Climb Nashville

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Your fingers may bet a bit sore, but a sense of accomplishment will make up for that when you're having fun scaling the rock walls at Climb Nashville.

Rock-climbing walls have been popular for a while, evident by their presence at children’s areas, family-friendly events and festivals.

To get a real good dose of the thrill of climbing — and perhaps to conquer your fear of heights — a trip to Climb Nashville is in order. Climb Nashville first opened several years ago in a smaller location next to the Nashville Ballet studios in Nashville’s Sylvan Park area, but now fills a huge facility on Charlotte Avenue west of downtown. The climbing spot now boasts more than 20,000 square feet of massive climbing walls and structures offering an adventure for everyone from beginners to professional climbers. In fact, some of the walls allow thrill-seekers to climb more than three stories high!

Until recently, I’d never gone near a climbing wall given my inherent fear of heights. However, on a recent quest to conquer that phobia, I decided to give Climb Nashville a whirl. A 6-year-old girl made it look effortless to me, so …

I suggest the $29.50 intro package. It includes a full day pass (you get a wristband and can leave and come back in the same day), gear rental and a belay lesson with one of the enthusiastic staff members. James was my guide, and he made the experience fun. After basic instruction, I harnessed myself up to the automatic belay device on the beginner wall and nearly reached the top before losing my grip and gently gliding back down to the floor.

James literally showed me the ropes in regard to proper belay techniques when climbing with a buddy. After instruction, I enjoyed working my way up different routes (aka “paths”) on the walls. Color-coded grips all over the wall vary in difficulty, so there’s always a new challenge to boost your adrenaline.

Kids love this place! A group of youngsters climbed around me during a birthday party, and they were having a blast. Children as young as 2 years old can climb. Basically, if kids can walk, they can climb, as long as they’re big enough to fit securely into a safety harness.

Your fingers will be sore after your first time, and I figured out pretty quickly to let my feet do most of the work versus pulling myself up by my hands. Climbing provides a great workout and a real sense of accomplishment no matter how high you make it up. I certainly landed on a fun, new hobby that’ll keep me coming back.

Fitness and yoga classes are also available at Climb Nashville as well as a weight room.

Climb Nashville’s main location is at 3600 Charlotte Ave., Nashville (615-463-7625). Its hours are Mon – Fri 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 12 – 10 p.m. Day passes (including gear) are $20.50 adults, $15.75 ages 12 and younger.

Climb Nashville also has a smaller location in East Nashville, located at 1900 Eastland Ave., Nashville (615-610-2200). Its hours are Sun – Fri 12 – 10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 1 0 p.m. Day passes (including gear) are $18.50 adults, $13.75 ages 12 and younger (an intro package at the East location is $27.50).

Different membership levels are also available and well worth it should you decide to become a regular climber. Learn more at climbnashville.com.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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