Florida may lack natural rock structures on which to climb like our distant primate relatives, but that doesn’t mean you have to travel far to get your climbs in. Orlando is set to get a brand new rock climbing gym soon — and it’s sure to bring out your inner mountain man, or woman!
Sounds like the perfect excuse to wear yourself out on the rocks, and then wind down with a good draft.
The gym is going to be huge, with equipment for both beginners and seasoned climbers.
Totaling 15,000 square feet, Swan City will also have a 7,000 square foot section of bouldering walls meant for climbing without ropes, free weights, climbing training, and even a coffee bar.
We wouldn’t suggest climbing on that part, though.
The Scandinavian company behind the planning, Moments Climbing, will be making its first mark on the United States rock climbing scene with this project.
The vice president of Moments Climbing, Dean Privett, saw Florida as one of the last great frontiers for rock climbing. They already have another gym in the works set for Pittsburg, too.
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Privett noticed how many climbing gyms are offered in other major cities across the U.S. and felt that Orlando would be the best spot to add more variety and options to the field.
The entirety of the Sunshine State is home to only about two dozen rock climbing gyms. Compared to California’s over-100 locations and Colorado’s 70, Privett’s decision appears to be well thought out.
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The VP also sees the location as ideal to cater to the centralized Orlando population, not to mention central Florida's college students.
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While no official dates have been released regarding the opening of the facility yet, the buildout is expected to be finished with an opening in mid to late 2020.
I guess we'll have to stick to climbing trees in the meantime.
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