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By J. Fox
From Black Hawk, CO
Dec 14, 2012
Me too!

I'm pretty excited about this too, since I could walk or ride my bike from my office to this location. But I'm poor, and hope the membership price isn't near what I read on the MD site ($89/30 days). Especially since I can also ride my bike to N. Table, or the Canal Zone in CCC. Most of these places can be climbed year round for free.

Still excited about the prospect though, and yes, if you guys put up Ice Holdz, then I'll get a membership for sure. And I too have kidz and my wife used to climb with me...would be nice to get her back into it.


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By T.J. Esposito
From San Diego, CA
Dec 14, 2012
Espresso @ New Jack City

You want expensive? Brooklyn Boulders in NY (emphasis on boulders) is $22 for a day pass or $95 a month for membership.

I type this as I get ready to head over there and plunk down $200 for a ten-visit card, climbers are a captive audience in NY!


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By Luke Clarke
From Golden
Dec 17, 2012
Summit of the Grand, 10 am July 3, 2007

This is a smart move. I have wondered for years why no one opened a gym in Golden while Boulder supports three. The sooner the better on this deal.


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By Eli Helmuth
From Estes Park, CO
Dec 19, 2012
Eli on the FA of Grizzly (M9) at the Den.

Hopefully ET does a better job of supervising its employees in CO than it did at home, but with four big gyms now, that's a lot of responsibility.

With two coaches arrested last year for sex with a kid they were coaching, not really psyched to see them in our area and keeping my children away from there for sure.

www.dpmclimbing.com/articles/view/another-earth-treks-climbi>>>

Wonder how big of a problem this is in the gym-kid-coaching culture?


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By SendaGorilla
From Boulder
Dec 19, 2012

Soooooo....I take it you're not having Eldorado Walls build THIS one!?!?!?... what if they promise to be done in TWO months??? Hahaha


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By EarthTreks
Dec 19, 2012

Eli Helmuth wrote:
Hopefully ET does a better job of supervising its employees in CO than it did at home, but with four big gyms now, that's a lot of responsibility. With two coaches arrested last year for sex with a kid they were coaching, not really psyched to see them in our area and keeping my children away from there for sure. www.dpmclimbing.com/articles/view/another-earth-treks-climbi>>> Wonder how big of a problem this is in the gym-kid-coaching culture?


As you've pointed out, the Earth Treks community was affected by child sex abuse in 2011. Our head coach at the time and one of his assistants victimized, namely a young teenage girl, but also an entire community including his peers and the parents and kids that had put their trust in them during their tenure. It was by far, the hardest thing Earth Treks as a community has ever had to deal with, and it's affects will never fully go away. Given I was his direct supervisor, I can personally attest to how child sex abusers weasel their way in and hide their motives to take advantage of others, despite your best efforts to shield against these risks. I am incredibly proud of how Earth Treks responded to this, both in the way we responded in the midst of the crisis, and in the way we evaluated all of our youth protection policies and safeguards and improved and broadened all our youth protection training. In fact, I'm quite confident that Earth Treks is one of the best climbing gyms with regards to safe guarding children, informed in part from our experience. I think the fact that our climbing team program has never been bigger or more successful than it is right now is testament to how we've responded. I'd also have to agree with the comment that more needs to be done with regard to youth protection in climbing coaching nationwide. While I'm not in the office today, I invite you or anyone else with questions to contact me directly at 410-872-0060 x117. Chris Jenkins, COO


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By M Lindfors
From Highlands Ranch
Jan 1, 2013

Would have loved to see a gym closer to the child infested south of Denver suburbs. Golden is almost the same distance for us as Boulder and the coaching at Boulder Rock Club is stellar. Bummer about the high prices too as this is not the east coast.


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By Josh S
Jan 2, 2013

I've been climbing at the Earth Treks in Maryland for 3-4 years, and they are a great company. Very friendly staff and members, frequently change the routes and they are dedicated to investing right back into the gyms. The gym in rockville is an (indoor) lead climbing wonderland.


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By Kevin Craig
Jan 2, 2013
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd

M Lindfors wrote:
Would have loved to see a gym closer to the child infested south of Denver suburbs.


You've heard, perhaps, about a place called R&J II? A fair bit closer to Highlands Hive than is Golden.

Eli, pretty harsh judgment. There are darned few organizations that involve lots of kids that haven't had at least one scumbag slip through at some point (whether you've heard about it or not), regardless of safe-guards. Sounds like EarthTreks has learned a tough lesson and taken steps to address the problem. I'd wager they're in a better position now to protect kids than a business that hasn't had a problem (or doesn't yet know they have one).


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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Jan 3, 2013
Stabby

I will be interested in seeing how they will attract patrons in the Spring, Summer and Fall when CCC and NTM and even the UAC are 10 minutes away. And free. And real stone. And outside.

M Lindfors wrote:
Golden is almost the same distance for us as Boulder

I assume you are at the East side and use I-25? This still makes no sense whatsoever.


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By coop
From Glenwood Springs, CO
Jan 3, 2013
Indian Creek Climbing

could someone please build a nice gym in Glenwood Springs?


