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Saturday: 9am-10pm 
Sunday: 12pm-10pm 

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Nashville, TN, 37209
United States

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Climb Nashville is the south’s destination for indoor climbing. Friendly and experienced staff can teach you how to climb safely and help you share an adventure with your family and friends that they’ll never forget.


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The Climb Nashville blog is a recourse for the local climbing community of Nashville.  

Trail Day - Denny Cove

Eric Steltenpohl

Soon after last fall's awesome partnership day with Access Funds Conservation Team at Foster Falls, we set up another for this spring at Denny Cove. A group of climbers, including some returners, came out for half-a-day of trail work and half-a-day of free guided climbing with our AMGA certified instructors.

The Access Fund Conservation team is planning some more staging area improvements with Southeastern Climbers Coalition and other local partners this summer, so stay tuned by following them on their facebook page! A huge thank you to the Conservation Team, the psyched climbers, and our awesome guides! We really appreciate everyone's hard work and hope the next one will be even bigger!


Starting March 24, Denny Cove will be open seven days a week!

During the Climb - Nutrition

Climb Nashville

As a former athlete and now a trainer and fitness instructor, exercise and fitness have always been a huge part of my life. From playing competitive sports to training for fitness challenges, leading an active physical lifestyle is just part of who I am...

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USAC Sport Local - Spring 2018

Eric Steltenpohl


All proceeds for photos go directly to the Nashvillains Booster Club!


