It was only seven years ago when Marcus Garcia, of Durango, Colorado, dedicated a portion of his indoor gym specifically for dry tooling. Garcia, an athlete on the men’s USA World Cup Ice team, has since started USA’s youth mixed-climbing team. Other gyms like CityROCK, in Colorado Springs, or Petra Cliffs Climbing Center and Moutaineering School, in Vermont, allow drytooling in parts of their gym as well.
COLORADO SPRINGS — CityROCK is a favorite destination for lots of Colorado Springs locals, and Tuesday, the climbing gym learned that it had been awarded $20,000 in much-needed funds, thanks to a campaign created by Ent Credit Union.
You may be familiar with the downtown gem CityROCK; a movie theatre turned climbing gym, which unfortunately has been left on a cliffhanger as the state of Colorado hasn’t given gym’s any real direction yet to when they can open their doors again and what that will look like for them.
Every year, CityROCK climbing gym in Colorado Springs, Colorado, holds an ice climbing competition without any ice. There can’t be: It’s indoors.
Colorado Springs may be high desert, but it’s home to a disproportionate number of Front Range ice climbers, and the annual CityROCK Ice Night is their night. The gym shuts down its normal operations, brings in route-setters and clinic instructors from across the state, and gives the ice climbing community free reign. It’s just $10 to spectate and $50 to compete—just enough for the gym to almost break even.“We pretty much just chalk it up to our contribution to the sport,” says Grant Wilson, who sets routes and organizes CityROCK’s ice climbing initiatives, including Ice Night.
COLORADO SPRINGS — Monday, December 10 is Colorado Gives Day, which is the largest statewide online donation day for vetted charities. Colorado Springs businesses, like CityROCK in Downtown Colorado Springs, helped raise money by donating a percentage of proceeds from their cafe and sales to Habitat for Humanity.
Behind The Desk With Jon Lachelt
In this interview with the Climbing Business Journal, Jon Lachelt credits CityROCK as the founder of the Colorado High School Climbing League.
Photo: Jon Lachelt with his business partner on top of Castleton Tower, Utah - Jon Lachelt.
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