Managing partners Kris and Keith Johnson have announced plans to open Lake Norman’s first dedicated climbing facility in Mooresville, North Carolina. Cliff Hangers will be located at 326 Oates Road adjacent to Lake Norman Tennis Center and will feature more than 20,000 square feet of climbing terrain. The facility breaks ground on Monday, May 11, with an anticipated opening at Christmas.
Kris said, “My brother and I love rock climbing, and we have experienced climbing at incredible facilities across the U.S. We have been working with our design team to incorporate all of our favorite elements into the Cliff Hangers facility – indoor and outdoor surfaces with 50-foot climbing walls, 3,500 square feet of top-out bouldering, rope and lead climbing, rappelling, and an indoor 15 meter speed wall. We have surfaces for everyone, from children to seniors and beginners to experts.”
Detailed facility plans involve three levels of fun and fitness with indoor and outdoor climbing surfaces, designated children’s climbing section, a workout area including a yoga studio, café, fireplace and lounge area, meeting rooms, and more.
Kris continued, “Every element of the design has our customers in mind. From sight line mapping for the designated children’s area and climbing routes being set for basic and maximum challenges, to the viewing areas and lighting plots that can be utilized during competitive events, we are pulling together every aspect that will enhance our customers’ experience.
Twenty-five million people worldwide have taken up the sport of indoor rock climbing, and the number of climbing gyms has increased by 50 percent from 2007 to 2012, according to the International Federation of Sport Climbing.
Cliff Hangers plans to host climbing leagues and competitive events as wells as birthday parties, organizational team building exercises, and other community events.
“We are thrilled that we are able to bring indoor rock climbing to Lake Norman,” said Keith. “This project is an incredible facility and we are excited to build it and welcome our community to enjoy rock climbing and active lifestyles.”
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