Junior - Female

Noonan, Leslie Grace - 199.1

Karasinir, Irmak - 49.8

Thompson, Laurel Glynn - 49.8

Ray, Emily Lane - 24.9

Ferguson, Trinity - 0

Youth A - Female

Chinery, Adeline - 149.2

Veal, Lucy Mae - 99.6

Thompson, Rosemary - 99.5

Walton, Rachel Lee - 49.8

Youth B - Female

Judd, Olivia - 174.3

Smith, Reade - 124.5

Judd, Sydney - 99.6

Mcconnell, Katherine Bella - 99.6

Loden, Lyndsey Elizabeth - 99.5

Lehmann, EmmaGrace - 99.4

Camara, Kaela - 74.7

Rowe, Avalon MG - 74.7

Guest, Natalie Grace - 49.8

Bryant, Eleanor - 24.9

Catlett, Tessa - 0

Youth C - Female

Hall, Addison - 224.1

Harris, Ella Grace - 174.3

Maxfield, Adalyn - 149.4

Klanduch, Emelia Elysse - 124.5

Patel, Alexa M - 99.6

Patel, Mia M - 99.6

Reynolds, Avery - 99.6

Loden, Kaleigh Anne - 74.7

Rodgers, Gabbi - 74.7

Watts, Megan - 74.7

Bulbulkaya, Larkin H - 74.6

Carter, Bea - 49.8

Cruz, Isabella - 49.8

Gale, Julia - 49.8

Freiberg, Madeleine - 0

Funk, Adelaide - 0

McBryar, Ava - 0

Youth D - Female

Blackwell, Stella Bonner - 249

Eastman, Fiona Katherine - 149.4

Ilagan, Erin - 149.4

Lazarov, Presley Merritt - 124.5

Austin, Lily T - 99.6

Dunham, Sienna - 99.6

Jenkins, Harper Louise - 99.6

Laird, Cate - 99.6

Lind, Jillian Elise - 99.6

Bass, Sadie Mae - 74.7

Hamilton, Maren - 74.7

Maxfield, Ella - 74.7

Fowler, Charley Lane - 49.8

Haga, Emma - 49.8

Hunt, Lucy - 49.8

Ilagan, Audrey Ruth - 49.8

Maxfield, Katy Jane - 49.8

McCarver, Caroline - 49.8

Roberts, Bauer Ann - 49.8

Schneider, Jade Sydney - 24.9

Schneider, Diem Siena - 0

Junior - Male

Vannoy, Robert McGee - 174.2

Judd, Wesley - 74.7

Commodore, Gabriel Thomas - 49.8

Frank, Joey - 49.8

Jessup, Obadiah - 49.8

Parton, Brandon Rhea - 49.8

Youth A - Male

Hamilton, Mason Lloyd - 174.2

Brock, Holden John - 150.4

Carter, Gus James - 149.4

Rivadeneira, Nickolaie - 124.5

Fox, Evan (East) - 124.4

Woolf, Elijah - 124.4

Hoppe, Jacob Wingate (East) - 49.8

Miller, Evan Michael - 49.8

Allen, Andrew D - 24.9

Hunt, Asher Williams - 24.9

Loden, Jonathan T - 24.8

Lynch, Sam J - 24.7

Funk, Henry - 0

Youth B - Male

Briley, Sam - 224.1

Chinery, Spencer - 174.3

Rivadeneira torres, Paolo Gael - 149.5

Harry, Alex Jacob - 149.4

Eldridge, Sam - 124.5

Kelley, Sumner - 99.6

Hamilton, John Porter - 74.6

Singleton, Steven - 74.6

Bass, Nicolas Martin - 49.8

Taylor, Mark - 49.8

Van der Merwe, Dylan H - 49.8

Allen, Geoffrey M - 24.9

Gipson, Layne - 

Youth C - Male

Schaaf, Justus - 124.5

Uden, Whit - 99.6

Vannoy, William Haverkamp - 99.5

Camara, Mayer - 74.7

Blankenship, Finn - 49.8

Green, Tate - 49.8

Frazier, Jess T - 24.9

Thompson, Garren - 24.9

Youth D - Male

Hoyer, Hugo August - 298.8

Carter, Henry Joshua - 273.6

Rivadeneira, Andreas Luciano - 149.4

Von Gremp, Will Mackie - 149.4

Wilkinson, Luke Henry - 124.5

Foster, Brody - 99.6

Wengraf-simons, Cooper - 49.9

Glapion, Kellan (East) - 49.8

McEwen, Grant Ellis - 49.8

Morriss, James Whitfield (East) - 49.8

Purcell, Anakin Ray - 49.8

Rodgers, Beckett - 49.8

Schaaf, Lincoln - 49.8

Bliss, Oliver A - 49.5

Before the Climb - Nutrition

Climb Nashville

Fueling Properly Before Your Climb Can Make All of the Difference

How many times have you hit the gym mentally ready to go - you’ve been waiting to climb all day long - only to find that once you hit the wall… your performance is just not there. No matter how much you try and push yourself, you realize that you just don't have the energy and your body is tanked. 

When climbing, our bodies rely on the energy we have stored in our muscles. When we climb we use our arms - specifically our forearms - pretty heavily which seem to be the first to suffer from fatigue. Our forearms are in a state of contraction the majority of the climb, meaning they can’t receive the proper oxygen to produce energy (aerobic system). As a result, we have to rely on our anaerobic system, which helps out when oxygen is not available for muscle groups. The anaerobic system is not nearly as efficient as our aerobic system and it tanks quickly. 

Each of the energy systems making up the aerobic and/or anaerobic pathways rely on limited amounts of stored nutrients/substrates. When a substrate is about to be exhausted, performance will suffer. This is one of the reasons why climbing depends greatly on stored glycogen. When carbohydrate and fat reserves are low, body proteins can also be used, which can result in the loss of muscle mass. It’s important to always consider energy balance when training regularly. Adequate intakes of food, vitamins, and minerals are necessary to prevent energy depletion and protein losses.

What to do:

  1. Hydrate: It is important to drink water throughout your whole day, sip water once you are on your way to climb. Drinking too much water too close to time can hurt your performance.
  2. Eat Right: Having a balanced meal a few hours before you climb is important. Make your plate consist of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates. Because our muscles rely heavily on glycogen, carbohydrates are a must in your diet. There are three different carbohydrates to be aware of and choosing the right one is critical for performance.
    • Fiber-rich: These carbohydrates are high in fiber and can be eaten eat any time of the day, be sure to include them in your lunch or meal before climbing.
      • Examples: Vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach, carrots, cucumber, beets, and beans.
    • Whole food starchy: These carbohydrates are very starchy and take hours to digest, be sure to eat these 2-3 hours before a workout.
      • Examples: Sprouted or whole grain bread, pasta, corn, sweet potatoes, and quinoa.
    • Refined sugary: These carbohydrates are not ideal for a climb and should be eaten occasionally/rarely.
      • Examples: Desserts, processed foods, and sodas

If you need a snack before your climb, grab one of these options an hour before you start.

