Next spring, Tysons residents and visitors will be able to climb a rock wall, host a Zoom meeting, and enjoy their morning coffee all in one place.
Manassas-based Vertical Rock Climbing and Fitness plans to open a second gym at Best Buy-anchored mall at 8461 Leesburg Pike, near The Boro and Spring Hill metro station, the Washington Business Journal reported in August.
The new 12,000-square-foot facility will feature not only rock-cut walls, a form of non-rope rock climbing, but also a ground-floor café and co-working space that will be open to both gym members and individuals. the public.
“Coffee and climbing go together,” Ian Colton, co-owner and CEO of Vertical Rock, told Tysons Reporter. “A lot of climbers love coffee, and we personally suffer from a huge affliction with coffee. We want to make sure we create an outstanding café, and that is reflected in the layout and design we put on the table.”
The coffee shop, called Basecamp Coffee Roasters, will essentially operate as a separate business that just happens to share the same building.
While options like online ordering will be available to those looking to grab a cup of coffee on the go, Colton envisions a broth-like hangout that encourages people to stay, catch up with friends or at work—perhaps after breaking a sweat at the on-floor gym. upper.
“We want to make this atmosphere as friendly, inviting and inviting as possible,” he said. “…With the new normal of not necessarily working in an office and lots of remote schools, where the new standard is to be able to have some kind of social distance but also to be present and present, this facility can give you all of that.”
The inclusion of the café is one way Vertical Rock has adapted its concept to the urban environment that attracted the company to Tysons after launching in Manassas in 2012.
Where the Manassas Center features 55-foot-high rock walls with climbing ropes, the smaller Tysons facility will focus exclusively on the rocks, with walls ranging from 14 to 16 feet high and 14 inches of ground fill for protection.
The shift reflects the limited amount of space available in an increasingly dense area like Tysons. Vertical Rock spent about five years searching for a site in the Fairfax County area before finding the Leesburg Pike acreage, according to Colton.
Bowling also gives users more flexibility because, unlike rope-based rock climbing, it can be done alone, requires minimal equipment, and allows participants to move at their own pace, Colton says.
The Tysons facility will accommodate different ages and levels of experience, from beginners to athletes training for the Olympics, which has featured climbing sports as an official event for the first time this year.
“All you really need is a bag of chalk and a pair of climbing shoes, and you can go in and you can climb,” Colton said, noting that these items and other climbing equipment will be available for rent or purchase.
Vertical Rock Tysons began pre-sales of sports passes in November. It will offer one-day, monthly, yearly, and flexible tickets.
Colton expects occupancy to begin in mid-April, although the COVID-19 pandemic has had a “significant impact” on the facility’s outfitting. A sign still posted on the door of the site indicates that it will open in December.
Realizing that people may remain wary of exercising indoors, Colton says Vertical Rock is designing the site to be spacious and making investments in equipment and operation to create an environment that is as safe as possible.
“I think the biggest thing we’re really trying to bring to the table is a community-focused facility, and to be something that serves the local Fairfax County,” Colton said. “We want to keep getting involved for healthy, new ways to stay fit and connect you to the outdoors, and that’s really been our motto since we opened.”