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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Dec 6, 2012
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

I received this announcement this morning. Pretty exciting news for folks in Golden as well as the Front Range in general. Earthtreks operates three gyms back east.

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Earth Treks Climbing Centers is thrilled to announce that we’re coming to Golden Colorado! Founded in 1990, Earth Treks operates three premier indoor climbing centers in Maryland including Earth Treks Rockville, which boasts the largest climbing wall in the nation. That’s right; Earth Treks is saddled up and headed west to the Rocky Mountain state!

Slated to be open in late 2013, Earth Treks Golden’s 29,000 sq ft building will be built from the ground up. After more than 15 years of running climbing gyms, we’ve learned a lesson or two about what makes a climbing gym great. First we’ll start with over 25,000 sq. ft. of climbing with walls up to 48 ft high, including tons of bouldering and roped climbing for all ages and abilities. Next we’ll add key amenities like a huge fitness center, dedicated strength training area, yoga facilities, and locker rooms with all the bells and whistles. Finally we add our commitment to excellent customer service and a welcoming climbing community. At Earth Treks, it’s our mission to “share our passion for climbing,” and we are thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to deliver on that promise in Golden.

About the wall: We encourage you to look at our gyms in Maryland for hints about where we are headed on design. We are committed to delivering a next generation gym, evolving from 15 years of customer feedback and extensive consultation with route setters, competition climbers and gym owners. A great gym starts with thoughtful design, but allows for continuous renovations. All of our gyms have been expanded and/or renovated in the past few years. Our Rockville, MD gym has over 38,000 sq. ft. of climbing walls. While size isn’t the most important thing, great route setting and varied terrain help keep our members happy.

Location, location, location. Earth Treks Golden is just 15 minutes from downtown Denver and conveniently located near the intersection of Rt. 6, I-70 and C-470. The new Golden light rail station due to open this winter is less than a ten minute walk away. Before we are even open, the city will be constructing pedestrian paths and a bridge that will take you right to our door. The gym will have ample parking—whether you arrive by car or bike.

Earth Treks expects to break ground in March.

Keep tabs on all the exciting developments as they unfold at www.earthtreksclimbing.com and the Earth Treks Golden Facebook Page


Elevation.
Elevation.


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By Old Crusty
Dec 6, 2012

Great news! I have climbed in their gyms in Maryland and they were great. Looking forward to this.


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By EarthTreks
Dec 6, 2012

I can confirm. Earth Treks is in fact coming to Golden, CO. We're so excited about our plans for the new gym. You can follow the project at earthtreksclimbing.com and on Facebook. Earth Treks, Chris Jenkins


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By KDog
Dec 6, 2012

This is fabulous news!!!! A perfect location too. I'm psyched!!!


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By sanz
From Raleigh, NC
Dec 6, 2012
One of my first trad leads, on Ooga Chocka at Crowder's Mountain.

Hide your kids, Golden!


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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 6, 2012
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br />photo: Blake McCord

its about time! excellent news!


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By Tony Hawk
Dec 6, 2012

When is a climbing gym going to hire a decent architect to do a building that is something more than a big metal shed with some walls in it. I'm sure the climbing will be great knowing the Maryland gyms, but the elevation looks so utterly banal. Especially as this is a ground up building.


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Dec 6, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

don't care how it looks, as long as it climbs. :D


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By Wally
From Denver
Dec 6, 2012

Looks and sounds great to me!

Thanks for passing on this awesome news, Andy. And Chris, good luck getting this off the ground. Location looks to be very good, I am sure you guys will see a lot of interest from the get go.

Wally


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By Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Dec 6, 2012
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA I was working on - don't see that every day...

Tony Hawk wrote:
When is a climbing gym going to hire a decent architect to do a building that is something more than a big metal shed with some walls in it. I'm sure the climbing will be great knowing the Maryland gyms, but the elevation looks so utterly banal. Especially as this is a ground up building.


So you would rather pay higher fees for some exterior lipstick?? It's a sports facility not a museum.


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By Tony Hawk
Dec 6, 2012

Last time I looked around there were some pretty amazing sports facilities out there.

Who said anything about a more expensive gym? There are ways to make an exterior more exciting, interesting, dynamic, than the bland industrial shell for the same cost. Even on the interior...all these very expressive walls and generally the architecture does not respond. Plus a nicely designed facility certainly doesn't hurt attracting more clientele.

Sorry I'm an architect and a climber...can't resist the comment. I'd love to design a climbing gym. All these crazy walls inside and no response from the architecture.


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By Legs Magillicutty
From Littleton
Dec 6, 2012
Function over fashion.  My newest pair of climbing shoes.

Yes! This is awesome. Finally something on the west side. YAY!


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By Mike Morin
From On the Road
Dec 6, 2012
Lincoln Lake

Woohoo! Right across from my office!


