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Ripon rock climbing gym is nearing April opening
Eric Van Groningen recently navigated the large climbing wall of Ripon’s Alpine Climbing Adventure Fitness.

The Alpine Climbing Adventure Fitness appears on schedule to open in April.

That’s the indoor steel-framed rock-climbing gym in the Ripon Crossing shopping center – current home to Les Schwab Tire Center, Tractor Supply Co. and Boat Country (coming soon: Burger King, Popeye’s Chicken, Shell Gas Station & Convenience Store with a Tommy’s Express Car Wash) – at 1450 Garrison Way.

“We are finalizing the bouldering and kids’ area along with the rest of the finishing details on the construction portion of the project,” Jonathan Meek said.

He’s the Ripon resident and developer of the total 19,335-square-foot facility dedicated to climbing – featured are a 55-foot-high lead wall along with a 15-meter speed wall, 16-foot bouldering wall and a kids’ climbing area.

DeGraff Development is handling the construction.

“Alpine’s 55-foot walls are complete with ropes and climbing routes,” said Meeks, who recently had USA Climbing Route Setter of the Year Joey Jannsen help with the opening set.

The gym will also feature free weight, cardio equipment, TRX, benches, medicine balls, mobility equipment, yoga, high intensity interval and cross fitness classes.

Meeks announced that a founding membership deal will go on sale in the coming weeks.

Those signing up will have a variety of options of climbing. Included will be top rope, auto belay and lead – rental gear from climbing shoes, harness and belaying devices will be available at the front desk or for purchase at the gym’s full-service retail shop.

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