The Gym

VAN­COU­VER IS­LAND’S NEW­EST CLIMB­ING GYM

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Wip, Courte­nay, B.C.

The Co­mox Val­ley on Van­cou­ver Is­land has a new boul­der­ing gym called Wip and people are lov­ing it. The grand open­ing took place last fall with a big turnout. “We have a va­ri­ety of things for all ages and all abil­i­ties,” said top boul­derer and coowner Josh Muller, who also owns Bolder Climb­ing in Cal­gary. Muller’s busi­ness part­ner is Chris­ti­aan de Vries, a ge­ol­o­gist who owns Gneiss Climb­ing in Kelowna.

“We both have our in­de­pen­dent fa­cil­i­ties,” said Muller. “We came to­gether to cre­ate this ex­pan­sion, and this new project.” They an­tic­i­pate the mar­ket in Co­mox Val­ley will be young fam­i­lies and back­coun­try users look­ing to stay fit in win­ter. Wip stands for Work in Progress, but it’s also a clever play on words, see­ing that in climb­ing you can take a whip­per.

Like many mod­ern boul­der­ing gyms, the ground floor at Wip has sev­eral walls, in­clud­ing a few short ones with ropes. The up­stairs has a weight-training area, a chil­dren’s party room and a Moon­board. The Moon­board has over 50,000 pos­si­ble prob­lems as of this year. Wip Climb­ing is lo­cated at 780-30th St. in Courte­nay. It is open seven days a week.—gripped

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