The Cliffs Climbing + Fitness Opens New Location in Center City, Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA — December 4, 2019 — The Cliffs Climbing + Fitness is excited to announce its newest location as it opens the largest indoor rock climbing gym and fitness center in the heart of Philadelphia. The Cliffs at Callowhill is located at 1010 Callowhill Street in a 40,000 square-foot warehouse that The Cliffs transformed into a brand new facility. The deal was brokered by Michael Gorman and Stephen Carrozza of Metro Commercial Real Estate, representing The Cliffs.

The Cliffs features hundreds of toprope, lead, and crack-climbing routes, boulder problems, an Olympic training speed climbing wall; high-tech climbing training equipment; a private yoga room with classes included for members; and a full- scale fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio and fitness equipment. A range of classes and clinics are available to new and experienced climbers of all ages.

“We are committed to providing the best possible climbing experience in an inclusive, welcoming environment,” said Mike Wolfert, owner of The Cliffs. “We are excited to be an active part of the growing climbing community in Philly. I’ve been climbing indoors and outdoors for over 20 years, and it is my passion to share my love for this sport with new and experienced climbers,” said Wolfert. “This is an exciting time for the industry as rock climbing is coming to the Olympics for the first time in 2020.”

Members pay $85 per month for unlimited access to The Cliffs at Callowhill. The facility features climbing training equipment including a Moonboard, Hydraulic Tension Board, Treadwall, campus board, and hangboards; cardio, and strength training equipment; full-service locker rooms with showers and saunas; yoga studio; instruction area; and private event zone for birthday parties and corporate events. Wolfert also notes the decision to hire a full-time route-setting team to ensure new climbs are available daily.

The Cliffs offers classes led by AGMA certified industry experts for all experience levels and adaptive climbers; a competitive youth team; after school recreational teams; community outreach programs providing access to underserved youth; and outdoor instructional guided trips with The Cliffs Outdoors. The Cliffs Retail store is the new go-to spot for all indoor and outdoor climbing needs. A “Learn to Climb” package is available to new climbers, including two intro classes, rental gear, and access to the facility for one month.

The facility is open to members and guests during weekdays from 7:00 am until11:00 pm, Saturdays from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm, and Sundays from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm with free daily private parking for members from 4:00 pm until close of business. The Cliffs at Callowhill features climbing walls built by Walltopia. The facility was built by General Contractor Dan Achek of Caledonia Builders Inc.

David Mildenberg, General Manager of The Cliffs at Callowhill adds, “The building was a renovation of a vacant space that historically was an ice factory. We aimed to preserve the industrial vibe and history of the building while incorporating our vision for a world-class climbing gym. The end result is quite spectacular, and we can’t wait to welcome the climbing and fitness community to their new home.”

There are currently four Cliffs locations: The Cliffs at LIC in Queens, NY (FLAGSHIP), The Cliffs at Valhalla in Westchester, NY, The Cliffs at DUMBO in Brooklyn, NY (an outdoor facility under the Manhattan Bridge), and The Cliffs at Callowhill in Philadelphia, PA. The Cliffs also plans to open a location in Harlem in New York City in 2019 and in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood in 2021, with additional projects in the pipeline.

A grand opening event will be held on Saturday, December 7, at The Cliffs at Callowhill. The event will begin at 8:00 am and include free entry, climbing, intro classes, clinics, face painting, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and more. Starting at 10:00 pm there will be free beer, a DJ, dance party, circus performers, and more until midnight.

About The Cliffs 

The Cliffs Climbing + Fitness is a leader in the indoor and outdoor climbing industry, always striving to provide a best in class rock climbing and fitness experience. The Cliffs prides itself on delivering a premium rock climbing experience for all ages and abilities. For more information about The Cliffs at Callowhill, please visit or call 215.444.7625.


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