CLARIFICATION: Feb. 15 is the planned date of Progression Climbing’s soft opening, but that date could change.
For junior John Cuningham bouldering isn’t just a hobby — it’s a passion.
Cuningham frequents the climbing wall at Fetzer Gym on campus, so he said he’s excited about Chapel Hill’s only private bouldering gym opening later this month.
“Bouldering has physical and mental aspects. It’s like solving a problem while using physicality,” Cuningham said before he rushed back to his spot on the rock climbing wall at Fetzer Gym.
Progression Climbing, which will be located on Legion Road, is planning a soft opening Feb. 15, though that date could change.
The gym focuses on bouldering, a style of rock climbing that does not require ropes or harnesses. Instead, at the bottom of the 16-foot climbing wall there is a large mat called a crash pad that catches falling climbers.
Progression Climbing will offer many options for patrons, ranging from lessons for beginners to competitive teams for both youth and adults.
A UNC student will also run the gym’s after-school program. The gym will offer other kid-friendly options such as birthday parties and overnight lock-ins.
Jeff Dunbar, one of the gym’s founders, said he wants to attract everyone from parents with kids to college students to avid climbers.