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By jay brereton
Dec 7, 2012
Are you guys going to be offering any childcare? This is a big potential benefit for those of us with little ones.

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By S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Dec 7, 2012
Zach McNeal wrote:
over 360 days of it a year.


I knew this place was extraordinary

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By The Good Life Denver
Dec 8, 2012
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This is progress! I'm excited about this, about the Denver Bouldering Club's expansion, and about the fact that, according to Movement, this isn't changing the trajectory for them bringing a gym to Denver in the slightest! thegoodlifedenver.com/2012/12/...

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By Dylan Evans
From Boulder, Colorado
Dec 8, 2012
Will this count as part of the curent multi-gym membership? I split my time between Boulder and Rockville and would love to transition seamlessly between the locations.

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By Dylan Evans
From Boulder, Colorado
Dec 8, 2012
Also, Ill pay an extra ten bucks a month if you guys put up some ice holds!

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By EarthTreks
Dec 10, 2012
jay brereton wrote:
Are you guys going to be offering any childcare? This is a big potential benefit for those of us with little ones.


I can empathize as I have two little ones myself. At this point that issue is undecided however. A lot of it has to do with weighing pros and cons of how we use the space available to us.

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By EarthTreks
Dec 10, 2012
Dylan Evans wrote:
Will this count as part of the curent multi-gym membership? I split my time between Boulder and Rockville and would love to transition seamlessly between the locations.


It sure will, if you're a multi gym member you have full access to ALL Earth Treks Climbing Centers.

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By Callie Rennison
From Boulder, Colorado
Dec 10, 2012
I lived in the DC area for five years and really enjoyed EarthTreks. Though I taught basic climbing movement at, and lived walking distance from SportRock, I would drive to Baltimore just to climb there. Look forward to seeing ET in the area!

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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Dec 10, 2012
Pure bliss..
"conveniently located near the intersection of Rt. 6, I-70 and C-470."

HAHHAHAHAHA!!! That's 3 minutes from our house off South Golden rd.!!! Fecking excellent!

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By G8rFtBall
Dec 11, 2012
Earth Treks - Please, Please, Please get some cool cracks in this place! Most gyms have none, some have one or two. Maybe something like the crack area at Momentum Gym Utah.

Can't wait!

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By JCM
From Seattle, WA
Dec 11, 2012
Hank Caylor wrote:
"conveniently located near the intersection of Rt. 6, I-70 and C-470." HAHHAHAHAHA!!! That's 3 minutes from our house off South Golden rd.!!! Fecking excellent!


I'm similarly stoked about the location. Depending on how tall the building it (i.e. if it is tall enough for me to get a line out sight over a small hill that is in the way), I may be able to see the building from my living room window.

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By EarthTreks
Dec 13, 2012
G8rFtBall wrote:
Earth Treks - Please, Please, Please get some cool cracks in this place! Most gyms have none, some have one or two. Maybe something like the crack area at Momentum Gym Utah. Can't wait!


We have cracks in all our gyms in Maryland. Wall design is long from finished, but in all likelihood we'll continue the trend and include cracks.

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By nicelegs
From Denver
Dec 13, 2012
Cracks are almost never used in gyms. They add a nice aesthetic but trend to get polished and ignored.

I would be way (WAY) more psyched if you spent the extra money on ice holds.

And a really good air filtration system.

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By Tits McGee
From Boulder, CO
Dec 13, 2012
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theyalwayscomeback wrote:
I would be way (WAY) more psyched if you spent the extra money on ice holds.


+1. While I do enjoy practicing rock climbing indoors, it would be awesome to have a section dedicated to practice ice climbing.

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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 13, 2012
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of ...
theyalwayscomeback wrote:
Cracks are almost never used in gyms. They add a nice aesthetic but trend to get polished and ignored.

i think the cracks in our gym are consistently my favorite.

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By nicelegs
From Denver
Dec 13, 2012
Darren Mabe wrote:
i think the cracks in our gym are consistently my favorite.


Yoga pants?

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By Robin Close
From Columbia, Maryland
Dec 13, 2012
Can't speak for how often others use gym cracks, but I always find them to be the most memorable part of a gym, and the ones at the ET gyms in Maryland are by far the best I've seen. Both on their own and used as part of a well set route, they're fantastic for learning the technique and getting mileage, especially when combined with good instruction.

Of course if ET were trying to continue their trend of outdoing their previous facilities, a roof crack would be a perfect addition. Just sayin' :)

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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Dec 13, 2012
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me?...
Anyone here climb at Momentum in SLC? They have an amazing selection of cracks, but I'd be curious to hear how they climb and if they get used....?

