The Refuge Climbing & Fitness (RCF), a state-of-the-art bouldering and fitness facility located in Las Vegas with over 10,000 sq. ft. of bouldering terrain and climbing specific training systems for all ability levels, opens its doors to the public on Friday, October 17 at noon.
The first new climbing gym to open in Las Vegas in nearly 20 years, RCF features cardio and strength training equipment, complimentary yoga for members, a supervised top rope area, a birthday party and special event room, corporate team building workshops as well as group and private lessons and climbing shoe rentals.
The gym is hosting members-only preview nights through Thursday, October 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Memberships are available immediately at the gym that is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“Las Vegas is an international destination for rock climbing and the city’s local climbing population has been growing rapidly because of its proximity to fantastic year round climbing,” said Jeff Clapp, Refuge Climbing & Fitness’ founder who has more than 20 years of experience building some of the United States’ most successful indoor climbing facilities including Rockreation Sport Climbing Centers in Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, Calif., and Salt Lake City. “My wife Beth and I relocated to Las Vegas because of the climbing and outdoor recreation opportunities. We look forward to fostering the growth of the local climbing community.”
According to the Climbing Business Journal (CBJ), 28 new climbing gyms opened in 2013, representing a 10 percent growth rate over the previous year. CBJ reports that there were 310 commercial gyms in the United States at the start of 2014 and estimates the rate of growth to increase to 12.5 percent this year.
As a part of the facility’s special events programming, RCF will host a slideshow presentation by local professional climber Alex Johnson on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. Johnson, a two-time World Cup Gold Medalist and five-time national champion, will showcase images of her adventures climbing around the globe. The event that is open to the public and is part of the Southern Nevada Climbing Festival is also a fundraiser for the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council, a grassroots affiliate of the Access Fund, advocating for rock climbers in Southern Nevada by promoting responsible stewardship of local resources.
For more information about RCF, visit www.climbrefuge.com