ROKT climbing gym has launched its latest attraction – thought to be the first of its kind in Europe.
The new ROKTAGON Penthouse Boulder room has been launched at the centre based in the former Sugden’s Flour Mill on Mill Royd Street, Brighouse.
The gym has developed the new technology ROKTAGON which incorporates self supporting, interlinking hexagons, pentagons and in the future octagons to create multi-faceted, unique three-dimensional climbing structures, from caves to extreme overhangs. It offers climbing on a huge scale with routes to challenge every level of ability.
Euan Noble, ROKT’s commercial director, said: “Inspiring people to climb and to achieve things they never thought possible is our passion. Our design director Leigh Topping is a creative genius and has created the UK’s, if not Europe’s first indoor, molecular climbing structure.”
ROKT climbing gym was launched in April 2011 and is home to one of the largest indoor climbing walls in the UK with almost 2.4km of wall space, with 22,000 holds.
Their popularity amongst climbers and extreme enthusiasts has seen the number of members surpass the 6,000 mark. They already have Great Britain climbing team members training at the gym and hope to be the base of the next generation of local athletes.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire tourism agency said: “This is another fine example of how Yorkshire is leading the way ahead of others. The new ROKTAGON build shows the excellent work the team of ROKT have already achieved and will help attract more visitors from around the corner - and around the country. It also shows how sport tourism can create jobs and boost the local economy.”
As well as developing the gym, Leigh and Euan hope to create an extreme sports paradise in the heart of Yorkshire to attract visitors from across the country and Europe.
They plan to incorporate a wide variety of activities including free running, free style gymnastics, caving, BMX and skate park, high ropes and accommodation for climbers and enthusiasts.