What is a Co-Op?
Cooperatives are businesses owned by their consumers and managed democratically, with the sole purpose of providing a service to their membership. For our purposes, the co-op format means that our climbing center can be more affordable and more in our small community than a large commercial gym. Members will have a stake in the direction and decisions of the Cooperative at annual meetings, they will also share the responsibility of cleanliness, safety, and function of the facility.
Board Of Directors
- Chelsea Kendrick
- Jimmy Baxendell-Young
- Fabio Gutierrez
- Alexa Siegel
- Lisa Matthews
- Brady Callahan
- Robin Whatley
- Mickey Hardt
In the Spring of 2017 we collected survey responses from 141 climbers of the Mount Washington Valley. Based on the feedback we received from the climbing community, our aim is to open a small, affordable indoor climbing center with bouldering walls and training equipment. The space will be about 2000 square feet, featuring 1200 square feet of walls at varying angles to accommodate a range of difficulty levels and also optimized for training purposes. The initial goal is to get the doors open and provide a basic climbing and training facility in 2019. We hope to develop programming, advanced training systems, yoga classes etc. in the future. Stay tuned for more details about the facility and the project here & on our Facebook page.
In order to meet our goals we have been drawing on the various strengths and skills of community members and deeply appreciate the support and effort put in so far. We will need even more help as we begin the build out stages of the project, with fundraising, and development. Please reach out if you have a specific skill or talent to contribute. It will truly take a community effort to make this dream a reality.
Membership Fees and Responsibilities
Once the facility opens the following will be available:
- A lifetime membership means that you own a small piece of the climbing co-op. This means that you have the opportunity to participate in the annual meetings and help shape the direction of the business with your vote. It also means that you assume partial responsibility for ensuring the upkeep and respect of the facility.
- Once a member, you will be able to purchase day, six-month, or annual passes to the facility and you will have 24 hour access.