Pacific Edge celebrates 20 years of indoor climbing

September 23, 2013

Seabright’s own Pacific Edge is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The indoor rock climbing gym opened back in the 90s, and at the time, it was one of the biggest facilities of its kind.

Jennifer Pittman has the story for the Santa Cruz Sentinel: 

 The Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, one of the first indoor climbing gyms in the country, is celebrating 20 years of belaying up 50-foot walls, bouldering craggy caves and navigating a surge of enthusiasm for the indoor phenomenon.

“I always wanted to make a living as a climber,” said Tom Davis, 51, who visited the few climbing gyms in existence back in the ’90s before designing what would then be one of the biggest indoor climbing gyms in the world. “It was a really big risk for a town this size.”

Back then, indoor climbing was still an uncertain predilection for climbers accustomed to rappelling from more scenic venues such as Castle Rock or Yosemite. Experienced climbers sometimes created their own plywood training walls with wooden hand grips known as “woodies” but the indoor walls with adjustable plastic hand holds were still emerging.

Within months, however, the gym had several hundred  members and novices were being trained on safety techniques. 

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