Meridian’s first climbing gym plans to open to the public before Christmas.
Construction on Vertical View Climbing Gym is coming to a close, with painting, flooring and finishing touches still left. When it’s complete at the end of the year, the climbing gym — overlooking Interstate 84 off Overland and Locust Grove roads — will be four-stories high with climbing walls varying from 20 feet to 65 feet.
The climbing gym will have a full-fitness area with weightlifting, cardio and exercise equipment, a yoga studio, a hot yoga studio, a children’s climbing area, a conference and party room, and a bouldering area, according to Tyler Pape, administrative director.
“This isn't just a climbing gym — it's a community center for the entire climbing community,” he said in an email.
The climbing gym was dreamed up by Pape and Tyson Gray, who hoped the gym would fill the gap left by left by Urban Ascent, a Boise rock climbing gym that closed in 2018. In May 2018, they announced their plans to open Vertical View.
Since then, the former general manager of Urban Ascent and seven other owners began working to build another climbing gym on the Boise Bench, according to KIVI Boise. That gym, The Commons Climbing Gym, will open this fall, according to its Facebook page.
Pape said he is excited to form an “awesome partnership” with The Commons.
When Pape and Gray announced Vertical View, they said it'd be a place for both experienced climbers and newcomers. As construction has continued, the pair has also thought a lot about creating options for families. Pape said that is a "big part of why we wanted to build a big facility," so there would be things for each member of a family to do at the gym.
There are at least three other facilities with climbing walls in the Treasure Valley: Asana Rock Climbing & Bouldering Gym in Garden City; West Boise YMCA; and the Boise State University Recreation Center.
Vertical View plans to release information about pricing and membership in the next couple of weeks on their website, verticalview.com, followed by programming information. The climbing gym plans to hire 15 to 20 staff members in November, and grow from there.
Pape said he has been contacted by a lot of people who want to know more about the facility.
“People are really excited to get their hands on these really tall walls,” he said.