Earth Treks To Build US’s Largest Gym

The Sport Authority complex. Photo courtesy Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners/Denver Post

Earth Treks announced today that it will begin construction on its sixth climbing gym in a former Sports Authority corporate complex in Englewood, Colorado. Earth Treks’ newest gym will span more than 52,000 square feet making it the largest climbing gym in the United States.

“We are extremely excited about our newest climbing gym. The Sports Authority site is the perfect location to become the new home for the area’s climbing and fitness community. The City of Englewood and area businesses, including Earth Treks, are working hard to repurpose the 15-acre campus into a dynamic area for all to enjoy,” said Chris Warner, Earth Treks founder and CEO. “Consumers today are looking for remarkable experiences. This gym will be a truly amazing place offering our guests a great experience through the combination of our passion for climbing and our 20 plus years of operational experience and design aesthetic.”

Earth Treks is coming off a flush of cash from private equity firm, Tengram Capital and is now pursuing aggressive expansion plans. According to a Denver Post article, Warner wants to increase the number of Earth Treks gyms in the Washington-Baltimore region to 10 from four, and he imagines “five or six” gyms along the Front Range.

“From there we want to go into new markets,” he said.

In addition to roped climbing and bouldering terrain, guests will find amenities that include a yoga studio, functional fitness and cardio zones, training areas, climbing classes, a retail pro-shop complete with expert advice, and on-site child care. The walls will be designed by pro-climber and artist Jason Kehl.

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