90 Second Escape: The Climbing Gym

Don’t kid yourself: No matter where you live in North Carolina it’s going to be hot this week. Real hot. Again.

As the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough take a second look at the thermometer and say, “To heck with this. I’m staying inside.”

Which doesn’t mean sitting on your tush and missing out on adventure. One of the best outdoor pursuits to make the transition indoors? Rock climbing. By my count, there are 15 climbing gyms open to the public around the state. (And there are probably more than twice as many when you throw in climbing walls at YMCAs, colleges and universities and other venues where admission is in some way restricted.)

Take this 90 Second Escape to get a sense of the experience, then check out the list of climbing gyms below to find one near you. And if I were you, I’d by a multiple visit pass: This heat wave is suppose to last.



Asheville’s Fun Depot

7 Roberts Road

Info: 828.277.2386, Web site.

ClimbMax Inc.

43 Wall St.

Info: 828.252-9996, Web site.

Montford Climbing Wall

34 Pearson Drive

Info: 828.253.3714 Web site.



139 S Depot St

Info: (828) 262-5111 Web site.


Brevard Rock Gym

224 South Broad St.

Info: 828.884.ROCK, Web site.


Inner Peaks Climbing Center

9535 Monroe Road, Suite 170

Info: 704.844-6677, Web site.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway

Info: 704.391.3900, Web site.


Community Center (Chapel Hill Parks & Rec)

102 South Estes Drive

Info: 919.968-2790 Web site.

Vertical Edge

2422D US 70, Durham

Info: 919.596.6910, Web site.

Triangle Rock Club

102 Pheasant Wood Ct., Morrisville

Info: 919.463.7825, Web site.


Tumblebees Ultimate Climbing Gym

6904 Downwind Road, Greensboro

Info: 336.665.0662, Web site.

Elsewhere in the Piedmont


RedPoint Indoor Climbing

5213 Raeford Road, Suite 103

Info: 910.868.7625 Web site

The Climbing Place

436 West Russell St.

Info: 910.486.9638 Web site


Sandhills Vertical Gym

Info: 910.295.0724



Jungle Rapids

5320 Oleander Dr.

Info: 910.791.0666 Web site

Know of a gym that’s not on the list? Leave a comment and I’ll plug it in.

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