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Joey from College Hill works his way up a bouldering problem. / Image: Chez Chesak // Published: 2.1.20

Climb Time Is Proof That Investing in Your Community Rocks

Patty Law, owner and president of Oakley’s new climbing gym, Climb Time, is slight of frame but shakes hands with a powerful, climber’s grip. She says, “Climbing, which really used to be this little niche sport, has just sort of exploded in the past 10 years. Millennials, in particular, are really into it. It’s just fulfilling, fun, and functional fitness.”

Law’s new gym opened in August 2019 and is often filled with a diverse array of people enjoying the sport. There are kids and families, millennials, and Gen Xers at all skill levels on display, from unsure novice to nonchalant expert.

Her first gym opened in Blue Ash in 2000, but she wanted a second location. She's always wanted to invest in her community, so she looked at opening a location in Oakley. She did her research and listened to her customers.

“Our clients were really asking for a more centralized facility,” she says. “Now we have many new clients, but also old ones that climb at both gyms. We’re also seeing a lot more families climbing together here now, too.”

Within the 12,000-square-foot facility, there are 45-foot climbing walls covered in some 15,000 holds. There are 30 top rope lanes (where a rope is already set at the top), 42 leadable lanes (where a more experienced, lead climber places their rope into protection as they ascend), and eight autobelay devices (mechanical devices that will arrest a climber without requiring a human climbing partner to do the belaying). There are also two bouldering areas where you can climb without the need for a rope, as you’re close enough to the ground to just drop onto the padded flooring below.

New climbers can take classes and rent equipment. The pro shop sells clothing, books, accessories and climbing gear. Members of the gym get a discount in the shop, as well as guest passes and access to free yoga classes, too.

The Ohio Climbers Coalition also has a women’s climbing group that meets there the third Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 PM. “The group is informal but a great networking opportunity for women and non-binary folk to meet other climbers,” says Kate Gille, one of the group’s leaders. “This gym has an excellent female climbing community who are kind, supportive, and friendly.”

There are family memberships as well as daily, monthly, and annual memberships for individuals and couples. Climb Time also accommodates parties and even overnights, as well as workshops for youth groups.

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Climb Time is located at 4460 Orkney Avenue (45209)