This concept sketch for the walls that will be installed at the Gym of Rock showcase the latest phase of their design. (Image contributed)

Gym of Rock aims to bring indoor climbing to Salmon Arm

Rock climbing wall currently being designed for Westgate Public Market

Rock climbers in the Shuswap will be able to keep up their hobby year-round – minus the commute – when the Gym of Rock, Salmon Arm’s first indoor rock-climbing facility, opens its doors.

Currently, the closest rock climbing gym is located in Vernon, with others in Kelowna and Kamloops. Under construction at the Westgate Public Market, the Gym of Rock aims to offer something for all ages and experience levels when the facility is complete.

“It is going to be an all-ages, all-abilities climbing gym. It will have bouldering, hook climbing and a kids’ section, but the focus is really that there is something for everybody,” says Rebecca Scott, part of the husband-and-wife duo opening the gym. “We know Salmon Arm has a fairly large outdoor climbing community, and we know a lot of those people go to Vernon and Kamloops and Kelowna to climb. The community in general is quite outdoors- and activity oriented.”

While the pair aren’t exactly rock-climbing fanatics, their kids are – and this is primarily what inspired them to go down this path when thinking about starting up business as a family.

“We’re not huge climbers, but our kids love climbing,” says Sean Scott. “When we travel we always take them to the local climbing gyms and they love it, so that was a big push. We just wanted to do something that families could do in Salmon Arm because we have three boys, and sometimes it’s challenging to find something the whole family all enjoys.”

The Gym of Rock is hoping to offer lessons once they are open for a while and can hire certified instructors.

“Sean will be getting an instructor’s licence and we will be hiring people. For the first year, probably, we are not going to be offering lessons; we are going to stick to climbing and bouldering, birthday parties and drop-in stuff,” Rebecca says. “And then we’ll work our way into lessons and camps and all that kind of stuff.”

Setting up any business requires some leg work, but in the case of a climbing gym it has called for plenty of consultation and design work.

“We went to every climbing wall from the Kootenays all the way down to the Coast; we have been speaking with a guy who put a huge one up in Regina, who has given us a lot of info,” Rebecca says.

“We are in the design phase right now so we have our funding, we are through all of that and we are into the second stage of design.

After design there is pre-fabrication and then they come here.”

The Scotts are working with a company called HPCW (High-Performance Climbing Walls), a Canadian company based out of Cowichan on Vancouver Island, to design and build the walls for the Gym of Rock.

“One thing we are really trying to push too is that everything we need to start up, we are trying to keep it in Canada or as local as possible,” says Sean.

“HPCW is on the Island, there are tons of options in the U.S. but we really wanted to keep it as local as possible.

“We were happy to find one in B.C. that was rated so highly.”

While the couple have big plans for Salmon Arm’s first indoor climbing wall, their biggest limitation is space.

The facility will be about 2,500 square feet in total, but they are looking to be creative and use the space efficiently to offer the best possible experience to their customers.

 

This concept sketch for the walls that will be installed at the Gym of Rock showcase the latest phase of their design. While some aspects may change slightly as construction continues, this is close to how the finished product will look. (Image contributed)

Rebecca and Sean Scott, along with their kids Brady, Shea and Keenen, are the family behind the soon-to-be rock climbing facility, the Gym of Rock, in Salmon Arm. (Image contributed)

The Shuswap Gym of Rock’s logo. (Image contributed)

Just Posted

Petition calls for regulation of cigarette boats on Shuswap Lake

Public call for tighter controls on the fast, powerful vessels initiated before Sept. 1 collision

Salmon Arm martial arts school evicted along with assisted living facility

Students call Northern Spirit Martial Arts’ Hudson Street location a sanctuary

Salmon Arm RCMP see upswing in thefts of, and from, vehicles

Police report thieves prowling at night, entering unlocked vehicles

Successful Salmon Arm farmer’s market extended into December

Market may switch to indoor venue during the colder months of winter

RCMP investigating thefts from Shuswap mail boxes

Salmon Arm residents with compromised boxes asked to pick up mail at post office

‘It’s almost surreal’: South Okanagan fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Victoria father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Vancouver police could be using drones to fight crime by end of year

The police department has already purchased three drones, as well as three others for training

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Most Read