Cliff Hangers goes vertical

This Mooresville climbing facility is going vertical

By  –  Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal
Cliff Hangers is going vertical — literally.

The indoor rock-climbing facility topped out its Mooresville building on Tuesday. The goal is to open that location at 326 Oates Road by August, says Keith Johnson.

He and brother Kris — both avid rock climbers — are managing partners in the venture.

“We were both looking for the next step to take in our lives,” Kris says.

Cliff Hangers will be the first indoor rock-climbing facility in the Lake Norman area. It will offer more than 20,000 square feet of climbing terrain.

“The industry is really booming right now. It’s a good business to pursue,” says Keith.

The three-story building’s design includes 50-foot climbing walls, for rope and lead climbing and repelling, as well as an outdoor climbing wall. It also incorporates a 15-meter speed wall and kids climbing area — complete with an attached space for parties.

“We’ve incorporated things we didn’t see at other gyms,” Kris says.

RockWerx is the manufacturer of the climbing walls, which will be composite faux rock.

That facility also will offer a workout area with a yoga studio.

A bar, cafe and lounge area complete with fireplace will provide a space for people to gather, or hang out while waiting.

“We wanted this to be a place where families could come,” he says.

Cliff Hangers will host climbing leagues and competitive events as well as birthday parties, team-building exercises and community events.