This one focal point in our business plan is what we feel truly sets us apart. We wanted to create an open and airy space, full of natural light. Due to the warm Summer months, air conditioning was a necessity. Cleanliness of the overall facility and of the bathroom and member areas were to be a priority, as well as the maintenance of that cleanliness on an ongoing basis. A high-quality sound system to provide the background music we all draw energy from, and adequate lighting to allow us all to see what we're climbing were also foundational requirements.
As important as all of these infrastructure tenets though, was a desire to create an atmosphere of support and encouragement; a place where everyone would feel the sense of community and belonging that makes climbing such a wonderful pursuit. We sincerely hope that you all notice and benefit from these focuses when visiting The Factory.
While its certainly possible to improve your climbing on terrain of just about any type or quality, we really wanted to create terrain that was conducive to training and improving. We dedicated ourselves to finding a space large enough to allow for the installation of climbing structures that would focus on all of the major climbing terrain angles.
We also opted to design our Phase One structures to offer large spans of constant angles to expose and strengthen any potential terrain weaknesses in a given climber's abilities. Our Phase Two installation further expanded on the first terrain offerings and provided transitional and bulging terrain to supplement those structures already installed.
Phase Three opened our fitness area up for additional equipment and space and doubled the size of our slab and gently overhanging wall terrain, and our latest addition in Phase Four added a massive near horizontal roof section to complete the many angles and styles of walls we have here at the Factory.
Who knows, there may even be a Phase Five expansion in the future…
We will constantly strive to offer our climbers the best problems we can. The best of the local route setters will be involved with our setting efforts and we commit to always offering a diverse and challenging set of problems, regardless of your ability level. We have also opted to set our boulder problems by hold color, instead of using tape or other marking systems. In our opinion, this offers the cleanest visual presentation and is the easiest to use when trying to follow your intended sequence of hand and foot holds up the structures.
While we acknowledge that some people will have challenges due to color-blindness and other vision issues, we have made an attempt to standardize the colors of our holds and to keep from setting similar colors next to each other. It's our hope that this will allow those climbers to follow the individual colors by shade and tone if needed.
While it's difficult to accurately rate boulder problems in a way that they will directly correlate to outdoor boulder problems, we have made every effort to ensure that the ratings within our facility will remain consistent with other problems found in The Factory primarily, and somewhat consistent with regional outdoor bouldering areas as a secondary consideration. Our problems may seem slightly more challenging than those found at other regional climbing gyms, but we do it in an effort to better prepare you for the many amazing outdoor climbing resources we enjoy locally.
Our staff members have been hired because we feel that they will support and contribute to the positive, supportive and welcoming environment that we are trying to create. They are all climbers, but their climbing abilities and experiences mattered far less than other attributes when they were added to our team. It's our sincere hope that they enrich your experience at The Factory and help you to feel a part of our extended family.
One of the greatest benefits of being climbers is the wonderful community that we are all a part of. At The Factory, we strive to create our own community within that greater community of climbers. We hope that you will always feel that you are an important, vital and welcome part of The Factory Family. If you have suggestions or criticisms regarding our facility or the way we do business, we encourage you to share them with us. Together we can all create a better environment and community within the gym and beyond.