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PHOTOS: Inside Peak Experiences’ new, larger outpost near Scott’s Addition

The new 20,000-square-foot facility is part of the Sports Center of Richmond complex and includes a variety of climbing and bouldering walls, cardio and weight equipment, a yoga studio, raised upper deck for special events, and more.

Trevor Dickerson



Peak Experiences, a longtime indoor rock climbing gym based in Midlothian, has climbed across the river to open a second location near Scott’s Addition.

The newest location, dubbed Peak RVA, officially opened last Friday at 1385 Overbrook Road. The new climbing center and gym is located within the 125,000-square-foot Sports Center of Richmond (SCOR) complex.

The new facility features a large bouldering wall, multiple climbing walls of various heights, a wall specifically designated for competitions, and another for kids’ parties and other special events.

A raised platform spans much of the open gym, allowing observation of climbers from two stories up as well as an area for special events. Beer and wine will soon be available for enjoyment on the upper deck as well.

The 21,000-square-foot gym also features a yoga studio, will soon have a variety of fitness equipment and free weights, a full retail shop, and more.

“I and the rest of our family at Peak have to thank the City of Richmond and the Richmond climbing community. They’ve shown the interest in climbing, increased the demand for high-level facilities, and have been nothing but supportive in making this new location a reality,” said Jay Smith, owner and president of Peak Experiences. “We’re beyond excited to introduce the next generation of indoor climbing to our friends and fellow climbers.”

Peak Experiences was founded in 1997 as a partnership with Passages Adventure Camp. Their original Midlothian location is one of the largest indoor rock climbing centers in the United States, and is staffed by a team of outdoor enthusiasts and dedicated climbers. Together with Passages, Peak Experiences engages thousands of children each summer in adventure sports in and along the James River.

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