Sessions Climbing + Fitness
El Paso, Texas
Specs: Spanning approximately 15,000 square feet in total size (12,000-14,000 of which is expected to be devoted to climbing area), Sessions Climbing + Fitness will be the end result of a “10-year dream” for co-owner and general manager Albert Alvarez, who has operated a guiding company for the past seven years. (Legendary outdoor bouldering area Hueco Tanks is nearby.)
Additional amenities of the planned gym will include a yoga studio, birthday/conference/study room, and a small retail store. A second-floor mezzanine will house general fitness equipment as well as ATP fitness accoutrements. The gym will also have an indoor coffee shop with a small seating area and a speed climbing wall.
The gym is tentatively scheduled to open at the end of March, 2022. Co-owner Nick Villalobos tells CBJ that Sessions Climbing continues to offer guided climbing and skill-building tours while the gym is under construction. (Tour destinations include the aforementioned Hueco Tanks, as well as Southern New Mexico and other parts of Texas for both individuals and teams.) Villalobos also notes that the planned gym is currently in the process of searching for—and hiring—staff.
In Their Words: “My dream of opening a gym was always in the back of my mind. Three years ago I met Nick [Villalobos] through a mutual friend and we clicked early on. We had a shared vision for building a climbing community in El Paso and started work on a new project to build Sessions Climbing + Fitness. After three years of planning and working with VS and Modulus Design out of Albuquerque, we were finally able to break ground and start the final phase of bringing this facility and dream to reality.”
—Albert Alvarez, Co-Owner and General Manager
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