Canmore is one of Canada’s top climbing towns, with world-class ice, alpine and sport routes spread across dozens of ranges. Over 20 years ago, The V’sion bouldering gym opened thanks to climber and owner Dung Nguyen’s vision of having a core training facility. The V’sion closed a decade ago when Elevation Place climbing gym opened. A bouldering gym co-op started at the same time with some of The V’sion’s old walls and pads. That co-op closed and reopend in a new location, which closed earlier this year.
This winter, Sonnie Trotter, teamed up with Nick Rochacewich, Bart Urbanski and a few other local climbers to open the Canmore Climbing Gym (CCG). The new facility is close to Vertical Addiction, Canmore’s climb and ski shop. The panels are be 12 feet wide, will be flat and will be divided into five sections: zero degrees, 10, 20, 30 and 45. The gym is a much-needed space, as Elevation Place only fits around 60 people in non-pandemic times.
The gym will be closed until at least March 8 due to covid, but there’s no better time to support CCG by purchasing a membership now. Anyone who buys on or before Feb. 28 will receive 13 months for the price of 12. The CCG will be the go-to training facility in the Bow Valley for climbing.
In November, we spoke to Matt Languay about what it’s been like to open a climbing gym in Toronto during the pandemic – read more about it here.