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By TheBirdman
From Eldorado Springs, Colorado
Dec 13, 2012
The Good Life Denver wrote:
This is progress! I'm excited about this, about the Denver Bouldering Club's expansion, and about the fact that, according to Movement, this isn't changing the trajectory for them bringing a gym to Denver in the slightest! thegoodlifedenver.com/2012/12/...


I agree with the author of this article. While Earthtreks is cool, I don't know that it's capitalizing on the full potential of the market with a location in Golden. There is still a dire need for something IN Denver. Earthtreks is located about 20-25 minutes from Capitol Hill/LoDo, making it really no more accessible than the Boulder gyms. I think Movement would do really well with another gym in central Denver and hopefully a membership gets you access to both the Denver and Boulder facilities for all the Denver/Boulder commuters.

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By Wally
From Denver
Dec 13, 2012
Great news about the Maryland ET cracks, Robin.

Chris - cracks please. :). Thank you! Wally

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By The Good Life Denver
Dec 14, 2012
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TheBirdman wrote:
I agree with the author of this article. While Earthtreks is cool, I don't know that it's capitalizing on the full potential of the market with a location in Golden. There is still a dire need for something IN Denver. Earthtreks is located about 20-25 minutes from Capitol Hill/LoDo, making it really no more accessible than the Boulder gyms. I think Movement would do really well with another gym in central Denver and hopefully a membership gets you access to both the Denver and Boulder facilities for all the Denver/Boulder commuters.


ET-Golden is definitely going to be more accessible for Denver residents than the Boulder gyms, but it will be almost the exact same distance from the Capitol as is the current Rockn and Jamn gym in Thornton. The new gym is definitely a step in the right direction, and I applaud it very loudly--especially on behalf of those who live in Golden/Arvada/west Denver. But you're right--it isn't the solution for the the Denver market.

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By Andrew Gram
Administrator
From Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 14, 2012
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The cracks at momentum are great, and they get a lot of traffic. Lots of people use them to get ready for Indian Creek.

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By Kevin Craig
Dec 14, 2012
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
TheBirdman wrote:
I agree with the author of this article. While Earthtreks is cool, I don't know that it's capitalizing on the full potential of the market with a location in Golden. There is still a dire need for something IN Denver. Earthtreks is located about 20-25 minutes from Capitol Hill/LoDo, making it really no more accessible than the Boulder gyms. I think Movement would do really well with another gym in central Denver and hopefully a membership gets you access to both the Denver and Boulder facilities for all the Denver/Boulder commuters.


Hahahaha and to JoeP who said "... Keep in mind that there are not sufficient numbers of "existing climbers" to support such a large gym,.."

As I'm sure the good folks at EarthTreks know, there are a HUGE number of climbers who live or work on the west side of town stretching from Arvada down to Littleton. Including rush hour traffic, most are at LEAST 40 minutes, and more often close to an hour, away from any existing rock gym of significance (Movement, R&J 1&2, BRC, etc.) While a gym IN Denver would be great for those who live in or near downtown, I seriously doubt it would draw much from the surrounding ex-urbs (once the light rail system is built-out and if a downtown gym is near a station, this might change). We all live out here, in part, because we don't want to deal with Denver rush hour traffic.

Though my wife and I don't have kids, child care would be a nice and unique(?) perk (as long as it's pay-as-you go and doesn't increase the basic cost ;^). Lotta climber couples around here. Also some ice holds would set this gym apart in the Denver/Boulder area and draw the, sometimes distressingly, huge population of ice climbers in the Denver metro area.

Only other unsolicited advice I have is to be sure to set routes to the local standards. My DC friends and I have a long-running but good-natured dispute going - they insist CO gym routes are soft and I insist DC gym routes are massively sand-bagged. Granted, I'm way far from a rock jock, but when I can't TR a 5.8 gym route without hangs, something ain't right. :)

Long and short... WOO HOO! Totally psyched that we'll finally have a gym on the west side - something I've been advocating for for probably 10 years now. Can't wait!!!

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By SMR
Dec 14, 2012
Andy Laakmann wrote:
Anyone here climb at Momentum in SLC? They have an amazing selection of cracks, but I'd be curious to hear how they climb and if they get used....?


I climb here and yes, the cracks get used. Of course some see a ton more traffic than others (like the hand cracks and corners). We have a steep crack (fist/off-hands/thin hands)and some finger cracks that sees less traffic due to the harder grades. I think they climb well and are somewhat reminiscient of IC, but you would have to do them about 4-5 times back to back to get the pump factor of IC. I have not climbed at other gyms with indoor crack climbs to compare.

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By percious
From Bear Creek, CO
Dec 14, 2012
Hanging out with some scooter trash.
So excited for this.

Can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE hire some of the setters from the Spot? They do an awesome job. I've never had anything but a great time at the Spot.

cheers.
-chris

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