It’s a climbing gym at its heart, and inside the northwest Steamboat Springs location, tall grey and blue walls primed to be filled in with climbing holds dominate, pushing up 22 feet into the rafters.
The plans for Justin Dillie, owner of Love Climbing Adventures, don’t stop with those walls, however.
Construction of much more was underway Sunday as Dillie gave a tour. There’s a room in back that will serve as a more traditional gym, he said, with weights. Another space upstairs would be home to stationary bikes. There’s room out front for a small retail operation set to feature not only climbing gear, but also local products of all sorts, Dillie said. There’s a wide-open lobby with a spot for a smoothie bar — lower on the finishing priority list, he said, but on it nonetheless — and a nearly complete yoga studio above that. There’s even another expansive separate office for which plans are currently less firm.
Dillie’s hard at work building what he hopes will become a new fitness focal point for tourists and locals alike in Steamboat Springs.
He said he’s close, too. The shop will play host to a Steamboat Springs Colorado Chamber Resort Association ribbon cutting and will use the opportunity for an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. July 31 at the gym, located at 2673 Jacobs Circle, just off Elk River Road and Downhill Drive.
It’ll still take some imagination for Monday’s visitors to envision the final product. Sawdust lingers on the floor, and ladders lean against walls — they’re not a part of the “climbing.”
“It’ll all come together quickly,” Dillie said, surveying the work ahead.
He’s aiming for a true opening Aug. 11.
It’s been a long — ahem — climb for him to get this close to opening, about 18 months since he started moving toward a climbing gym in Steamboat.
The initial plan was to put it downtown, on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Ninth Street. He had hoped a deal there was in the works, but said he could never quite reach an official…