Local climbing gym launches second venue at SCOR

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Peak Experiences’ new gym has opened in the SCOR building. (Mike Platania)

After 20 years in Midlothian, a local climbing gym has opened the doors to its first facility in the city.

Peak Experiences last week opened its new location inside the Sports Center of Richmond at 1385 Overbook Road, not far from The Diamond.

The 21,000-square-foot gym has room for different types of climbing, including bouldering, which uses shorter walls and does not require harnesses; as well as top-rope climbing, a traditional style on higher walls in which the climber uses a rope to anchor themselves. It also features a yoga studio, fitness center and retail area.

Co-owner Jay Smith said the new spot opened earlier to its members, but is now open to the public.

It’s the second climbing gym to launch in the region this spring. In late March, North Carolina-based Triangle Rock Club opened a $3 million facility at 4700 Thalbro St. in the former Richmond Athletic Club building.

Peak’s project in the city was announced in late 2016 and constructed in a newly built section of the SCOR complex that was put in motion that same year, after a snowstorm collapsed its dome.

Jay Smith

Jay Smith

The facility was slated to open last fall, but took longer than expected.

“It’s like a huge weight has been lifted,” Smith said. “It’s great to get people in here climbing.”

Peak’s Midlothian location at 11421 Polo Circle, which opened in 1998, remains open, and Smith said the second gym will help relieve congestion there.

“The Midlothian location was getting too crowded – it was the biggest complaint we’d get,” he said.

Peak has day passes for $20 and memberships for about $66 per month. Members have access to both the Midlothian and Richmond gyms.

Its Richmond location will host events both for first-time climbers and competitions for USA Climbing, the national governing body for competitive climbing.

Smith said Peak is planning a grand opening weekend to be held mid-June.

The project’s general contractor was Century Construction, with Balzer & Associates Inc. as the architect.

The climbing gym features a mezzanine with a lounge area. (Mike Platania)

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