Ascent Studio Opening Fall 2016
WHAT IS ASCENT STUDIO?
Ascent Studio is a next generation climbing and fitness facility in Fort Collins, the heart of Northern Colorado’s front range. We are focused on creating a unique indoor climbing experience and building an inclusive, friendly climbing community.
Whether you are training for a first ascent, or simply hoping to overcome your fear of heights, we have designed Ascent Studio for you. From the moment you peek in our expansive windows, we want you to feel welcomed, inspired and empowered to achieve something new.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
“Studio” is used in many different contexts: yoga studios, recording studios, art studios, dance studios, martial arts studios, film studios, pottery studios. What do people do in these studios? Train, practice, create, collaborate, jam. These positive actions are all associated with climbing too. We want Ascent Studio to transcend the traditional climbing “gym.” Come join our climbing studio. Train with us, create with us, practice with us, climb with us!
The bouldering area has sections reaching 15 feet tall, spanning everything from gentle slab to steep overhangs. Some areas are top-out, so start working on your mantle. There is a bouldering ramp from the ground floor to the climbing mezzanine, allowing endurance bouldering “routes” that are more than 40 feet long.
Top Rope and Lead Climbing
The rope climbing walls range in height from 34 - 49 feet tall. Most of the 45 top-rope lines are also leadable. An additional 15 anchor points are lead-only, to a height of 45 feet (and 25 feet overhung) allowing routes of up to 55 feet long. There are also crack climbing routes and seasonal, dry-tool routes to help you get in shape for your ice projects.
How fast can you climb? We have two official 10M speed climbing lanes. The current world record for a 15M wall is 5.6 seconds. Think you can beat that? The lane setting will rotate between the official IFSC speed climbing holds and regular climbing holds.
Get stronger in our dedicated training section. This features two adjustable systems walls, campus board, hang-boards, free weights, yoga studio, and cardio area. The cardio area features treadmills, steppers, and stationary bikes. The yoga studio offers weekly scheduled group sessions and has high ceilings, suitable for aerial silks.
A section of the studio is designed for use by parties and groups. When this area is not being used by a group it will be available for anyone. We will also have a child-care and early-climber room, free Wi-Fi, full-service locker rooms, and an outdoor patio. A slackline will be available during off-peak times.
AT A GLANCE
- Depending on construction, we hope to open in October 2016.
- Bouldering from gentle slab to steep overhang, 13' to 15' tall sections with some top-out.
- Roped climbing walls from 34' to 49' tall, approximately 45 top-rope lines (most are leadable).
- Approximately 15 anchor points that are lead-only.
- Two official IFSC speed climbing lanes.
- Arêtes, hanging arêtes, dihedrals, roofs, mini-roofs, slabs.
- Cracks: fingers, hands, fists, left and right facing corners.
- Dry-tool routes (seasonally).
- 6-7 week turnover rate by the routesetting crew.
- Yoga studio with high ceilings, suitable for aerial silks.
- Dedicated training area with two climber-adjustable system walls, campus board, poutre (beam), hang-boards, free weights, cardio.
- Slackline (off-peak use).
- Outdoor patio.
- Full-service locker rooms.
Based on the current build schedule we hope to open before the end of October. Watch our progress and we’ll keep you up-to-date on when the big day is coming.
Month 1-2We have broken ground. Our beautiful spring weather helped us make up for some initial delays in getting started.
They have prepared the ground for the building to bring it to proper grade, and have completed forming the foundations for the metal building.
The metal structure was delivered near the end of March awaiting the completion of the foundation.
Month 3REAL CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN! The steel structure (the bones of the building) are being erected and will rapidly take shape. They say this will take only about 2 weeks (4/11 - 4/24).
You can already begin to get an idea of the scale of the building. They started on the north part of the building which is where the front desk, offices, locker rooms, fitness area and yoga room will be. The second week is when they expect to erect the climbing hall.
After the structure is up then they'll start putting on the roof and exterior walls.
Month 4Once the roof is on they’ll pour the concrete slab (inside the building), and on the mezzanine, where our training area and yoga room are.
There is also a second mezzanine we call the climbing mezz. Part of the bouldering area will be under the climbing mezz with some roped climbing above.
Months 5-6When the building is fully enclosed and insulated the builders will largely vacate the main climbing section so that our wall builder, Entre-Prises, can begin installing the climbing walls. Wall installation will take roughly three months.
Months 7-8The climbing walls are done and they look fantastic!! We're so proud of the job that the guys from Entre Prises did, and you will be too. Even the backs of the walls are amazing.
The GC is finishing up the exterior... installing glass and setting masonry. The parking lots and concrete are being finished and landscaping will start soon. The interior finish is proceeded at a good clip... cabinets, locker rooms, etc.
Habit Climbing is our partner for the bouldering pads. The second week of Sept they came to laser measure and should install in mid-October.
We're getting started on some of the other projects we have to do now (benches, cubbies, and the training area)... oh, and we're still building volumes... lots of volumes!
We will have day passes as well as monthly and annual memberships. Pricing is still TBD. Check back for early membership specials.
- Unlimited climbing
- Unlimited fist-bumps or high-fives from front desk staff
- Connection with a great climbing community!
- Use of the cardio and weight training area, including adjustable system walls, campus board, and hangboards
- Free or discounted rates on selected events, comps, and more
- Free or discounted rates on selected yoga and fitness classes
- Taking a break from climbing? Freeze your membership.
- Fresh towel service
- Free guest passes