“Small but Mighty” Bouldering Gym Opening in Pennsylvania

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The homegrown bouldering room of Rock Bottom Climbing. All photos provided by Rock Bottom Climbing
The homegrown bouldering room of Rock Bottom Climbing. All photos provided by Rock Bottom Climbing

Rock Bottom Climbing
Hanover, Pennsylvania

Specs: The facility spans 3,000-square-feet in total. A bouldering room includes a 20-degree wall, an arête, a cave/overhang, and a traverse wall that is specifically for beginners. A separate section includes campus boards, training rings, and a slackline.

Walls: “For the walls themselves, we had various different people assisting in construction,” owner Jessica Storm told CBJ. “Instead of contracting out the usual company, I had quite an advantage to have a mother who is a retired architect. She was extremely helpful throughout the design process.”
Flooring: Dollamur
Website: rockbottomclimbing.com

 

A mural at Rock Bottom Bouldering, painted by owner Jessica Storm’s 10-year-old daughter.

In Their Words: “I decided a few years ago that this is exactly what our small town needs. Any climbing (outdoors or indoors) is at least an hour’s drive in each direction. It was frustrating to spend my long commute to work each week in the car and then turn around to head to the gym only to be a weekend warrior. It took me a few years of strategic planning and saving to be able to finally take the plunge…Being that Hanover was probably the best location, I knew it would take me some time to find an appropriate building that would accommodate our needs. The search took roughly four months where I finally landed on this location. Although it was smaller than planned, it ended up working out wonderfully and not to mention, a landlord that understood and supported my vision.”
—Jessica Storm, Owner