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Kitsap Vertical World sale update: Can you help keep the Peninsula climbing?

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
2 min read

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the Kitsap Vertical World sale, so wanted to give a quick update.

The assets of the climbing gym located just outside Bremerton city limits, in East Bremerton, is up for sale. The current owners are incredible guys… they’ve done a lot and sacrificed a lot for the local climbing community. That doesn’t change the fact that the gym is for sale, and no individual buyer has come forward, yet.

A group of members have been working toward a possible acquisition, as well as working to help increase the exposure for the sale, and have taken steps to try to attract a buyer and/or foster the interest of other potential buyers. The bottom line for us is, we want to keep this gym open in Kitsap. We are incredibly lucky to have this asset here, and we do not want to lose it.

Kitsap is a community to the West of Seattle; we’re out on the peninsula. Our gym members travel from all over the peninsula to participate; from Port Townsend and Sequim to Gig Harbor and everywhere in between. We are one of those “non-urban-area” gyms … facing “non-urban-area” challenges … with the added challenge that we don’t have any real rock within commuting distance. Our nearest climbing gym neighbor, Edgeworks, is in Tacoma; too far for most team families to travel to several times a week so that their kids can continue their training and participation in this activity.

It would be devastating to the peninsula climbing community to lose this climbing gym.

We’re working on getting some press in order to help spread the word and build support for our efforts and/or attract a buyer. We’re also still diligently working on our own efforts to try to put funding together for the purchase and operation of the gym — whether as some sort of for-profit or non-profit entity.

Our member group has identified possible strategies for closing the gap between revenue and expenses, and we have a lot of energy to devote to making this gym succeed. A number of families are willing to make a financial commitment in order to keep this gym here; but so far, we are short of what we need to make an offer to the current owners.

If you are interested in getting in touch with the group of members that is working on this project please contact me via email.

If you are interested in contacting the current owners to obtain more information about the sale, please email kitsapsale@verticalworld.com.

Thank you for your support and encouragement, and thanks to the members of Kitsap Vertical World… we’re a quirky bunch, but we’ve become family to each other, and I honestly don’t know what I would do without you all.

What can you do to help keep the Peninsula climbing? Email me.

Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.