New Washington Gym Plans for Winter Opening

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Rock Shop’s founder, Pat Howard, is from Washington’s Tri-Cities region, which includes Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland—where the gym is located. Howard says the gym was created out of a necessity for a gym in the area. (Photo courtesy of Pat Howard and OnSite)
Rendering of the new Rock Shop gym coming to Washington
Rock Shop’s founder, Pat Howard, is from Washington’s Tri-Cities region, which includes Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland—where the gym is located. Howard says the new Rock Shop facility was created out of a necessity for a climbing gym in the area. (Rendering courtesy of Pat Howard and OnSite)

Rock Shop
Richland, Washington

Specs: 9,500-square-foot new Rock Shop gym will be primarily “bouldering focused,” but will also offer cardio and weightlifting equipment, a customer lounge, and locker rooms.

A recent Facebook post addressed the gym’s status with the ongoing pandemic and said, “With all the COVID-19 statewide changes, we are still able to carefully and safely move forward and make progress towards opening, following recommended social distancing guidelines, mask mandates, and more.”

 

Walls & Flooring: OnSite
Website: www.rockshopclimbing.com
Instagram: @rockshopclimbing

In Their Words: “I was living in Seattle at the time, climbing at gyms there, and meeting my friend Rich Julian in Leavenworth to climb outdoors. He was frustrated that he didn’t have anywhere to climb and train in the Tri-Cities, where he lives. I’m from there originally as well, and it was never an option for us growing up since there was no climbing gym. So we began discussing the idea, and it slowly began to take shape. We realized early on that a bouldering gym was our best option because there aren’t any buildings that would work for roped climbing.”
—Pat Howard, Founder