Matt McKellar, partner and future general manager of Riverfront Rock gym, embraces the site of the gym. Don’t worry, that barn will be fixed up, and a HUGE steel structure will be added just for the climbing.
Riverfront Rock Gym Coming to Wenatchee in 2016!
We are fortunate to live in an area with so many outdoor recreational opportunities within a 1 hour reach. For rock climbers, The Frenchman Coulee offers ample opportunities of single pitch climbing in the high desert, so the climbing season is long. In the warmer and drier months, Leavenworth offers bouldering, single pitch cragging, and amazing multi-pitch routes. As wonderful as these areas are for climbing, sometimes, you just don’t have the time to spare, or the weather is not cooperating. What’s a climber to do?
Well, in fall of 2016, Riverfront Rock Gym (RRG) will be opening! The facility will be across from the Town Toyota Center, next to Walla Walla Park. There will be over 10,000 square feet for bouldering, top roping, and lead climbing. The bouldering area will feature 2 levels. The climbing walls will be 40 feet high, and will have routes of all skill levels.
While the gym will be a great training ground for serious climbers, it will also be fun for families. The gym will have rooms set aside to host children’s birthday parties. There will also be a special kids area with unique holds and climbing obstacles. This will be a place to introduce your kids to climb. With enough youth involvement, we hope to form a youth team that will be able to compete nationally.
Sounds like an ambitious project? It is! The project is being undertaken by locals of the Wenatchee Valley, most of whom are climbers. The goal is to build a climbing gym that can rival those in the big cities and that are funded by bigger dollars. Our resources are stretched, but we still want to make this gym happen. For that reason, we are reaching out to the community for help.
There is a strong climbing community in the Wenatchee Valley. Many have wanted a gym for some time, but it’s not easy building one from the ground up. Please help us build this gym. We are crowd funding through indiegogo.com
via the Riverfront Rock Gym campaign. Together, we can make this the best ever climbing gym in Wenatchee Valley!
Thank you so much for your support in advance, and we look forward to seeing you at the gym next year!
Riverfront Rock Gym Team