A new indoor rock climbing, fitness, and yoga facility will soon open in Fayetteville.
Local resident Dennis Nelms has partnered with Drew Sloss and Lance Brock from Tennessee’s Climb Nashville to open a 19,000-square-foot facility called Climb Fayetteville at 1475 W. Drake Street.
Nelms said the new facility will include several climbing walls for all levels of experience, with toprope and leadable terrain walls up to 45 feet tall, along with smaller 30-foot walls for kids, and 14-foot walls for bouldering (unroped climbing).
“We’re designing Climb Fayetteville for all ages and abilities, from the first-time climber to the most advanced,” Nelms said. “There will be a variety of climbing terrains that will be fun and exciting for any level or age.”
Nelms said the facility will include a functional fitness workout room, classroom space for yoga and other floor classes, climber training areas, showers, lockers, and a retail space.
It’s a project Nelms has been working on for a few years. He, along with partners Sloss and Brock, are all avid climbers.
“All three of the owners have at least two decades of climbing under their belts,” Nelms said. “I think we all took a different path to climbing and its many forms and destinations, but regardless of how we got there, when we did, it stayed with us. Now, something we were passionate about in our youth has translated into something we continue doing with our families and hope to share with a broader community as we grow.”
The Fayetteville facility will also offer climbing and yoga classes, personal instruction, a youth climbing team, and a retail shop with clothing, ropes, and other climbing equipment.
In addition, the gym will be available to rent for birthday parties, fundraisers, corporate team building, and other private or public events.
Nelms said he hopes to be up and running in late 2016 or early 2017.
“No matter when those doors fist open, it will be worth the wait,” he said.