Rockin’ a bigger gym

By Rob Kerr • The Bulletin

If you go

What: Grand opening, with open climbing, aerial silks, slide show, raffle, appetizers and beverages

When: Tonight, 7-10 p.m.

Where: Bend Rock Gym, 1182 S.E. Centennial Court, just off Reed Market Road

Bend Rock Gym on the city’s east side has gotten bigger and better with the addition of a second space for indoor climbing. Overhangs, off-angle, top-rope and bouldering problems are all part of the fun at the 20,000-square-foot facility. A specialized speed-climbing wall also has been included, so the gym can host competitions.

Rob Kerr / The Bulletin With freshly chalked fingers, climber Blake Hawkins starts on a bouldering route, engaging his strength to move up the wall.
Rob Kerr / The Bulletin With his hands taped and chalked, Morse leads a climb on one of three rock-crack features in the new gym.
ORIG / Rob Kerr / The Bulletin The hands of climber Joel Morse show a protective tape job he needed for climbing a rock crack feature. "My hands were shredded yesterday." he said about the technique that uses the backs of the hands to hold body weight.
Rob Kerr / The Bulletin Exhausted after falling from a bouldering route he nearly completed, Henry Mosier flops onto the protective mat as his friend Anders Hatlestad chalks his hands in anticipation of giving it a try himself.