The Earth Treks Rockville expansion has entered the final stages of construction and we are thrilled with the progress thus far. Initially, we estimated the expansion would bring Earth Treks Rockville to a total of 34,000 square feet of climbing but happily, the grand total will be over 38,000 square feet! Not only will this make Earth Treks Rockville the largest climbing wall in the nation, it will also make us one of the biggest in the entire world!
For those of you that haven’t been to Rockville recently, the roof and walls of the existing fitness room have been removed. We regret any interruptions you may experience with the fitness equipment during this stage of the transition and we will try to minimize any impact it may have on your routine. The new fitness room, which is twice as large, will include more equipment and a dedicated fitness/yoga room. Our aim has been to create a functional training facility to help you reach both your climbing & fitness goals.
Jason Kehl set the first routes last week, a massive shipment of padding has arrived (2 tractor-trailers worth!) and more top rope anchors are being welded every day. We still have some hurdles, but are working to open up sections of the expansion as the construction schedule and the building inspectors from the City of Rockville allow. The first section of the new side could be open for climbing in as little as three weeks!
None of this would be possible without the constant support of our community members. Thank you for your continued patience during this hectic time. We are looking forward to opening sections of the new side next month and even more excited for a grand re-opening celebration on January 21st! (We’ll email more details in a few weeks).
Keep an eye on the Earth Treks blog or Facebook page for updates, photos & videos as the expansion progresses. Of course, you can also watch the progress through the gaping hole in the bouldering cave!