  • Nut butter with an apple or banana
  • Yogurt with a little granola
  • Homemade energy bites 

Why running? Why trails? Why ultras?

Climb Nashville

Every runner has a different story. A reason why they started running, sure, but, more importantly, a reason why they continue to run. Mine is nothing special, but I’ll give you the short and sweet. I didn’t discover running until graduate school. Simply enough, I was living in Louisiana, far from my New England roots, spending hours a day in a small room by myself. It was the nature of my program, and I knew what I was getting into. With no climbing nearby, I quickly realized that I needed to find a way to get outside, so I started running.


I trained for and completed my first half marathon right before graduating. The goal was just to finish, and I did exactly that. I sat on the couch the rest of the afternoon and was sore for days.

However, throughout the training process, I had discovered valuable training secrets - who knew that running in heat and humidity was harder? What are gels, and more importantly, do they work? Why do runners carry around those foam roller sticks? Am I supposed to stretch? This has and will always be my strategy - trial and error. I’m an independent soul at first, and my own research and discovery are some of the most powerful tools I have.

After moving to Nashville, I sought out another half marathon. I trained with more intention, the goal being to improve on my previous time. My roommate casually mentioned a running group in East Nashville that met down the block from our house. I began running on Wednesday nights with East Nasty, one of Nashville’s largest running groups. That turned into Saturday long runs with a pace group, and my first running community was born on the roads and greenways of my new city. Running with other people felt amazing - we talked about shoes, gels, and pooping. You know, runner things!

Training went great, but when race day came accompanied by extreme heat and humidity, I got dropped by my pace group and had to come to terms with the slowest half I’d completed yet. I was horribly disappointed. However, I had several more crucial growth moments and questions answered through trial and error.

Most of all, I wondered, why do I need someone to set up a start/finish line to tell me to run 13.1 miles? I am capable, my body is capable, and I can run a half marathon any day of the week if I want to.

So, the next weekend, I ran another half marathon, but this time it was for myself. I got that time goal I’d trained for with a few minutes to spare. I also vowed that I was finished with road racing. The sheer number of runners, the immense occupation with pace, and the pounding of pavement wasn’t for me. I sought out another running community, the Dirtbag Trail Runners.

Trails made all the sense in the world to me. Time spent outside in nature, no traffic, and constantly changing terrain makes keeping your “road pace” impossible.

Throughout the summer, I ran simply for the joy of running. Touring across the Eastern half of the US gave me the opportunity to go on exploratory adventure runs in nearly every city we played in. My weekly mileage inadvertently skyrocketed, and every chance I had, I was out in Percy Warner.

It wasn’t about the miles, it was about the time spent outside, either by myself or with my newfound trail running community.

I was first exposed to ultrarunning when I stumbled upon a vlog posted by a runner who had attempted the 2017 Barkley Marathons. It jogged my memory as I had watched the Netflix documentary of the same race in graduate school before I even started running. Funny how things come full circle. I fell into a deep hole watching countless race recap and training videos. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Finally, I got so restless that I laced up and PR’d my 10k time.

Training through the late summer and early fall taught me a lot about hydration and nutrition, both crucial elements to success in trail and ultrarunning. I felt strong, was enjoying the runs and the conversation, asking every question I could think of - from proper foot placement on technical descents to power hiking form and hip strengthening exercises. Runners far more experienced than I embraced my enthusiasm and willingness to learn. I planned to run my first 50k in the spring, and to train through my 25k. After all, who says that race has to be the first time I run 15 miles? I am capable, my body is capable.

 I was determined not to sign up for a 50k until I had completed 25k. My training partners joked on runs, “so, I’ll see you at Bell Ringer 50k?” After hours spent on the trails together, they weren’t convincing me anymore. I was convincing myself. I love running, I love trails, and I love spending time outside.

Why start by limiting yourself? Nothing in my short running history has indicated that I can’t complete this. In fact, I’d proven time and time again that I was in control. I put in 800+ miles of training between May and December, allowed myself a two-week taper (which was the worst), and knew that the work was done. It was time to play.

At 4:15am on December 9, my alarm went off and I ran an ultramarathon. 

