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New Sunshine Coast bouldering gym welcomes all levels of climbers

New Sunshine Coast bouldering gym welcomes all levels of climbers
March 18, 2021

The recently opened The Flow bouldering gym at Forest Glen on the Sunshine Coast is already welcoming a range of users - from adventurous climbers to first timers.

Developed and built over the past three years, General Manager James Hembury and his partner and Operations Manager Angel Freeman developed the facility having climbed and worked in gyms all over the world.

Hembury told local media “we wanted to bring what we found in various places around the world to the Sunshine Coast and that’s why we’ve made Flow.”

Advising that people of all ages and all skill levels were welcome as there was something for everyone, Hembury added “there are over 50 problems to suit all abilities, from highly experienced climbers to first-timers.

“Every angle and every feature has been checked carefully to give climbing space with the best holds available and are regularly updated by an experienced team of route setters.

“Our unique walls and experienced climbing coaches can help everyone climb better and upskill faster.”

Hembury said climbing incorporated a mental and physical challenge and that was no different inside the flow building, adding “each problem and every route you see on the wall is crafted so it requires you to figure out the problem, to solve it mentally and then to use your body to actually get through the route

“Ultimately we’re trying to make a space and a vibe where people can come and hang out regardless of whether or not they climb.

“Right now, it feels as if everybody involved knows somebody that climbs so where hoping to bring everyone together to make a proper climbing community.”

Commenting on how the project came together, Silvia Febres Head of Design for installer ICP, explained “the inspiration for Flow originally came from a bamboo farm - rows of bamboo flowing across a field, with shoots popping up out of nowhere.

“It was a real pleasure having a larger space to develop the project. It allowed us to use ICP’s high-quality walls and boulder matting to their full potential by building grand, flowing angles. It also gives more room for socialising, chilling out, and a yoga area.

“The daylight streaming in through skylights in the roof was also a big plus. It helps to make it feel lighter and brighter inside, giving the indoor environment a natural connection with the outdoors while really showing off the space.”

Across its 1,000 metre² space, The Flow also holds fitness and assessment classes and is family and pet friendly.

The Flow was equipped by Brisbane-based climbing facility supplier ICP.

For more information on ICP, click here to view their entry and contact details in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory. 

Images courtesy of The Flow.

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