For the vertically inclined, indoor climbing offers a more varied gym workout experience compared to weightlifting or treadmill trotting.

When the weather outside is wet and bleary, or when all the outdoor rock climbing locations are coated in a dusting of early-winter ice and snow, indoor climbing is a good way to maintain and develop the muscles, techniques and skills required to excel in the sport of climbing.

Center 45 Climbing and Fitness in Boone offers indoor climbing walls for those wetter, colder High Country autumn days where outdoor rock climbing adventures just aren’t an option.

At Center 45, Elijah Kiser, a native of Boone, trained at bouldering — a type of climbing that involves lower-to-the-ground climbs on smaller rock faces than the cliff and mountainsides involved in rock climbing.

Kiser won the 18-year-old division of the USA Climbing Bouldering National Tournament in the Youth Division, thanks in-part to his rigorous training at Center 45.

In addition to indoor climbing walls, Center 45 also offers personalized climbing training and coaching, and the center also rents crashpads for boulderers to take with them outside once the weather clears back up.

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