NileGuide Expert Says:
All-around best climbing gym in Utah: best route-setting, friendliest staff.
1450 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
tel: (801) 466-7625
NileGuide Expert tip:
Free yoga and kettlebells classes included with membership and day passes.
The Front Climbing Club, located just west of downtown Salt Lake City, offers some of the best indoor bouldering in the U.S. And because it's a bouldering facility only (i.e. has no *roped* climbing), you don't even need a partner or belaying skills to have fun there. All you need is shoes and a chalk bag -and these can even be rented at the front desk. The walls feature plenty of angles -from slightly less than vertical to quite overhanging. There is more than 10,000 square feet of climbing surface and a very good problem-setting crew. In addition to climbing, they offer yoga and kettlebells classes most evenings of the week, a selection of cardio machines, a weight room, and a systems/ training-specific wall.
The Front often hosts local and regional competitions, as well as certain professional-level events. Most citizens' comps take place during the fall, winter, and spring. The pro events usually align with the Outdoor Retailer fall and summer shows- usually in January or February and August.
Check online for upcoming events, as well as weekly schedules.
David Sjöquist Photo