The folks who brought Climb Nashville to that eponymous city are taking their brand across state lines into Arkansas. After 14 years in business, Climb Nashville owners Drew Sloss and Lance Brock have partnered with local businessman Dennis Nelms to open their newest climbing facility in Bentonville, Arkansas. Climb Bentonville will be the city’s first commercial climbing facility. Climb Bentonville will open in Fall 2018 in a new 22,000-square- foot building
The new facility will boast more than 16,000 square feet of climbing terrain and will feature walls measuring as high as 45 feet vertically, built by industry leader Walltopia. The building’s two-story interior will include a workout room, yoga/fitness class space, restrooms, locker area, retail store, and kids’ climbing area. There will also be a party room for birthday parties and private events.
“We’re excited to be opening a new climbing space in such an enthusiastically active community. While we looked at multiple sites, we’re happy to have landed in Bentonville, adjacent to Osage Prairie Park, and at such a visible intersection,” Brock said.
After visiting Northwest Arkansas with Nelms in late 2015, Sloss and Brock agreed that Northwest Arkansas would be a great next place to share their love of climbing. “My wife is from Arkansas and so there is a natural connection for us personally,” Sloss said. “There is already a great outdoor community, and with such easy access to outdoor sports like climbing, biking and hiking, it seemed like a great fit.”
Dennis Nelms, a long-time resident of Northwest Arkansas, began a passion for climbing here in the Ozarks. Now, almost three decades later, he sees this balance of passion and business coming together in Climb Bentonville.
Climb Nashville is also opening a new location an hour outside of the city in Murfreesboro, TN.