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New bouldering gym coming to Canmore 'excited to offer different option'

The new bouldering gym is expected to open in January 2021
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Inside the unfinished Canmore Climbing Gym. The new bouldering gym is expected to open in January 2021. CANMORE CLIMBING GYM INSTAGRAM PHOTO

CANMORE – Owners of a new bouldering gym in Canmore are aiming to open shop this January.

The Canmore Climbing Gym, a 2,000-square-foot gym with high ceilings, is getting close to welcoming every level of climbing enthusiast to come play and train, said co-owner Sonnie Trotter.

“We’re just really excited to be offering another option for people,” said Trotter. “We're trying to create a very inviting and inspiring environment and we just can't wait and we really hope to see everyone in there.”

Trotter, a world-class climber, along with co-owners and local climbers Bart Urbanski, Nick Rochacewich, Ben Firth and Cam Baty, are opening the gym located in Aspen Park, near Safeway.

The walls are currently under construction and Trotter said the team is open to adapting the setup based on feedback from clientele.

“I think at the end of the day, one of our main products is going to be the delivery of different routes and the courses that we’re setting and those are going to be changed quite regularly," said Trotter. “That regularly, I think, is going to be exciting for people.”

A unique feature the gym will have are two MoonBoards, a “standardized interactive training wall that connects a global community of climbers through shared problems and competitive performance rankings.”

They are the only MoonBoards in the Bow Valley.

The new climbing business joins Elevation Place as one of the only spots in Canmore that offers public indoor climbing.

This past June, the Canmore Bouldering Cave closed it doors until further notice due to the pandemic.

Trotter said the opporunity came up to go ahead with the new climbing gym and it felt right to start the business.

“I think the reaction [from the community] has been extremely positive,” said Trotter. “We’re closing in on 1,000 followers on Instagram and I think that’s just a really good reflection of people who are hungry for more options for climbing.

“We see it as a complement to Elevation Place because probably what Elevation Place lacks is probably what we’re going to provide the most of.”

Currently, it's undetermined on how many people will be allowed inside the new gym at once.


Jordan Small

About the Author: Jordan Small

Jordan Small joined the Outlook in 2014 and covers the vast world of sports in the Bow Valley. A Barrie, Ont. native, he also wrote for RMO's Mountain Guide section and the MD of Bighorn beat.
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