Karma prevailed as Purdy Fun Climbing and the Warehouse Rock gym have elected to merge the two companies, capitalizing on the strengths of each other to build a new facility for current and future members. The New facility, designed and built by Vertical World’s Elevate Climbing of Seattle, is set to open this fall.
For nearly four years, Mike Boyer, founder and president of the Purdy Fun Climbing Corporation, has been planning to build a state of the art, indoor climbing facility in the South Sound. Years of research on the industry, best practices, and the latest design trends will allow Boyer to break ground on the new facility this spring.
For more than ten years, The Warehouse Rock Gym, LLC, provided indoor climbing opportunities for South Sound enthusiasts, and built up a climbing community at its facility in downtown Olympia. Being so successful, the overcrowded gym vitally needed to expand.
Then karma prevailed as the two companies realized something significant. Collaboration is better than competition. Electing to merge and unite, the two companies will capitalize on the strengths of each other to build a new facility for current and future members.
This new facility will be three times larger, with double the height climbing walls, a dedicated bouldering area, and ample parking, and will be built in a brand new building designed just to house the Warehouse Rock Gym. PHC Construction of Bainbridge Island will build the facility. Vertical World’s Elevate Climbing of Seattle will design and build the climbing walls. So the new gym will have a Vertical World look to it.
Opening FALL 2015, the new facility will be located in the Hogum Bay Business Park in Hawk’s Prairie. It will feature:
- More than 10,000 ft2 of climbing, about 2/3 roped climbing and 1/3 bouldering.
- Lead climbing up to 50 ft.
- Space for cardio equipment and other programs, such as yoga
- Advanced climbing instruction
- Leadership development courses for the business community
Says Company President Mike Boyer about the collaboration, “My wife and I were hiking and bouldering with our dogs in Bishop, California, when we decided to build a climbing gym. Since the best boulderer in our group turned out to be our fun loving dog, “Purdy”, we named the company, Purdy Fun Climbing. As our plans evolved, we decided merging the companies to focus on building a single climbing gym would best serve the community.”
The current staff will stay with the gym, and director Esteban Pinto will continue managing day to day operations. The corporation’s president, Mike Boyer, will oversee all operations, and members of the original Warehouse Rock Gym will serve as board members of the corporation. Joe Hyer, of Percival Consulting Group, original founder of the Warehouse Rock Gym, has also been retained to support and advise the new operation as it develops.
The newly combined business will continue to operate out of the current gym space at 315 Jefferson Street, in downtown Olympia. The new facility will be located at 8276 28th Ct. NE in Lacey, WA.