Homeowners search to create an area the place climbers of any expertise can thrive
Gravity Lab house owners Sebastiaan Zuidweg and Laura Chase have at all times been avid rock climbers. In reality, the married couple had been mountain climbing companions earlier than they had been spouses.
It comes as little shock the 2 would take their likelihood at opening Durango’s latest mountain climbing gymnasium.
“We sort of instantly simply noticed a emptiness and a distinct segment that wanted to be crammed in the neighborhood,” Zuidweg stated.
Durango has not had a mountain climbing gymnasium because the Rock Lounge closed in 2021 after 11 years of operation. Zuidweg was stunned there weren’t extra mountain climbing services within the space due to the neighborhood’s love for outside recreation. He stated the closest mountain climbing gyms to Durango are both in Grand Junction or in Albuquerque.
“Smaller mountain cities like Durango normally have climbing gyms, and so to us it was like an apparent sort of slam dunk,” Zuidweg stated.
It is at 732 County Highway 233 on the north facet of US Freeway 160 between Three Springs Boulevard and Elmore’s Nook.
Facilities will embrace a number of coaching boards reminiscent of a Kilter board and a sprig wall in addition to yoga gear, cardio train gear and a weight rack.
The gymnasium permits for varied types of climbing together with bouldering, high rope climbing and lead climbing.
A big a part of Gravity Lab’s mission is neighborhood inclusivity: Zuidweg needs Gravity Lab to be a spot the place anybody is welcome to take pleasure in exercising and climbing.
“Climbing is a enjoyable option to get train otherwise than going to the gymnasium and strolling on the StairMaster,” he stated.
Zuidweg and Chase moved to Durango 4 years in the past from Crested Butte. Chase works as a nurse anesthetist and Zuidweg is the medical director at Open Sky Wilderness Remedy.
They felt opening the gymnasium was an ideal option to mix their love for the outside and serving to individuals. To start out the enterprise, the couple liquidated two properties they owned in Crested Butte, and the remainder was historical past.
Zuidweg plans to construct one other facility subsequent to the present one so as to add different climbing choices. He stated he wish to have a better roof so extra superior climbers can have extra room for lead climbing.
Gravity Lab is about to open close to the top of November however it has already gained curiosity from different organizations in Durango and elsewhere trying to collaborate with the gymnasium.
“The entire excessive colleges and center colleges have already reached out to us about sort of incorporating their PE programming out of right here,” Zuidweg stated. “The Hive and different applications have reached out.”
He stated he would additionally wish to collaborate with the Adaptive Sports activities Affiliation to create a extra inclusive climbing neighborhood.
The gymnasium’s grand opening will likely be Monday. Zuidweg stated he doesn’t need to restrict prospects to long-term memberships and gives a plethora of various short-term choices.
Gravity Lab gives a full day grownup go for $20, a minor day go for $16 and school pupil day go for $16.
The gymnasium additionally has a 10-day go for $180 for individuals who need to come greater than as soon as however will not use the gymnasium sufficient to justify a month-to-month membership.
An ordinary grownup month-to-month membership prices $79 monthly and minor month-to-month membership prices $74 monthly.
“We wish this to be inviting, inclusive, accessible to individuals, and like a hub for individuals to get collectively and have enjoyable,” Zuidweg stated.