Savannah Climbing Co-op
A few months ago, I had been on the beach talking to a friend about working out and the benefits of doing things besides just “hitting the gym”. When I remarked that what I thought Savannah really needed was a climbing gym, imagine my surprise when he told me that one was actually being built! Since then, I have appropriately stalked their facebook page and website waiting for the facility to open!
Over this past Labor Day weekend, they had their grand opening. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when going there-sometimes places like that can be intimidating. As it turns out, I didn’t have anything to worry about. Truly a grassroots operation, you can feel it as soon as you walk in the door. I was greeted by the sight of a place you could easily lose a whole day in. To the side of the entrance are improvised cubby holes for your belongings and a bathroom. Before you hit the wall is what looks like-and is-a very comfortable
couch and a television playing a constant stream of climbing videos. Then, of course, you have the bouldering walls. Right now, there are three different sections: a straight vertical and two other sections with differing incline angles (unfortunately I can’t remember the degree of incline). Best of all-and what
truly “makes or breaks” any place-are the people working there. Douglas Galloway, one of the founders, was working the gym that day. He took my friend and I through the safety procedures (how to spot, keeping the mat under the climber, etc.) and showed us the different routes and what the colors meant.
I have been to climbing gyms before, but have never had an experience like I had that day. I had gone with the Lululemon crew (you’ll be hearing more about this awesome brand
and group of people soon in upcoming posts). We alternated between climbing and watching the climbing videos while resting. When we ran into problems or just simply had questions, Doug was there to guide us and help us through it. He floated through checking people in, watching the videos with us, climbing himself and helping us tackle the problems we were working on. It was obvious that he, and likely the others involved in the co-op, are truly passionate about climbing and sharing the sport with others (amazing!). Before we knew it, nearly three hours had passed! I found myself begrudgingly gathering my things and leaving to go to the beach to teach lessons (which says a lot because I am completely obsessed with teaching and being at the beach!).
I would absolutely recommend checking this place out. Whether you are looking to improve your climbing, get a good workout, or simply just meet some great people while doing something a little different…or maybe all of the above…you are sure to find it there!
One thing I will say is that, if you haven’t been there and you rely on your phone or gps to get you to where you are going, you may have some difficulty. The gym is between Barnard and Montgomery on Victory in a little plaza. There is a kid’s store on the bottom and the gym is on the second floor!