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Nashville, TN 37209 

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


1900 Eastland Ave. #104
Nashville, TN 37206

Monday – Friday: 5am-10pm 
Saturday: 9am-10pm 
Sunday: 12pm-10pm 

3600 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN, 37209
United States

(615) 463-7625

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.

Climb Staff: Akshay Khona

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Climb Staff: Akshay Khona

Climb Nashville

What is your background?

I was born in Connecticut and lived there for two years before I went on my first of many international moves. At two years old I moved to Bombay and lived with my great grandmother and my grandfather. After five years I came back to the US but this would be my shortest trip, I was here only six months before I was headed back to India to live in Bombay for three years. At eleven years old I came back to Nashville and completed the 6th grade at West End Middle School. Then it was back to India. This time to Hydrabad to live with my guardians for three years. This period of my life was full of new experiences, new people, and even a new language. After this I moved back to Nashville, this time to stay. I helped my Mom run her businesses for five years before she moved to India.

I decided not to move with her back to India because I had been introduced to climbing and I didn't want to give it up. I knew it was something I'd be doing for a lifetime!


How did you get into the sport of rock climbing?

My friend and co-worker, Sean Smith, took me to Climb Nashville to climb when I was 17.


How long have you been apart of the Climb Nashville community, and how long have you worked here?

6 years in the Climb Nashville community and I have worked here for 2 years, starting January 16, 2012.


What is your favorite part about the sport?

Freedom. There are no rules about how you should make a move or get to the top of the climb. It is different for everybody. With climbing, there is a personal connection to the rock, and with that comes a feeling of no limitations.


Who have been some of your climbing influences?

Chris Sharma, Tommy Caldwell, Fred NIcole, Catherine Destivelle


What are some of your short term and long term goals with climbing?

Short term:  Go climb every single day-off of work I have

Long-term: Climb fifty Grade 5.12 routes by the end of 2014 and to try out every type of climbing. Everywhere.


What is your favorite place to climb?

Indoor: Climb Nashville, duh. What other place would there be

Outdoor: The Obed (I have it tattooed on my arm- that’s how much I love it.)


What gear do you use/wear when you climb?

Arc-teryx Harness

Sterling Nano 9.2 Rope

La Sportiva Solutions

Petzl Spirit Quickdraws