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By Freddy Friedrichs
From Denver, Co
Jan 18, 2013
midnight in moab

I am very excited to hear that this gym is coming to golden. As someone who currently walks three miles to the Golden Community Center to train (No car or bike) the new location is literally right next to where I live.I will definitely have a membership and likely be there daily to train. I also plan on applying for a position there as soon as the process starts. Stoked!


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By Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
Jan 18, 2013
The Cathedral Spires in RMNP, left to right: Stiletto, Sharkstooth, Forbidden Tower, Petit Grepon, The Saber, The Foil, The Moon & The Jackknife.

coop wrote:
could someone please build a nice gym in Glenwood Springs?


Grizzly Creek Wall (i.e. Mudwall), Glenwood Canyon
Grizzly Creek Wall (i.e. Mudwall), Glenwood Canyon


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By Matt Roberts
From Columbus, OH
Jan 19, 2013
Hittin' Miguel's with the new Chimps in tow

As someone whose kids were on the ET youth team at the time, I think I can speak with some authority in saying that ET handled an awful situation incredibly well.

Almost all of the kids who were on team at the time are still climbing there (in fact, they may all be--we moved away just after this all occurred) which I think is about the highest praise possible for how management handled it. Further, if we still lived in the area, my kids would still be climbing for ET.

I'll see you in June, Eli, and we can talk more then if you want.

Matt.


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Jan 19, 2013
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

Eli Helmuth wrote:
Hopefully ET does a better job of supervising its employees in CO than it did at home, but with four big gyms now, that's a lot of responsibility. With two coaches arrested last year for sex with a kid they were coaching, not really psyched to see them in our area and keeping my children away from there for sure. www.dpmclimbing.com/articles/view/another-earth-treks-climbi>>> Wonder how big of a problem this is in the gym-kid-coaching culture?


Doesn't seem like ET did anything to enable this, and it seems like they've handled it quite well since. IMO, this whole scandal was blown way out of proportion in the first place, and it's slightly annoying to see it resurfacing.


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By David Pennington
Aug 9, 2013

Went by the site this morning, framing is getting there, I'd say they are still 4-6 months out.


Earth Treks location in Golden, CO
Earth Treks location in Golden, CO


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By CBW
Aug 9, 2013

Mid November opening. In two weeks the roof and much of the exterior walls will be done. The first Walltopia shipment comes in early Sept. The sprinklers are currently being installed. HVAC, plumbing, etc is all teed up and ready for installation, starting in two weeks (everything is already in the slab). Full speed ahead.


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Aug 9, 2013
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

CBW wrote:
Mid November opening.


great timing!


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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Sep 8, 2013
Lone goat..

I easily see this as raising the property value of our house in Golden, sooooo pumped! It was the only real thing that sucked about moving from Boulder. And then BOOM! problem solved.


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By Nathaniel K
From Littleton, CO
Nov 19, 2013
banana banana banana

did they open yet? anyone have an update?


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By reboot
From Westminster, CO
Nov 19, 2013

Nathaniel K wrote:
did they open yet? anyone have an update?

https://www.facebook.com/Earth.Treks.Golden

https://secure.thesendspot.com/vc/gym.php?gid=11

Hmm, only 11% (20) of the routes are 5.12a-5.13d. I'm starting to feel underwhelmed with this huge new gym.


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By The Blueprint Part Dank
Nov 19, 2013
Bohemian grove

I think you're being a little harsh there Eli. It sounds like they handled things way better than the Vatican or Penn State. This is an awful, mean terrible world, and sometimes the most normal seming person is the most deranged and evil. Once my kids are older, I will actually be MORE inclined to put my kids onto an ET program than another gym that hasn't shown the ability to handle this sticky situation.


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By JerryN
Nov 19, 2013

reboot wrote:
https://www.facebook.com/Earth.Treks.Golden https://secure.thesendspot.com/vc/gym.php?gid=11 Hmm, only 11% (20) of the routes are 5.12a-5.13d. I'm starting to feel underwhelmed with this huge new gym.


Maybe do some research before knocking them...

I think I saw something on their website that said they would have around 300 routes. Since these statistics show around 190 routes that would lead me to believe there are roughly 100 more routes to go.


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By reboot
From Westminster, CO
Nov 19, 2013

JerryN wrote:
Maybe do some research before knocking them... I think I saw something on their website that said they would have around 300 routes

I've done mine & posted the links. Pulling a number out of your ass isn't considered research anywhere.

The raw square footage of this place is less than twice the size of Movement & Movement typically have just over 100 routes, I'll let you do the math.


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By Matt Roberts
From Columbus, OH
Nov 19, 2013
Hittin' Miguel's with the new Chimps in tow

I don't want to get in any arguments about research...I'm a professor in my real job, so that's what I read MP to get away from, but, ET-Timonium is listed as having 374 routes, and its about 1/2 the size of ET-Golden, so I don't think that they are done setting quite yet in Golden.

As far as Movement goes, they may have 100ish ropes, but I'd be very surprised if they only have 100 routes.


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