complex intersection of five curved ARC walls, showing how expertly all of them are curved to meet one-another and join in smooth flowey transitions.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: Dubbed “The eye” by the Vertical Solutions design team, this picture shows the scale of how large and sunk-in it really is, with a complex roof design that was built for climbers to overcome.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: A view from the very back of the indoor climbing gym which gives a good scale of how big Vertical Solutions built this gym. All of this is specifically dedicated to indoor rope-climbing, with indoor bouldering on the other sides of the facility.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: A view looking out from “the horseshoe” climbing wall area of the gym, showing the three extra tall stories, all featuring something different for their customers outdoor lifestyles.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: This indoor climbing gym has climbing walls made to impress, and host some of the worlds greatest climbers during The Front’s annual Di’namik. It was built with spectating, and more importantly, socialization in mind.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: From the outside, you can see how unique this building is even from afar. Vertical Solutions, as a climbing wall builder, leaves no angle untouched. This climbing gym expansion was purpose-built from the ground up.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: This picture taken during construction and before the courtyard completion, shows how well this climbing gym blends indoors with the outdoors. Windows everywhere to let in natural northern and western light, as well as oversized garage doors to open up and allow fresh outdoor air to fill the indoor climbing gym.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: The south side of the climbing gym with the entrance to the west, before you even step inside you get an idea of what climbing wall heights await you.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: Much of this indoor climbing gym facility exhibits the custom work we excel at building, but as far as first impressions go, we put our best foot forward when you enter The Front. The difference is immediately noticeable.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: We opted to create this perfect mixture of indoor/outdoor vibe and balance in lieu of maxing-out indoor climbing area. This is the foundation of the concept behind this facility, and the unwavering craftsmanship within is something that needs to be seen to be believed.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: A view of the staggering heights and natural light that was designed into the climbing gym area, from the second of three levels inside the expansion facility.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: In this view of two of the three indoor climbing levels, you can see the efficient use of new MLM constructed designs that incorporate traditional indoor bouldering on deep caves below as well as training systems boards at various angles above on the second level.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: A closer look at the various Moon Board and systems boards that were designed into this climbing gym, with the Habit bouldering flooring system below.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: Geometric wall design doesn’t get much better than this. You can see the highly aesthetic hardwood details on panel joints and the top rail here in this picture, in addition to the natural grains of the birch hardwood finish that can accommodate any friction finish you are looking for. Vertical Solutions MLM wall construction has a number of advantages over its counterparts. Quick construction offsite via CNC, an assortment of wood finishes, stains, paints and textures available, and adjustments on the fly onsite to tweak designs just how you want them.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: As with a lot of indoor climbing gyms that Vertical Solutions builds, this example is built to host events and comps frequently. The design of the walls is meant to be lit from a number of angles for a fun and unique community space.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: Comps are key to every indoor climbing gyms community outreach and involvement. The Front hosts comps regularly and has spectating space designed into the facility to exactly that.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: No matter where you are in this facility, you are never quarantined off away from the action of climbing and socializing. This mezzanine level hosts a number of strength training and cardio workout areas for their customers, and much of it overlooks the climbing below, in front, and above you.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: A view of the expansive workout area that boarders the indoor climbing level below.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: Another view of how much capacity and options there are at the workout gym on the mezzanine level of The Front.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: By the front entrance and staff desk, The Front has a very purpose-built retail area with Utah’s largest climbing and outdoor-specific gear, apparel, library, snack and beverage shop to meet the demands of all their customers.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: A view down the original indoor rock climbing walls that were serving a large bouldering community.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: A more up-close shot of the OG climbing walls that transition into slightly new Vertical Solutions-built walls to the left. This location of The Front has been around since 1999. Vertical Solutions has a ton of experience retrofitting new walls in established rock climbing gym locations.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: You can see how seamless the transition from old to new is here, another design and manufacturing expertise for Vertical Solutions.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: A long history of the region’s best comps is something that continues to drive community involvement at The Front. So when it came time to build-out more indoor climbing space and improve an already great facility, Vertical Solutions knew exactly what to do to keep the same culture.
The Front Climbing Club - Salt Lake: Another image from the back of the OG indoor bouldering gym looking forward along the original bouldering walls. This new ARC wall cave is the perfect spot for comps and spectators. Massive overhung height make for breathtaking moves in-person, and Habit Flooring keeping them safe below.