318 Climb makes Shreveport debut with new name, vision

318 Climb, a local indoor rock climbing gym in Shreveport, La., is introducing itself with a new name and a new vision – to take the sport of indoor rock climbing to new heights. 

Formerly known as G-Rock Climbing, the gym, now under new owners, Sarah and Casey Rose, is seeking to cater to the growing interest in the sport, which has until recently, been primarily been limited to geographic regions known more for outdoor climbing. 

“The level of interest we’ve seen – and commitment from some of our members who are serious amateur competitors – shows that even despite living in a place without mountains or high altitude, there is a real passion for climbing in the Ark-La-Tex region,” said Sarah Rose, co-owner. “Our mission is to support this growing community – meet climbers wherever they are at in their interest and skill level – and inspire more adventurists, gym goers and student athletes to give climbing a try.” 

To support this new mission, the Roses have undertaken a strategy that began with listening to the gym’s regular members – to better understand the needs of both novice and experienced climbers. Based on their feedback, the gym has started making updates and offering new programs for climbers. Members have already seen improvements to equipment, attention to safety, and the overall facility space. New programs include a regular climbing league, open to all levels of climbers 16 years or older, to give members an opportunity to connect and challenge themselves on a weekly basis. 

With a growing interest in youth sports, the gym has also started a climbing team for our younger members. Student athletes ages 8-18 learn the fundamentals of climbing and grow their skill in the sport and are working towards competing in local and reginal competitions starting in 2022. Team captain, Jacob Cristler, also competes as part of Team Texas and in USAC competitions. 

With new membership offerings including specials for students, military, and families, the goal is to connect with the community, including those at Barksdale AFB, LSUS, and the other local colleges. They know the passion for rock climbing is one that can grow with someone throughout their life. Many of the new staff started out as members and are now guiding the next generation of rock climbing enthusiasts. The Roses are proud of the staff they have assembled whose professionalism carries over with their experience, and love of the sport to the benefit of members. 

“We’re excited to introduce more people in the SBC to this sport” said Grey Rogers, who recently completed her Climbing Wall Instructor certification through the American Mountain Guide Association. 

“Rock climbing can look really intimidating and scary, but there are lots of ways for folks to safely reach the top of the wall, regardless of skill level, and have fun doing it.” 

318 Climb has options for those who want to experience climbing for a day, multiple visits – or regularly through a monthly or yearly membership. The gym is located off Line Avenue close to Hwy 3132. For more information, visit www.318climb.com

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