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Vertical View: A world-class rock climbing gym opens in Meridian

Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 21:32:17-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — A new gym featuring a 65-foot climbing is hosting its grand opening in Meridian this weekend.

"It has literally been a dream come true, we have been working on this for five years, and it has been under construction for well over a year," said Tyler Pape of Vertical View. "So we have really been waiting to get everyone in the doors and get on these walls, they are really fun to climb."

Vertical View features top rope climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering all under one roof and their 65-foot wall is a sight to behold.

"It's impressive, my first impression is: the walls are really tall," said local rock climber Scott Probert. "It's a state of the art facility."

During construction, Vertical View had to dig down beneath the ground's surface because of Meridian city code that states a commercial building can't exceed a height of 65 feet. That gives Vertical View a unique layout, including stadium seating with power outlets for charging devices.

Overall, the gym offers a lot more than just climbing.

"We wanted to appeal to families and a larger scope of people," said Pape. "There really is something here for everyone."

The gym has a workout room with exercise equipment along with a hot yoga studio, a spot for private parties, and some conference rooms.

When Urban Ascent closed a few of years ago, it left only one climbing gym in the Treasure Valley.

Vertical View continues their grand opening on Sunday from 10:00-6:00 and they invite the public to come and check it out free of charge.