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“I got into this because I really love climbing.  It’s a great sport.  But it’s not just about physical fitness; it’s social too. You climb, you rest. You climb, you rest. You really get to know people.” – Page Lee, co-owner, Inner Peaks Climbing Center

Page Lee and her husband, Doug Cosby were co-owners of a gym in D.C. when they became interested in opening their own indoor climbing facility. They brought their idea of a state-of-the-art climbing gym to Charlotte in 1998. Judging from their success, they had the right idea.

Inner Peaks is Charlotte’s only indoor professional climbing center.  (At UNCC, you have to be a student, faculty, or staff to use their climbing walls, or you can drive 45 minutes north to Cliff Hangers for another indoor experience, or to the Whitewater center for an outdoor wall). They’ve just celebrated 15 years at their Greylyn Business Park location in the MoRA corridor, and added their South End location in 2015.Inner Peaks Charlotte

It wasn’t easy finding a suitable location, nor is it inexpensive – it takes about a million dollars to build a wall of steel frame construction.  Page explains that the building has to have “free span space,” meaning there can’t be any weight-bearing poles taking up floor space.  “A lot of potential landlords [in 1998] didn’t understand what we were trying to do.  Climbing [gyms] just weren’t something they wanted to risk getting involved with.”  Then-Greylyn owner Daniel Levine wasn’t intimidated.  “Daniel was the only person who would rent to us.”

Their Crown Point (MoRA) location was actually a converted warehouse that Page and Doug expanded five years ago.  The expansion increased the climbing terrain by 50%, created an area for private parties, expanded the workout Inner Peaks Charlotteroom offering, plus added a climbing-specific training area and a yoga studio.  Climbers now have 60+ rope stations, as well as bouldering and lead climbing areas.  They accommodate beginners to seasoned veterans, and people of all ages and fitness levels are welcome.

Doug and Page love having their children attend school in the MoRA area, too.  Lee is a middle schooler at McClintock Middle (“he’s had great, gifted teachers at the top of their game”) and Isabel is thriving at East Meck High School (“I can’t say enough how happy she is and how much we love the school”).

Inner Peaks is at 9535 Monroe Road, #170, or you can find them on Facebook.

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