By Natalia Hepworth/East Idaho News
AMMON â New state-of-the-art, psychedelic cliffs are ready to be scaled at the largest climbing gym in the Gem state.
The Edge Climbing and Fitness at 2844 E. 14 N. in Ammon opened Jan. 17 and co-owner Jake Hartner says the community is ecstatic.
âWeâve actually had a really positive response from the community,â Jake says. âEveryone is loving it.â
The massive undertaking of constructing the largest climbing gym in Idaho wasnât an easy task. The gym was predesigned to have 17,000 square feet of climbing terrain.
Jake, along with his brother, Ammon, say they were anxious to begin building and offer the area something it was lacking.
âIf we were going to do it, we were going to do it right and we were going to make it great,â Ammon told EastIdahoNews.com in June.
Jake says theyâve worked hard at making the gym a family friendly place. He says thereâs something to do for everyone at any level of climbing.
âWeâve really put a lot of effort into making routes for everyone here. Whether youâre brand new to the sport, or whether youâre a seasoned pro, thereâs something for everyone here,â Jake says.
The main walls of the gym stretch nearly 50 feet high. Walls for bouldering, or climbing without ropes on a shorter range, are 14 feet high.
Jake says facilities typically mark routes with tape but at The Edge, vibrant climbing holds show the way up the walls.
âWe have colored handholds that direct you as you go, and we have professional routesetters that regularly change out the routes,â Jake says.
Jake says the gym will soon offer classes, summer camps and will have a climbing team. He also said they will be installing exercise equipment.
âYou donât have to have two memberships to get your full exercise,â Jake says.
Climbers can purchase a day pass, sign up for a membership, or utilize The Edge party room for get-togethers.
Current hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Upon full completion, the gym will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Find The Edge online at its website, or Facebook page. The phone number is 208-552-7625(ROCK).