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NEWS: Once-seedy theatre renewed as climbing venue

March 9th, 2016 · No Comments

MICHAEL CHACHURA/GLEANER NEWS Tomek Iwanek takes on an intermediate course rated 5.9 at the newly opened Basecamp Climbing (677 Bloor St. W.) in the former Metro Theatre.

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Tomek Iwanek takes on an intermediate course rated 5.9 at the newly opened Basecamp Climbing (677 Bloor St. W.) in the former Metro Theatre.

By Michael Chachura

A new rock-climbing gym has opened its doors at Christie and Bathurst streets. Basecamp Climbing (677 Bloor St. W.), which revamped the Metro Theatre, features 40-foot climbing walls and routes that target all levels of difficulty. Currently they have 70 routes, and they pledge to offer one new route each day.

Basecamp also has auto-bilayers, meaning that a partner is not required to climb.

The only climbing gym on a subway line, Basecamp offers monthly and annual memberships, day passes, and lessons. For owner Matt Languay, opening his own climbing gym has been the fulfillment of a dream. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering, and previously worked for a company that made climbing walls.

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