The Seattle Vertical World is the Puget Sound's premiere Rock Climbing, Fitness, and Yoga destination.


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Vertical World – America’s First Climbing Gym® provides a unique training facility and specialized programs for youth and adults within our communities.
We opened the very first rock climbing gym in America in 1987 on Elliott Ave in Seattle. The gym was no more than rocks glued to painted plywood panels. Today, with more advanced facilities, Vertical World accommodates a variety of offerings beyond just programs to learn how to rock climb, but performance and educational programs in fitness, yoga, and custom group events including birthday parties, school or church groups, corporate events, private parties, and youth camps.
Vertical World currently has two gyms in Washington, with a third to open in 2017: Seattle, Redmond and Lynnwood, respectively. Please contact your local gym to check out the facilities, classes, programs, events or to book a party or corporate event.
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Recent Blog Posts

January 2, 2017 |

Rock n Roll at Vertical Club – 1989

Rock n Roll at the V-Club A story from the VW Archives, written by founder Rich Johnston. Circa 1989, just two...

October 7, 2016 |

Training Tips

I recently stumbled across an Instagram post from a group that posts fitness motivation content with a Crossfit...

September 23, 2016 |

Auto Belay Accidents: Know Before You Go

    In 1989 Lynn Hill, one of the most accomplished climbers of her time clipped into the chains at...

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