Two new bouldering gyms will challenge Twin Cities climbers this fall

Bouldering // Photo courtesy of Vertical Endeavors

Bouldering, a type of rock climbing using no ropes or harnesses, is gaining a foothold in the Twin Cities with two new gyms opening this fall.

Minneapolis Bouldering Project, the third gym in the Bouldering Project (first in Seattle in 2011, then Austin in 2015), is constructing a massive, 42,000-square-foot indoor bouldering gym, located at 1433 West River Road North in Minneapolis. The gym is located in the same building complex as the new Pryes Brewing taproom.

Minneapolis Bouldering Project will feature a variety of routes fit for all skill levels, spread across the gym’s 18-foot high walls. Besides the climbing walls, the Minneapolis Bouldering Project will also offer a yoga studio and classes, free weights, a sauna, a lounge with Wi-Fi, and more luxe amenities, all under one membership. Day passes will also be available.

Vertical Endeavors, which opened its first indoor climbing gym in St. Paul back in 1992, is celebrating its 25th anniversary by announcing that its sixth location and first facility dedicated to bouldering in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park will open this fall as well.

Within walking distance from the University of Minnesota campus—as well as Surly Brewing Company’s destination brewery—the 30,000-square-foot facility will house Nicros 5.15 bouldering walls, in addition to an extensive fitness and training area, a multi-purpose fitness studio, pro-shop, and a community lounging space, according to the press release.