Half Moon Bouldering, a local, family-owned company, is building a 11,000 square foot indoor climbing gym at Piper Village in Greenwood, Seattle, targeting a December 2020 opening.
The facility will feature:
- 5,000 square feet of 13 ft high bouldering walls,
- Specialty training equipment
- Youth climbing and learning area
- Yoga studio
- Workout area
- Community area to socialize
- Specialty retail shop
Half Moon Bouldering will be the first climbing gym in Seattle, north of Fremont. The owners, Daniel and Gloria Man, avid climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, summarize their endeavor: “As North Seattle residents and new parents, we realized we were climbing indoor less and less. We simply didn’t have the time for the long commute to any of Seattle’s climbing gyms. When we did go, we typically found them packed. Our experience was becoming the norm among Seattle climbers. Seattle prides itself with the first indoor climbing gym in the USA, yet it is lacking the venues to accommodate the sport’s growing popularity. We had to do something about that.”
Located in the heart of Greenwood, Half Moon Bouldering will tap into the energy of this growing community. “We envision ourselves as social hangout, a place to exercise and socialize with friends and family,” says co-owner Gloria Man. “We welcome climbers of all abilities and ages. Accessibility is one reason we chose to build a bouldering-only facility. No intimidating specialty equipment like ropes, harnesses, or carabiners. It’s you, the route on the wall, and your creative moves that get you to the top.”
Half Moon Bouldering’s climbing walls are designed and manufactured by Vertical Solutions, a Utah based company, known for its high-end design and quality of execution. The walls feature the natural grain of birch set off by walnut inlays to accent the design flow. “From arches and overhangs to straight lines and slabs, the walls are a memorable visual, tactile and kinetic experience,” says co-owner Daniel Man.
Half Moon Bouldering’s vision of inclusiveness is reflected in the gym’s design. Seasoned climbers will find dramatic angles and specialty training equipment to accommodate the most rigorous training regimen. A dedicated learning/play area will feature a climbing castle for the youngest climbers. Half Moon Bouldering plans to develop educational and outdoor stewardship programs in collaboration with local schools and nonprofits.
The gym plans to open its doors to the general public at the end of the year. There will be a pre-sales launch in November via a crowdfunding campaign that will give backers exclusive access to the gym prior to its Grand Opening. The public is invited to follow the gym on the Half Moon Bouldering website, as well as their Facebook and Instagram channels.