Having established itself as an intense fitness program in the Triangle area, local options for indoor climbing include Progression Climbing Gym (www.climbprogression.com), and the Chapel Hill Community Center (CHCC; www.townofchapelhill.org) in Chapel Hill, and Triangle Rock Club (TRC; www.trianglerockclub.com) in three locations (Morrisville, North Raleigh and Fayetteville).
Progression Climbing Gym, Chapel Hill’s only bouldering gym, boasts 3,500 square feet of climbing terrain that requires no ropes or harnesses on 14-16 foot walls with thick padded flooring. They offer day passes, monthly memberships, climbing instruction, youth and adult climbing teams, kids’ camps and more.
The Community Center, the first municipal climbing wall in the country, offers 20 different climbing routes from beginner to expert. Bouldering is also available. Anyone can use the climbing wall; you do not have to be an Orange County resident. Fees are charged for youth and adults. It’s open Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Saturday 6-8 p.m. climbing starts Nov. 1.
CHCC also offers private climbing and bouldering instruction, group and party rentals, and has an active teen climbing club for kids 11-17. They hold annual Dixie Rock indoor top-rope climbing competition in the winter.
Opened in 2007, the TRC Morrisville houses North Carolina’s first 55-foot climbing wall in their recent expansion, 9,000 square feet of Eldorado climbing walls with 32 climbing lanes in its original facility, 17,000 square feet of climbing terrain with 72 climbing lanes in its expanded facility and 3,000 square feet of 14-foot-high bouldering terrain, including a freestanding top-out bouldering space.
TRC North Raleigh opened in 2013 and features over 13,000 square feet of climbing terrain in a large open space. The bouldering area is over 4,300 square feet of 16-foot-high boulders. The top rope and lead climbing area features 30 foot heights and includes a large free standing pillar.
TRC offers both lead and top rope climbing and bouldering. They provide instruction programs and climbing terrain for all levels of climbers, from beginners to world-class climbers, and for all ages of climbers–from 6 years of age and up. They also offer Themed Track-out Camps and Summer Camps for kids.
PHOTO: Caroline Gilmore approaches top of climbing wall. Photo by Bob Gully