Climbing Gym Plans Opening in Littleton
LITTLETON -- Rock climbing gyms for years have been tucked away in industrial parks, inside difficult-to-find buildings with high ceilings.
Climbing, however, is now coming out of the shadows and into the mainstream -- with the newest example at a growing, vibrant development in Littleton.
MetroRock plans to open a 17,000-square-foot gym with 75 routes for climbing in early March at The Point, located right off Interstate 495.
Henry Pott, general manager of MetroRock, said he’s excited to bring the rapidly expanding sport to Littleton. Many climbers have to drive to Boston or Worcester for rock climbing, he said, so this facility can fill a need for those in Lowell, Fitchburg, Acton, Concord and other nearby communities.
“It’s also a really nice luxury we’re in such a great retail park that has other stuff to do,” Pott, 43, said. “I can see people spending a few hours climbing, then going to the cinema, and after heading to dinner.”
This will be MetroRock’s fifth location. Its first climbing gym is in Everett.
The Littleton gym will have routes for all ages and skill levels, Pott said.
“From the youngest child to the oldest person, from someone who never thought about climbing to someone who might compete,” he added.
The highest wall at the Littleton facility will be 40 feet.
They will frequently change routes, so someone heading there on day one will probably find a new wall with challenges the following month.
“We’re constantly challenging climbers in different ways,” Pott said.
Rock climbing is rising in popularity because people are tired of heading to a normal gym, he said.
“With climbing, you engage your brain and body all at once,” Pott said. “It’s a lot of fun, and you stay fit and healthy while doing it.”
There’s also a social aspect to the sport as climbers look after each other, especially with managing ropes.
“It builds a different level of trust with people,” Pott added.
He hopes to build a strong climbing community around the Littleton area.
He’s connected with folks at UMass Lowell, and plans to be in touch with people in other local municipalities.
“We want to be that community focal point,” Pott said.
Originally from England, Pott has a military background serving as a Royal Marine.
He then went into the financial world, working for Goldman Sachs and other institutions.
He’s always been passionate about fitness, so he later helped set up a Tough Mudder Bootcamp gym -- and is now excited to open the Littleton climbing gym.
Pott is hoping to recruit some employees for the facility.
“You don’t have to be an expert climber,” he said of staff members.
A drop-in day pass at the Littleton facility will cost $20. They’re offering a pre-opening discounted membership for $80 a month.
For more information on the facility and pricing, visit www.metrorock.com/littleton .
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