New South Dakota Gym Opens After Pandemic Shakes Things Up

Klinghagen and his father designed and built Climberz' bouldering walls.
Inside Climberz, the new South Dakota gym opening during COVID-19
Although far from ideal, the pandemic allowed owner Travis Klinghagen more time to put finishing touches on the gym’s interior. All images courtesy of Climberz

Tea, South Dakota

Specs: 4,100-square-foot bouldering facility opened on June 1st, a date that was pushed back a few months as a result of the pandemic. The facility will include amenities such as a pro shop with gear and snacks, a “Climbers’ Lounge” with ample casual seating, a Tension Board and adjustable spray wall, as well as an all-purpose fitness area with hangboards, elastic bands, and kettlebells. The gym will also include a party space, although the area will be closed at first due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts.



The party space of Climberz
The gym offers space for climbing and also parties, the latter of which will be on hold at first.

Walls & Flooring: The bouldering walls were homemade by the owner and his father, and the padded flooring was provided by Minnesota-based Perfect Landing.
CRM Software: Rock Gym Pro

In Their Words: “My family and my friends and the outdoors have always brought life into my life. That’s the great thing about climbing—first, the whole family can do it, and second, I haven’t made more friends in any other activity as quickly and easily as I have with climbing. That all transfers into this gym. In South Dakota, especially on the east side, it’s very flat and there aren’t a lot of options for climbing. So, an indoor setup really works out pretty well. But it also goes into the lifestyle that I want to create and the journey that I want to go down in building a community—making it so that I can feed that outdoorsiness to be happy in my life.”
—Travis Klinghagen, Owner

[To read a full interview with Klinghagen on what it’s like to open a new gym during a pandemic, click here.]

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