Earth Treks’ original gym, which opened in 1997, in Columbia, Maryland will soon be replaced by a 38,000 square foot climbing and fitness facility that is quadruple the size of the current space. The new gym will be housed in the same building where the current facility is located just in a different section of the building.
The design will include, what ET says is, the largest bouldering area in the state and up to 28,000 square feet of climbing. Also included in the design:
“Twenty years ago we opened the Columbia climbing gym as a club house for our friends. It is so gratifying that from that small space, we’ve grown such a big community of climbers. Now, with five gyms spread from Columbia to Colorado, we’ve become one of the biggest operators in this industry. We now have more than three hundred employees and serve more than one million customers each year. With all the memories created in that facility, it will be sad to shut down the gym. But at the same time, we’ve learned so much about operating climbing and fitness centers that it is exciting to give our members and staff a bigger, brighter and in every way better new club house,” said Chris Warner, Earth Treks founder and CEO.
Earth Treks’ current Columbia facility (located at 7125 Columbia Gateway Drive) will remain open until the new facility is complete ensuring a seamless transition for all members.