Jacksonville is known for its white sandy beaches, marshlands and palm trees. Consisting more or less of flatland located at or below sea level, it isn’t exactly considered a rock climber's paradise.
But now, thanks to The Edge Rock Gym, learning to climb isn’t such an impossibility.
The Edge Rock Gym’s 8,000-square-foot facility is located minutes from downtown Jacksonville in a business park setting. Don’t let the commercial facade fool you, though, because as soon as you enter the building, the landscape starts to change immediately.
Auto belay systems are in place to aid climbers who are just beginning or climbing without a belay partner — Photo courtesy of Amy West
Downtempo beats permeate the air, creating a relaxed ambiance that helps you keep a steady head as you scale the heights of The Edge’s 30-foot walls.
In the main room, a kaleidoscope of color leaps off the floor-to-ceiling rock face, where technical difficulty ranges from 5.5 (beginner) to 5.13 (expert).
The Edge Rock Gym offers 8,000 square feet of vertical fun — Photo courtesy of Amy West
Through the years, The Edge Rock Gym has continued to evolve, offering something for beginners and pros alike. Top roping, lead climbing and bouldering are all offered, as well as several walls with auto belay systems for beginners or those climbing without a partner.
Quality routes are developed by nationally certified route setters, creating a variety of courses for all levels of climbers and offering a challenge for those looking to up their game.
The Edge's bouldering wall offers a great challenge for free climbers — Photo courtesy of Amy West
For those looking for a unique group event, consider the gym for your next birthday party, youth group event or date night. Group packages are available, and instructors are trained to help novices conquer their nerves and enjoy their experience.
There's even a ladies' night, with special rates for you and your best gal pals. Group fitness classes are also a great resource provided for strengthening, conditioning and improving your climbing prowess, including Yoga, Basic Movement and Technique and Lead Climbing classes.
Have a little climber in training? Get them involved in The Edge’s youth climbing team or club, and watch their skills develop.
The Edge Rock Gym caters to climbers of all skill levels — Photo courtesy of Amy West
The idea behind The Edge Rock Gym is to create a place where aspiring rock climbers and experienced enthusiasts can come together and pursue their passion, no matter what level of skill. The support and encouragement from the well-trained staff create a non-intimidating environment where there's no fear of judgement.
Regulars are friendly and happy to encourage new-comers, and new climbers are celebrated as each goal is met.
Whether you’re overcoming a fear, checking an adventure off your bucket list or pursuing a lifetime passion, rock climbing might just change your life, as it has done for so many others.
Visit The Edge Rock Gym for a thrilling experience of conquering challenges and taking your goals to new heights.
Route difficulties range from 5.5 (beginner) to 5.13 (expert) — Photo courtesy of Amy West