The Gym

Hub Climb­ing, Mis­sis­sauga, Ont.

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Hub Climb­ing’s new Mis­sis­sauga lo­ca­tion is one of the most im­pres­sive new in­door climb­ing gyms in the Greater Toronto Area. We caught up with Steven Brown, one of the own­ers of Hub Climb­ing, shortly af­ter the grand open­ing of the 30,000-square­foot fa­cil­ity. The lo­ca­tion prom­ises to be pop­u­lar with new and old climbers alike.

“We used to climb at True North and fell in love with climb­ing,” said Brown. “Then we thought, we need a gym in Markham, so we made a gym in Markham. Then we thought, we need one in Mis­sis­sauga, so we made one.” The Markham lo­ca­tion has been a boom­ing boul­der­ing gym since the doors opened a few years ago. The new lo­ca­tion has 50-foot walls that make it one of the largest gyms in east­ern Canada. The Hub team dug down be­low the foun­da­tion, which gives the space ex­tra climb­ing height, sim­i­lar to the Hanger in Cal­gary.

The gym has large arches, a dragon-face fea­ture that hangs down, speed climb­ing walls and some good boul­der­ing an­gles. “There’s a huge amount of lead climb­ing,” said Brown. “We pride our­selves at the Hub at be­ing very un-in­tim­i­dat­ing and open to new and be­gin­ner climbers so any­one at any level can come in. And we have elite ter­rain. There’s so much space for new climbers and our staff re­ally takes care of ev­ery­one.”

Hub Climb­ing in Markham has helped countless peo­ple start climb­ing and the new Mis­sis­sauga lo­ca­tion prom­ises to con­tinue that tra­di­tion. If you’re in the gta and look­ing for a good work­out, swing by for a ses­sion.—Gripped

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