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Houston Will Soon Be Home to One of the World's Biggest Indoor Climbing Gyms

Momentum opens its second Houston-area gym in November, and it's a beast.

By Katharine Shilcutt October 9, 2017

Every so often, a Newstonian posting to the Houston subreddit asks the most adorable questions, like: "Where can I find some good bouldering around here?" The answer is literally nowhere, unless you're into climbing fake rocks indoors. And if so, good news: Momentum Indoor Climbing Gym is opening its second location in the First Ward next month.

Momentum is already responsible for the city's largest indoor climbing gym, which it opened earlier this year in Katy as a partnership with REI. It joined other recent additions to Houston's indoor climbing scene, including Texas Rock Gym in Spring Branch and inSPIRE in Spring, but boasted a few extras: climbing programs for children and a full gym that offers yoga classes, kettlebells and barbells.

In November, the newest location of Momentum Indoor Climbing Gym will host a soft opening at its new Silver Street location in the First Ward. The week-long opening kicks off Friday, November 10 with gym tours, a "zero enrollment" membership sale, local art exhibits and—yes—climbing. Hours for the soft opening are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 10; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 11; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12; and noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 13–17. A special members-only climbing party will be held for Momentum Silver Street and Katy members on Nov. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m.

At 40,000 square feet, Momentum Silver Street is claiming that this new location is one of the largest climbing gyms in the entire world. It's a claim that's often made by other indoor climbing facilities, but which appears to be true in this case.

Vertical Endeavors in Glendale Heights, a Chicago suburb, is also roughly 40,000 square feet, and is often cited as the largest in the U.S. Meanwhile in Munich, the Kletter- und Boulderzentrum München-Süd (good grief, Germany) is often called the largest in the world, though it has just under 10,000 square feet of indoor climbing space—the rest is outdoors, and is only 35,000 square feet in total.

We know the old saying—"Everything is bigger in Texas"—but with this news, we're starting to think Houston should co-opt that phrase entirely for itself.

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