Momentum Climbing: SLC's Newest, Largest Climbing Gym

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Momentum Millcreek is the newest, largest and most comprehensive indoor climbing gym in Utah. Located on 3173 East 3300 South in the Canyon Rim shopping area near IME and REI, this behemoth of a climbing gym boasts 25,000 square-feet of climbing terrain for all ages and abilities.

Not only does the new Momentum have incredible climbing walls that were designed with the help of local legends and climbing phenomenon Chris Sharma, but it also has a training deck that features cardio equipment, free weights and other equipment for strength training.

Climbing features of the gym include 50-foot overhanging climbing walls, a vast array of top rope climbs and lead climbs, crack climbing as well as an 18-foot bouldering wall. There are locker rooms and showers, so you can do some training before going into work or right after, and child care is available. There are Youth programs for youngsters wanting to refine their climbing skills.


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Momentum co-owner, Jeff Pedersen, designed the rope-climbing walls with Chris Sharma. “Chris is arguably the best climber in history,” Pedersen said. “He brings a very intuitive sense of what quality climbing really is to our design.” Sharma was at the opening ceremony for Momentum Millcreek and was seen mingling with members of the gym during the “Members Only” climbing day held the day before the facility opened to the public. You can guarantee that Sharma will make occasional visits to the facility when he passes through Utah for an Outdoor Retailer show or some other project he may have a hand in.

There is a very unique climbing training area that will help you take your climbing to the next level with the adjustable system wall, 30-foot long training beam and a variety of finger boards. While you practice your climbing skills on the walls, this particular training area will help you hone in on building your finger strength, endurance, and also focus on particular areas whether it’s your forearm strength, upper body strength, or being able to hold a crimper during a climb you’re trying to send. As any climber knows, finger training is extremely vital if a climber wants to improve their climbing skills. And as for endurance, this is where you can train your body to endure through the longer, harder multi-pitch climbs.

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Climbing school courses are also offered to those who are just getting started in climbing or who want to improve their technique. Programs include: Explore Climbing where the climber experiences top rope climbing and bouldering; Lead Climbing takes the climber who is comfortable up to a 5.10 rating to the next level by “going live” and leading routes for others to follow on top rope; Crack Climbing classes will help climbers get hands and feet working correctly in the cracks, and there are a few more programs available from personal coaching, rappelling, and outdoor courses.

The outdoor climbing courses are for those ready to take their learned skills from the climbing gym to the real rock outside. Momentum contracted with some of Utah’s most experienced and well-qualified guides with Red River Adventures. From Salt Lake City to St. George and Moab, depending on whether you want to sport, lead or trad climb will determine what class you’ll join.

Utah is chock full of different types of climbing along with different types of rock such as limestone, quartzite and sandstone. Momentum Millcreek has combined some of the best features from Utah’s crags for climbers to practice on in their gym. “Our goal is to provide Utah climbers the same sort of options the outdoor canyons do,” said Pederson.

All climbers must have a current Release of Liability Form in order to enter the climbing areas. Waivers are available online.

A membership to Momentum Millcreek is also good for the Sandy Momentum climbing gym. There are a few different options on becoming a member to Momentum Climbing Gym. See options for memberships.

Momentum Millcreek climbing gym is an excellent way of keeping yourself in top climbing shape during the year. It’s open year-round so you can train at any time and focus on sending that overhanging route you’ve been trying to conquer or strength train for endurance on a long, arduous climb.

Seasonality: Year Round

Hours: Mon-Thur: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday: 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Best time to go: Early mornings, summer time

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Fees/Membership: Yes

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