Center 45 Bouldering and Fitness Center Grand Opening Features Steady Turnout

Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm

By Troy Brooks

Boone’s first public indoor-climbing gym, Center 45, opened its doors for the first time last Wednesday thanks to the support of the high country climbing community. This past weekCenter 45 has had a great turnout as outdoor enthusiasts came from all parts of Watauga County to try out the center’s indoor climbing wall and the other equipment the facility offers.

“It’s only been a few days and we already have a steady stream of visitors,” said Lindsay Carroll, wellness manager of Center 45. “It’s a great time of the year for rock climbing and it’s good to see people showing interest in the facility already.”

Center 45 is an indoor bouldering gym located at 200 Den Mac Dr. in Boone that provides indoor rock climbing and bouldering sets for people to practice on.Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that takes place on boulders and rock formations that usually measure 10 to 30 feet tall. Unlike other forms of rock climbing, bouldering does not use ropes and gear to project or aid the climber.

The center features a 2,000-square-foot wall that is 14 feet tall and 80 feet long. An 80-foot-long mat stretches out along the floor of the climbing wall to catch anyone who falls off the wall. The gym features climbs that are ideal for all skill levels. Center 45 also features a workout corner with weights and a rope climb.

“There has been a need and a want for an indoor climbing and training facility in Boone for a long time,” said Aaron Parlier, General Manager of Center 45. “Boone is one of the best places in the southeast for bouldering, so the community is ideal for an indoor gym. All of our partners here are very passionate about the program.”

The program originally ran a Kickstarter project four months ago to raise funding for the gym. While the Kickstarter did not reach its goal, the energy of the community raised awareness of the  program and brought about the investments and support needed to fund the facility. A second program was started on a couple of months ago and was more geared towards obtaining the gym’s equipment. The program was successful, raising $10,070 for the facility in about a month from 102 investors.

“Our goal is to have a centralized rock climber and fitness community to create a hub in the High Country for those days that are not picture perfect for bouldering,” said Parlier. “We want to give the High Country a place where rock climbers and yoga enthusiasts can get together and train.”

The center also features a yoga room for classes designed to give members better flexibility while they’re on the wall. These classes will begin on Oct. 1 and will be taught by two instructors as well as guest teachers for special classes.

Day passes for Center 45 cost $14 for regulars and $12 for youth, veterans, police, firemen and K-12 educators (necessary identification required).

Center 45 also sells monthly membership passes for $69/month and yearly membership passes for $529/year for regulars and $499/year for youth twelve and under. Yoga classes will cost $12 for attendees and $10 for Appalachian students.The Center is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on Center 45, visit or call 828-386-1550 or email [email protected].

Wellness Manager Lindsay Carroll and General Manager  Aaron Parlier.

Wellness Manager Lindsay Carroll and General Manager Aaron Parlier.


Center 45’s main boulder climbing wall is 80 feet long and 20 feet high. The floor is covered by a huge mat for catching anybody who loses their grip.


One of Center 45’s new attendees scales the wall.



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