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Jed Boal ReportingUtah boasts some of the most beautiful and diverse geology in the world. And many people like to admire the rock up close, and up high. Now, there's a new gym to inspire the climber in all of us.
Taylor Garrett leaps, swings, and climbs on the rock with the prowess of Spider-man. He grew up climbing in southern Utah and hones his skills at a new climbing gym in Sandy. Garrett says, "Working out while you're doing something that's competitive really gives you that feeling of growing and improving. You get that at the gym, but it's not the same."
Jeff Pederson craves that physical and mental challenge. He and a partner, Garrett, opened Momentum Indoor Climbing Gym to give Wasatch climbers a place to push themselves. They say the gym is for the climbers, from beginners to the hard-core. Pederson says, "We've got lots of wall space like this. Big hand holds, big foot holds. It allows somebody that's never tried the sport before to come in and check it out."
The gym has 20,000 square feet of wall space, 42-foot-tall overhangs, cracks, and a kid's wall.
Utah has some of the best climbing terrain, but it's not a great idea to head out to Little Cottonwood Canyon and start climbing. "In a climbing gym, the experts have already congregated there. You can come in and have someone show you how to keep yourself safe," says Pederson.
It's like having a chunk of Little Cottonwood Canyon or Glen Canyon inside, ready with ropes and routes.
The gym hosts climbing competitions and also has fitness machines and a cafe.
For more information on the new gym, click on the link to the right.