Well, it wasn’t quite that simple. I had spent the day prior organizing my hydration vest, planning out my nutrition and hydration, packing my drop bag, and laying out my cold-weather clothes.

My favorite blister-proof Smartwool crew cut socks, and my secret weapon: baby food. You read that right - baby food is just pureed fruits and veggies, and as a plant-based eater, it is essential that I fuel with as much real, whole food as possible. Plus, it comes in convenient squeeze pouches easy to stuff in the front of my vest. Ultrarunning is basically just an eating contest, since you are calorie-deficient from the start and it only gets worse if you don’t stay on top of your calories.

At the risk of making 31.5 miles seem trivial, the first 15 miles felt comfortable. They should have - I had trained that distance many times. I ate decently well and the course support from my training group kept me smiling. Mile 15 is where I began running alone. I didn’t see anyone until the mile 20 aid station, and they came in just as I was finishing half a banana and a few swigs of Coke. I never drink soda, but I knew the quick-releasing sugars could do wonders.

For me, the race was always going to be 24 miles long. At mile 24, I would see all my training partners at the last aid station. At that point, there would be no question that I’d finish. When I appeared at the bottom of the last climb into the mile 24 aid station, I saw my ultra mentor Becca, in her full camo snow pant overalls absolutely lose her mind and start screaming my name.

All the idiots who had put in the hours alongside me on the Nashville trails dropped their beers and rushed to ask what they could do. I asked for coffee, something hot to drink. At mile 24 of my first ultramarathon, I had the most amazing hot chocolate. It was everything I needed. Becca stared at me until I sucked down a baby food, and sent me on a quick 2-mile out-and-back. I knew I’d pass through them again, and left saying “see you in 20 minutes… eh, 30 minutes!” I split a sub-11 mile 25 and Becca forced 200 more calories in me before pushing me out of the aid station. Three people passed me as I enjoyed a moment with friends, knowing it was the last time I’d see anyone until the finish.

The extra time spent eating at the aid station paid dividends as I caught up to the three ahead of me. We estimated that we had probably 2-3 miles until the finish. I knew two things about the finish: stairs, and one final hill. As we hit the last stretch of trail, I saw the stairs. Simultaneously, someone screamed at me in an Olaf onesie from across the lake.

I had been in front of these folks for 25 miles. I wasn’t letting them take it away from me at the end, especially after I’d caught up to them. I made my pass on the bridge, knowing I’d have to take the stairs two at a time. That one last hill was a total pain, but the result was worth it: alone in the finish chute, being encouraged by one of my training partners, and finishing my very first ultramarathon.

So, why running? Why trails? Why ultras? I have learned more about my connection to myself, to nature, and to my community through training for and running trail ultras. Much like climbing, the trail running community is a small but fervent bunch. We may be a bit crazy, but we aren’t stupid. Is running ultramarathons crazy? Yes. Is it stupid? No.

Best Wishes to Our General Manager

Climb Nashville

Daniel has spent the last six and a half years working to make Climb Nashville a better place for our members, guests, and staff. This guy has a heart of gold and we couldn't have asked for a harder working General Manager. 

At the end of February, Daniel will be moving on to pursue a new adventure. We're sad to see him go, but extremely gracious for the time and effort Daniel spent at Climb Nashville. We wish him and his family the best, knowing we'll see him climbing in the gym soon!


In Daniels own words to the staff:

"I want to thank you all for over 6.5 amazing years working with you at our gyms.  I have enjoyed working and hanging out with all of you and everyone else along the way.  Climb Nashville is a place that I call home and it is very difficult to say that I will be moving on to pursue a new opportunity.  This is a decision that was made after long and careful consideration of my wife, two boys, and all of you. 
Over the years you and many others have built a family for me to love, to rely on, and to get frustrated with every now and then. Sounds like family, right?  That is why this has been one of the most difficult decisions in my life.  Don’t worry, I will still be coming to the gym and I will probably climb more than I have in a while. 
My goal through February 28th is to hand over the reigns with momentum.  I want to make sure all of you and the future of Climb Nashville leadership are set up for success.  I will be working with Lance, Drew, Peter, and many others including yourselves to make sure Climb Nashville continues to grow. Let's spend some time together." - Daniel Worley, Climb Nashville General Manager