May 26th Update: More County Regulations Lifted
Larimer County officials have announced that many types of businesses, including "gyms", are now allowed to reopen. We are psyched that this variance has been passed and have already been very busy getting the gym ready to reopen. We have not set an exact reopening date yet, but will in the near future. We cannot wait to welcome everyone back to Ascent.
Rest assured that the place will look great. Besides the walls looking almost brand new again and a completely new set of routes for your climbing pleasure/challenge/torture there will be changes to our processes that everyone will need to be aware of before you arrive. We'll post more details soon, but the most notable change will help us meet the county's cap on the number of people that can be in the gym at one time - to be guaranteed a spot you'll need to make a reservation. We'll also need to limit the number of participants at our in-person yoga & fitness classes.
Until then, the pro shop is open six days a week (weekdays 12-6pm and Sat 10-2pm). You can also purchase some items on our website and pick them up at the gym, and we will also do curbside delivery if you are hesitant to come in.
For those of you who elected to continue paying all or some of your monthly dues we can't thank you enough. It has made a difference. We'll bill you again on June 1. If your circumstances have changed and you need to terminate your membership or go back to freeze your membership, please do not hesitate to fill out another change request by May 29th so we can get that updated before we run billing. Likewise, if you haven't been paying dues since our closure but would like to show your support for the gym and our employees, please fill out a change request and select the "Freeze" option that makes sense for you. We promise that it will be put to good use for our staff and to help us make some necessary changes & improvements to the gym.
May 4th Update: Limited Retail HoursWe will be opening our retail store for limited hours each week starting Monday, May 4th at 2:00pm. Follow the button below for store hours, details on in store shopping requirements, and curbside options.
April 30th Update: Still Closed
Hey there Ascent family,
Areas of the country are beginning to ease restrictions and begin to open back up, and we know that many of you (and us) are eager to get back to climbing. Colorado climbing gyms are not among those business that have been given a green light (or even a yellow light) to reopen yet, so we will have to hang in there for a bit longer. We do not have an anticipated date for reopening, but we are using this time to make plans for what reopening will look like when the time arrives and indoor climbing again becomes an appropriate activity.
Almost any business that reopens in the coming months will do so under radically different conditions. No one is going back to business as usual any time soon, and that will be true for climbing gyms as well. When we do reopen, we will do so with a range of health and safety precautions to protect our customers and our staff. In fact, it's entirely possible that when restrictions on indoor climbing are lifted, we will decide that the more appropriate action is to remain closed until conditions change.
We will continue to follow all government mandated protocols, and Governor Polis has not yet set a date for when restaurants, bars and gyms can reopen other than a tentative 'hopefully some can reopen in mid-May'. When we do reopen, we intend to allow limited access to support social distancing guidelines and help prevent any further transferring of COVID-19 after the quarantine. This might look like: rotating routes, reserved time slots, and removing community lead ropes.
As we plan for what could be the new normal for some number of months, we'd welcome your input. How are you? How much do you miss climbing? How do you imagine climbing again?
Hang in there, everyone! We miss you all!
❤️Jon, Brandon, Hannah, Roy, Andrew & Andrew and all the rest of us at Ascent Studio
We are a small, locally-owned business employing over 50 people from the area; they, along with our members (you!), are the community that helped build this gym. As a member you directly affect our ability to pay our employees. We hope that you will stick with us through these difficult times. We understand that this may not be an option for everyone.
Some of our members have asked what they can do to support the gym during this time. You have the option to continue being billed each month, or to set a custom amount that is comfortable for you. You can always change that in the future if your situation changes. Please go to the membership changes page to see the options.
Regardless we are confident that we'll be here a few months from now when we are able to reopen safely.
Other ways to support the gym
March 24 update
We're working hard to make sure that the gym is ready to reopen as soon as we can do that safely. Of course, we hope that will be in a few weeks, but are preparing for it to be a few months.
While we're closed we are working hard to continue to provide value for. Look for some online yoga, fitness and training videos in the next few days. We hope these will help you stay connected to y our community emotionally, and keep your body fit to get back on the wall.
You can still sign-up for the Annual Fitness Challenge. There are plenty of challenges you can do even though the gym isn't open.
If you have an active membership one of our staff will reach out to you in the next few days to touch base and confirm how you would like us to handle your membership. Please watch for a phone call (probably from a phone number you don't recognize). If we don't reach you we will leave a message with the details. We'll also send an email.
March 14 update
We have made the difficult - and impactful - decision to close Ascent Studio to the public, starting Sunday morning, 3/15. So far in our community, we’ve been relatively spared by the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Larimer County has only a single confirmed case, but that number is expected to grow in the coming days (see ). Now is the time to take action to do our part to protect our community from future cases. Public health experts strongly advise immediate social distancing measures to reduce the spread of the virus. We agree with these experts and strongly believe that temporarily closing doors is the responsible way to slow the spread of the pandemic in our community.
We understand the disappointment and frustration you may be feeling. We opened this gym because we are passionate about climbing and believe in the real value that indoor climbing experiences bring to you and the rest of our community. But now is the time to protect that community from a pandemic. Stopping it will demand effort and sacrifice from all of us. As you consider alternatives to your usual climbing session at Ascent, please opt for social distancing. Together, we will have an impact, and we will see that impact only in retrospect.
The future of this pandemic looks very uncertain. It will pass, for sure, but we do not know how quickly or at what cost, both human and economic. We are currently putting together a plan to provide financial continuity for our 50+ employees, many of whom depend heavily on Ascent for their immediate financial security. Members, we understand that closing now means you have paid for a product that we cannot deliver. If you are able, we ask sincerely that you consider letting us put your remaining dues for March towards the continued support of our staff. The disruption that comes with COVID-19 may be sudden and severe for many members of our community, and we too will be looking for ways we can help.
We are closed, but we are not idle. Look for more updates from us, via email, social media, and our website. We’ll keep you posted. Hang in there everyone. We already miss seeing you at Ascent, and we look forward to seeing you again when this is behind us. We are all in this together.