We finally feel like we are open.
Although we let the first climbers in back on November 30, it only just now feels like we've moved beyond thrashing to get things up and running.
It was a big transition for us moving into a space with so much to offer climbers and so much for us to do. We had to hire more people to help us run Crag X. We had to really focus on figuring out together where we would draw the line on safety for lead climbing. When you're trying to figure out what 'the rules' are going to be you realize that there is a wide opinion about what is acceptable, what is best practice and even what is dangerous. We think we've got it now. Next steps is broadening what we teach to help climbers make the transition to the outdoors.
Lots has been added to what we can offer too. Not only were we able to welcome back lead climbing to Crag X (last seen in the 90s!) we have added auto-belays (and removed them, and sent them back, and put them back up again) and stand-alone no-interfereing-with-climbing bouldering too. And a water fountain! (Seriously, you have no idea how much we hated putting plastic bottles into the world.) Perhaps the biggest change from John Street is the studio. Finally a place to do all the stretching and working out that we all had to do in the nooks and crannies of the old gym. There's more to come in that space, with early morning workouts and stretching/yoga classes in our plans. It's a great place for talks (Island Lines-yay Sean!) too.
There is still more in the works - comps, courses, features, clinics and more. We'll let you know as we get closer. We're still finishing construction here and there. Our new goal for ourselves is to have a fully operational battle station by November 30, 2016.