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Jul 9, 2014
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I had been hearing through the grapevine that Stuart was going to be putting in a new gym at some point. I ran into him mountain biking at bent creek a while back and he confirmed that he had the property and was planning to break ground soon. Sounded like there would be taller walls for lead climbing, which I think would be a great thing for Asheville. With all the climbers in the area having a place to be able to get out of the cold or rain and lead would be great for those of us who dont boulder much. I also think its great that Stuart is the one doing it because he is so established in the community. It was about 6 months ago that i talked with him but havent seen or heard about much going on. Does anyone know if this is still happening or when we might see some progress? I believe that the property will be down by Carrier Park off Amboy rd. Hope someone has some great news that its currently being built;) photocodo
From Hendersonville, NC
Joined May 15, 2012
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Jul 9, 2014
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They have broken ground and done what looks like most of the grading for the site. it is off of Amboy acrooss from Carrier. I am not sure of the time lin, but I have heard that the schedule was to open this fall. not sure how that is possible given the current state of progres. kcradford
From Asheville, NC
Joined Feb 21, 2012
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Jul 9, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: The "crack"
I think I remember Stuart saying that they were hoping for September. But obviously if they are just doing grading at this point that probably won't be the case. Im just glad to know that they are working towards it. Im excited to have a larger facility in the area. I think it will be a great addition for the climbing community. photocodo
From Hendersonville, NC
Joined May 15, 2012
123 points
Jul 11, 2014
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The gym is slated to be open around October as of now. Plans include lead climbing, bouldering, and exercise area, among other things. GeoffNC
Joined Aug 1, 2013
10 points
Jul 17, 2014
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I don't see how they are going to open in October considering how little has been done.

but I hope I am wrong
kcradford
From Asheville, NC
Joined Feb 21, 2012
6 points
Oct 19, 2015
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Update on this one, the gym will likely be opening soon. I would GUESS mid Novemberish. but realistically you could probably already climb on the walls.

I just stopped by the location on Amboy rd. in Asheville right next to the river. I asked the construction guys outside when they were opening they didn't really know I got a "when it is finished" answer and that they may be waiting on some permits. I told them to get back to work, I needed them to finish it NOW! In reply they demanded money and I told them I left my wallet in the car.

They were working on putting up a ~50ft wall on the outside of the gym.

Upon peeking into the windows I saw a person on a cherry picker bolting rocks to the wall.

This is all the info I have.
Kyle Cobbler
From Asheville NC
Joined Jun 3, 2014
422 points
Oct 19, 2015
Awesome, had no idea there was a new gym in the works. Anyone know how I can get in touch with the owner(s)? Thanks. Toad
Joined Oct 19, 2015
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Oct 19, 2015
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Toad wrote:
Awesome, had no idea there was a new gym in the works. Anyone know how I can get in touch with the owner(s)? Thanks.


Call ClimbMax.
Joe Virtanen
From Asheville, NC
Joined May 7, 2010
266 points
Nov 1, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Spoonless in the Obed.
Sorry to rehash, but is there a new gym in Asheville or not? There's nothing on Google.

I come to town on occasion to visit my family, and when I can't get outside, I've gone to Climbmax. I'm not a huge fan of that place, and thought a new bouldering gym had opened on Hendersonville Rd. Did it close?

In other words, is there a campus board in town? :)
evan h
From Denver, CO
Joined Oct 3, 2012
263 points
Nov 1, 2016
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Yeah it's there, Google smokey mountain adventure center or SMAC I believe Barrett Pauer
From Brevard, NC
Joined Apr 9, 2013
598 points
Nov 1, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: At the bottom of North Ridge, Table Rock, NC.
There is now the SMAC which is owned by the same guy who owns ClimbMax. Bigger and taller indoor area than ClimbMax, but still fairly small in capacity by modern standards. Benandstuff
From Winston-Salem, NC
Joined Apr 12, 2015
196 points
Nov 1, 2016
Smac is a great place! Lead routes, bouldering, and tr! They have a pretty good campus board and it seems like they are installing a system board. Caleb Spradlin
From Brevard, NC
Joined Jan 4, 2013
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Nov 1, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Spoonless in the Obed.
Thanks guys, that sounds like the place! evan h
From Denver, CO
Joined Oct 3, 2012
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