Kam Goes to: Sender One Climbing Gym, Orange County

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Sender One Climbing and Bouldering Gym in Orange County


I am thrilled to share some photos from the newest rock climbing gym in Orange County, California – Sender One.


Sender One climbing and fitness gym is located right off of the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana where the 5 and the 55 meet (near The Orange Crush) – essentially central Orange County. The gym offers top rope climbing, lead climbing, bouldering, yoga, personal training, and a group activity/party area known as Funtopia.

Some quick stats:

  • 25,000 square feet of climbing surface with walls up to 50 feet high
  • 13 weekly yoga classes in our eco-friendly studio with natural bamboo floors
  • Large fitness area includes free weights and cardio equipment
  • A variety of snacks and drinks available for purchase
  • Hair ties and blow dryers in the ladies’ locker room
  • Plenty of classes offered for new climbers and those looking to learn new skills
  • Free wifi and air conditioning


And to top it all off, the gym is owned by world-renowned rock climber Chris Sharma.
Sender One Climbing Gym in Orange County
The walls are from Walltopia and are a little different than the walls you will find in other gyms — it is slightly textured so you’ll really stick to the wall, but that also means you don’t want to wear your WunderUnder Crops and are more likely to scrape your knees while climbing. Just something to keep in mind – I did hear a few other climbers mentioning the texture and how it will change what they wear next time.
What I really liked about the gym was the climbing-specific training tools: some of the bouldering walls are hydraulically adjustable, there is a (now fully set) system board, rings, fingerboards, and a campus board available for training.

I’m not going to lie: I was pretty smitten with the couches and benches in the gym — they’re IKEA hacks that will make any climber’s heart sing! The gym set up some inexpensive IKEA futon frames up with Evolv Wingman crash pads! Also, there are benches in the fitness area that use the Evolv Ringer crash pad 

Orange County Rock Climbing Gym - Sender One


The gym may be a bit too fancy for some gym-junkies, but I have the feeling Alex and I will be getting a membership eventually. For me, the biggest bonus would be combining my yoga practice and climbing under one membership (and saving money!) and the large bouldering area. It is also closer to where we live, which is always a bonus.



What do you look for in a new gym?
Have you visited Sender One Climbing Gym?

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  • Megan Anderson July 16, 2013, 7:11 am

    It’s awesome that you found a place that combines the things you love! I also think it’s a bonus that it’s super pretty in there–it looks like a jawbreaker!

    • Kam July 21, 2013, 6:19 pm

      SO PRETTY. The location is also wwaaayyy closer than my current gym. I can’t wait for my membership to expire so I can re-up here.

  • Emily Dismukes July 16, 2013, 7:52 am

    I’m not a rock climber, but this place looks amazing. I agree with Megan, it’s so pretty! And I’m impressed by everything “extra” they offer – I wish our rec center had hair ties in the locker rooms!

    • Kam July 21, 2013, 6:20 pm

      I wish everywhere had hair ties! Like, at the florist, the dentist, in the cheese aisle of the grocery store…normal places like that ;)

  • Serena July 16, 2013, 7:26 pm

    Definitely sounds cool!

    I need variety and plenty of equipment and space in my gym. Going to the gym is still something I struggle with, so something as simple as having to wait for a machine can be a huge deterrent.

    • Kam July 21, 2013, 6:21 pm

      I feel the same way. I also get really uncomfortable when gyms get really crowded, which makes me want to go home and hide for ages

  • Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl July 16, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Sounds like a great place to go! My daughter and I have been talking about learning how to rock climb. Might just be the place I need to try it out. Thanks for the review.

    • Kam July 21, 2013, 6:23 pm

      They are having a discount on lessons right now, too, which is pretty awesome. I bet this is a great place to learn! But you’re near the IE, right? Try Hanger 18, I’ve heard excellent things about them :)

  • Candice July 17, 2013, 11:15 am

    I love that this place combines both rock climbing and yoga. It’s totally a win-win for you!

    • Kam July 21, 2013, 6:23 pm



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