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bergbryce

Mountain climber
Oakland
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 26, 2011 - 07:16pm PT
Yeah, yeah gyms are stupid and stuff...
But, is there a place to quell this weird desire I have for pulling on plastic during the winter months in South Lake Tahoe?
When the snow returns (it will!) where do folks in south tahoe get workouts? Finger board? Woody?
I found something about a gym just west of the Y. Went by 3 or 4 times, place was dark and quiet.
Thx
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jan 26, 2011 - 07:43pm PT
Bryce, the only one that appears is Gad Gym

867 Eloise Ave #B
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
(916) 544-7314

and on Google Earth the place looks pretty short, pretty tiny. It is not clear if it is open. There are gyms in North shore and Truckee.

weschrist

Gym climber
left sac
Jan 26, 2011 - 07:50pm PT
It ain't there... hasn't been for a long time.

The only commercial gym, High Altitude Fitness, is 45 min north in Incline Village. For us it usually turns into a 6 hour commitment to drive up there, climb, eat, and get back. 6 hours kinda sucks when only 3 are spent climbing... and on plastic...

I've been talking to some folks... seems like everyone I meet here wants one, but nobody wants to run/own one. I know more than a few people who make the trip to High Altitude every week or so.
bergbryce

Mountain climber
Oakland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 26, 2011 - 07:56pm PT
That's the place I've been by a few times.
I've been to the gym in Incline. It's got these self belayer things that really kinda creeped me out the first time I got up to the top! But was a nice gym for that size of a community. Was hoping for something like that in South Lake.

Guess not. 6 hours round trip? Dang.
What happened to Gad? Not enough business? Was it a crappy gym??

My GF is looking for something challenging to do....??
Charlie B

Social climber
Santa Rosa, Ca
Jan 11, 2013 - 10:25am PT
Would a gym be needed in south lake? Would it do well? The idea has crossed my mind to open one, any ideas? Yay? Nah?
Footloose

Trad climber
Lake Tahoe
Jan 11, 2013 - 10:31am PT
High Altitude Fitness is a winter life saver.

It's got these self belayer things that really kinda creeped me out the first time I got up to the top!

The self-belay units are the best invention since sliced bread.

I go all the time, when you guys make it by, say hello!
barry ohm

Trad climber
escondido, ca
Jan 11, 2013 - 10:34am PT
There is a crossfit gym that has a top rope wall and push fitness has a ok boldering area,cheera
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 11, 2013 - 12:20pm PT
High Altitude is by far the best climbing gym in Tahoe, but it is 45 min from my house. That means I'm spending 1.5 hours in my car for a 3 hour workout... and when it is all said and done it requires a 5 hour chunk of my day. Good folks and a nice facility.

The Crossfit gym's wall looks small and ~ vertical. I can't imagine actually doing a session on it.

PUSH built a climbing section in their weight gym. It is actually an okay size but bouldering only. I can go in there and do 30-50 boulder problems without getting too bored. It was sold, the new owner was in some kind of legal trouble, and the whole place is kind of in limbo (last I heard). Their prices were all over the board... from $5 a visit to $30 a visit to monthly memberships only, depending on who was working the desk apparently. The old owner was banning chalk because it made his equipment look dull. They had no ventilation system. They probably have that all worked out now... or it could be up for sale again... don't know.



The best option I could come up with was to build a 12'x10' woody in my garage.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Jan 11, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
I just did the drive time estimates, and it's as quick to go from Reno to High Altitude as it is from SLT. I don't know why, but that is sort of funny.

It's almost tempting, even though I live in Reno and am already close to a, ahem, gym.
bergbryce

Mountain climber
California
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 11, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
wow, blast from the past.
I actually have a free 30 day pass to the bouldering area at Push right now.
It's ok, but I'm not finding myself hitting it all that much.
I used to use the CrossFit gym wall to warm up before workouts, but there is snow this winter so CF has fallen off the radar some. That wall has an auto belay device but is short. You can do traverses there to get a burn but it would probably get pretty old quick. I get the feeling both places suffer a bit from irregular route setting, but I could be wrong.

Fortuntely there are places that allow for winter climbing/bouldering if it ever dries out. So far it's been a skiers winter which isn't bad for most up here.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 11, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
Pimp Juice was in excellent condition last week. Warmed up in the garage and fell off just over the lip. Next time for sure.



Drop me a line if you ever want to head over for a session on our wall: 32 degrees, 10x12, pretty much symmetrical so you do the same problem L as you do R and avoid favoring your strong side. Good training. I built it and I'm guessing it wouldn't fall down... although I could be wrong.
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