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Popular Austin rock climbing studio rappels into new Highland location

Popular Austin rock climbing studio rappels into new Highland location

Woman on a climbing wall at Crux Climbing
Crux's second location will open in early 2020. Photo by Merrick Ales
Crux Climbing Hancock exterior
The new studio is next to The Brewtorium. Courtesy photo
Woman on a climbing wall at Crux Climbing
Crux Climbing Hancock exterior

Three years after rappelling into South Austin, locally owned Crux Climbing Center is carving out a new locale. On May 29, the studio announced it will open a second location near the Highland neighborhood. 

The massive new Crux will rock 'n' roll its way into 6015 Dillard Crl. B beginning in early 2020. The new location is conveniently next to The Brewtorium, thus providing the ideal detox/retox situation. (Planned or not, this appears to be a trend for Crux; its headquarters on Pickle Road is adjacent to LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue.)

Unlike the Pickle Road studio, however, which offers also rock climbing, the new 20,627 square foot Hancock fitness center will offer bouldering only. Tim Derrington of Derrington Building Studio, the architect behind the first Crux, is returning for the second round, according to a press release.

For those who have yet to master the art of the climb. Crux Hancock will also offer yoga, a fitness area for classes such as strength and circuit training, a kids' space, and a coffee shop. According to the company, its new studio will also create 20 to 30 new jobs.

While this may Crux's second location, it likely won't be the last. Earlier this year, the company added 6,000 square feet of space to the South Congress headquarters and a release about the Hancock studio hinted the Austin-based brand is eyeing expansion.

“Our members are our utmost priority, and we are so excited to build a climbing space central to many of their homes and workplaces,” says Kevin Goradia, co-founder and CEO of Crux. “Adding a central location is our first step in expanding Crux’s community to the broader Austin area.”

Currently, Crux offers a variety of pricing packages for its headquarters, ranging from yearly and monthly individual memberships, group memberships, and drop in rates.