Popularity of climbing gyms reaches new heights

Tyler Ashcraft is a lot like other high school students who rush off to practice after the bell rings to release them from class. However, as 17-year-old Ashcraft grabs his backpack and leaves school, it’s not to the locker room or the football field: it’s Tuesday afternoon and he’s headed to rock climb at the Quarry, a popular indoor climbing gym in Provo.

According to the Climbing Business Journal, in 2015 “the U.S. commercial indoor climbing industry grew by ten percent over last year, with 40 new gyms bringing the total number of commercial climbing facilities in the country up to 388.”