Climb Bentonville Opening Fall 2018
Exciting news! Climb Bentonville - an indoor climbing, fitness and yoga facility - is opening in fall of 2018! Climb Bentonville is a branch of Climb Nashville, one of the Southeast's premiere climbing facilities. After 14 years in business, the indoor rock-climbing facility comes to Northwest Arkansas as a joint venture between established Nashville locations' owners Drew Sloss and Lance Brock and new partner Fayetteville businessman Dennis Nelms. This will be the company's first location outside of Middle Tennessee.
Bentonville's first climbing facility will open in a new 22,000-square-foot build at Highway 102 and SW I Street in Bentonville. It will boast more than 16,000 square feet of climbing terrain and will feature walls measuring as high as 45 feet vertically, built by industry leader Walltopia. The building's two-story interior will include a workout room, yoga/fitness class space, restrooms, locker area, retail store, and kids' climbing area. There will also be a party room for birthday parties and private events.
"We're excited to be opening a new climbing space in such an enthusiastically active community. While we looked at multiple sites, we're happy to have landed in Bentonville, adjacent to Osage Prairie Park, and at such a visible intersection," Brock said.
After visiting Northwest Arkansas with Nelms in late 2015, Sloss and Brock agreed that Northwest Arkansas would be a great next place to share their love of climbing. "My wife is from Arkansas and so there is a natural connection for us personally," Sloss said. "There is already a great outdoor community, and with such easy access to outdoor sports like climbing, biking and hiking, it seemed like a great fit."
Dennis Nelms, a long-time resident of Northwest Arkansas, began a passion for climbing here in the Ozarks. Now, almost three decades later, he sees this balance of passion and business coming together in Climb Bentonville.
"Climbing is a great way to stay in shape, increase flexibility and build strength. It's also a very social activity; I met my wife climbing! After meeting with the Climb Nashville Team, I knew this was a natural fit for me and for Northwest Arkansas," Nelms said.
The design-build team for Climb Bentonville includes local architects Audy Lack, Matt Hoffman and Shay Hawkins of Miller, Boskus, Lack Architects, PA; Scott Archer, Jeremy Calloway and Rob May of HSA consultants; Heath Rheay and Mark Dillard of Kinco Constructors; and Brahm Driver & Alison Jumper with Ecological Design Group.
Memberships to the facility will include access to indoor climbing and all gym amenities, such as training equipment and group fitness classes. Day passes will also be available. Gym staff will include personal trainers for one-on-one and small group coaching. Special programs such as youth camps, after-school programs, personal climbing instruction, and outdoor guiding will be available. Private events, such as corporate team-building and kids' birthday parties will be among the gym's unique offerings.