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By Jon H
From Boulder
Dec 6, 2012
At the matching crux

Tony Hawk wrote:
Last time I looked around there were some pretty amazing sports facilities out there. Who said anything about a more expensive gym? There are ways to make an exterior more exciting, interesting, dynamic, than the bland industrial shell for the same cost. Even on the interior...all these very expressive walls and generally the architecture does not respond. Plus a nicely designed facility certainly doesn't hurt attracting more clientele. Sorry I'm an architect and a climber...can't resist the comment. I'd love to design a climbing gym. All these crazy walls inside and no response from the architecture.


Maybe you should contact Earth Treks and offer services?


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By slim
Administrator
Dec 6, 2012
tomato, tomotto, kill mike amato.

actually, the 'shed' look seems to be very 'in' with architects.... i wouldn't want to pay extra for non-functional turd polish (sometimes referred to as 'architecture').


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By Wyowhitewater
From Golden
Dec 7, 2012

Looks awesome but they are gonna have to change their pricing a bit or I will still drive the 20min up to rock,n,jamin $20 day passes or $69 monthly memberships way to pricey for my blood, do some local research come up with some off hours pricing or something unlike the east coast we have year round outdoor climbing to be had those prices are not going to get the rainy day indoor climbers to your gym. Please don't put some elitist gym in golden if you want to put that crap up put it up over in cherry creek.


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By Wannabe
Dec 7, 2012

Fair Disclosure: I actually don't climb at the Earthtreks gyms or any gym really regularly because I can't afford to.

Even so I wouldn't call their gyms elitist. Know and climbed with several of the staff outdoors and anytime I do manage to go there's never any weirdness with the clientele. There is some bad electronica playing once in awhile but whaddya gonna do?

A side note: A new gym out in Manassas seems to have a good crew of people working for it and they seem interested in setting up a fee structure that would make is accesible to more people so good on them. Maybe the invisible hand of capitalism does work and we just have to be more patient?


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By mark felber
From Wheat Ridge, CO
Dec 7, 2012

The prices for their existing gyms seem pretty close to the going rate around here. I like R&J, but the extra cost in fuel and driving time (that could be spent climbing) would justify a few extra bucks in admission fees for a lot of climbers in Golden or the west side of Denver.


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By WadeM
Dec 7, 2012
Ultimate Squeeze

Movement aint cheap...


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By JoeP
From Littleton, CO
Dec 7, 2012

Agree with J Johns - $22/day is pretty steep. Keep in mind that there are not sufficient numbers of "existing climbers" to support such a large gym, it will be looking to develop new climbers - might be tough to get people to come when the outlay for a day is over $30 (day pass and rental). This would be along my commute, but at those prices, I'd be inclined to stick with DBC.


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By SJG
From Denver, FL
Dec 7, 2012
Boulder, CO

This is going to be great! So excited!


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By JCM
From Henderson, NV
Dec 7, 2012

mark felber wrote:
I like R&J, but the extra cost in fuel...would justify a few extra bucks in admission fees for a lot of climbers in Golden or the west side of Denver.


+1. I'm amazed by how often climbers overlook the amount they spend on gas to get somewhere, and leave that out of the cost analysis.

At my car's gas mileage, it probably costs me $4.50 in gas to drive to R&J and back from Golden. Driving to the new ET site will be less than $1.00 in gas (or I could bike). Then there is costs associated with wear and tear on the car, etc. In the winter, with a membership, you might go to the gym 2-3 times per week, so this would be 10 trips per month. Driving to R&J, this means $45/month just to drive to the gym and back--this is almost the cost of a membership!

I'd be more than happy to pay extra at a premier gym close to home.

Hopefully, though, the prices will be scaled to account for the local area. Do remember that pretty much everything is more expensive in the DC suburbs than in the Denver suburbs--climbing gyms included. I'm going to guess that prices at the new ET will be in line with the gyms in Boulder.


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By Robin Close
From Columbia, Maryland
Dec 7, 2012

Agreed that the prices are more reflective of DC area cost than elitism. Not that there aren't elitist climbers at some of the ET gyms, but no more than any other gym I've been to in other parts of the country, and generally the ones who are most elitist are the ones who don't make it out of the gym much anyway. In my experience, ET gyms have consistently combined good physical layout with quality routesetting and an extremely welcoming staff. Not that I'll be catching the first plane out when it opens up, but I'm definitely looking forward to checking out the new location next time I'm in the area.

And I can't speak for the entire east coast, but Maryland at least does have plenty of year round climbing. Certainly a lot less potential for snowy rock here than my friends in CO generally deal with!


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By Zach McNeal
From Golden Colorado
Dec 7, 2012

From what I understand about the initiation fee at most climbing gyms. Is that if u dont continue with the month to month plan. Then that initiation fee would have to be reinstated. Would be nice if they had a punch card or some kind of short term deal. Colorado is a sunshine state, over 360 days of it a year. For me I would only use it in the winter, on supper cold days.


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By Kegan Minock
From colorado springs
Dec 7, 2012

are you guys going to be looking for routesetters?


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By EarthTreks
Dec 7, 2012

Kegan Minock wrote:
are you guys going to be looking for routesetters?


We certainly will be. Our hiring process won't kick off until the spring at least, but we'll make announcements on our golden facebook page and jobs page on our website.


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