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.
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
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?