The new climbing and bouldering gym in Grand Junction celebrates its opening

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Grip Bouldering, a unique type of climbing gym and training facility in Grand Junction, is holding its grand opening on February 2.

The gym has 2,200 feet of different walls for beginners and advanced climbers, as well as classes for all ages and levels. They have different memberships, even one type for 24 hour access. Their goal is to provide a safe space for beginners to learn to climb.

“We offer a beginner’s bouldering course or an introductory bouldering course which is free with membership,” said program director and route setting manager Mike Kimmel. “We have an intermediate technique course for people who want to take the next step. We offer cross-training fitness classes for rock climbing and then we have a full range of youth programs.

They also offer a local guiding program for people wishing to transfer their skills to bouldering outside. Additionally, they are the only facility in the state to offer a mesh board which is a rock climbing assessment tool.

“Basically what we wanted to do was create a safe facility for people to work out,” said co-owner and adult trainer Ben Rueck. “Then they can take those skills outside and explore the great outdoors.”

The grand opening is February 2. With opening weekend events on Friday and Saturday, including promotions, giveaways, contests, demos and $5 day passes.

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Virginia F. Goins