John Tarkington, co-owner of Threshold Climbing + Fitness & Yoga, admits he is a bit of an adrenaline junkie.
Tarkington gets that rush by climbing, a passion he’s had for nearly a dozen years.
In 2017, he’s sharing his love for the sport by offering climbing enthusiasts in the Oklahoma City area a custom-made facility that offers various types of climbing challenges.
Threshold opened in April, about 15 months after construction began on what must be one of the tallest single-story buildings in town.
The 20,000-square-foot building at 6024 Westlake Memorial Parkway in Oklahoma City offers about 18,000 square feet of climbing area inside.
Threshold also includes a yoga studio, a small fitness center and a community room where certified instructors give lessons to first-time climbers.
The community room also is used for other types of events, including birthday parties and team-building exercises.
Tarkington, who co-owns Threshold with Bill Mathis, said he’d dreamed of opening a first-class facility for years.
“I’ve been a climber for 11 years. From the first time I tried it, I just fell in love with the sport. I have been doing it ever since, five or six days a week,” he said.
Before starting this project, Tarkington said he spent a number of years working for Mathis Brothers and had traveled a lot as part of that job.
“I always took my (climbing) shoes with me, and I have climbed other places around the U.S. and around the world, and got to climb in some pretty amazing facilities that we just didn’t have back home,” he said.
“So, I got the opportunity to open a first-class facility here.”
Boulder and rope climbing
Tarkington said Threshold’s climbing opportunities are about evenly divided between boulder and rope climbing.
The bouldering areas feature 16-foot-tall walls that have outcroppings climbers can scale without the need to use personal protective equipment, beyond wearing required climbing shoes. Thick…