Takin’ it indoors

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Takin’ it indoors

Climbing trends: Gyms and ropeless on a boulder
Evan Mercier of Ballston Spa, N.Y., climbs a boulder at The Edge indoor climbing center in Halfmoon, N.Y. The giant faux boulder is the dominating feature of the gym with a 16-foot-high lip.
Helen Ho of Albany, N.Y., climbs a boulder at The Edge indoor climbing center in Halfmoon, N.Y. The design and the clientele of The Edge reflect two major trends in climbing: toward indoor gyms and low-elevation challenges that don’t require a safety rope.
Helen Ho of Albany, N.Y., climbs a wall at The Edge.
Ashley Van Patten, left, belays for Kelly Harrigan at The Edge.
Joyce Lu of Albany, N.Y., scales a wall at The Edge. The number of indoor climbing gyms has exploded in the past decade.

Takin’ it indoors

Evan Mercier of Ballston Spa, N.Y., climbs a boulder at The Edge indoor climbing center in Halfmoon, N.Y. The giant faux boulder is the dominating feature of the gym with a 16-foot-high lip.
Helen Ho of Albany, N.Y., climbs a boulder at The Edge indoor climbing center in Halfmoon, N.Y. The design and the clientele of The Edge reflect two major trends in climbing: toward indoor gyms and low-elevation challenges that don’t require a safety rope.
Helen Ho of Albany, N.Y., climbs a wall at The Edge.
Ashley Van Patten, left, belays for Kelly Harrigan at The Edge.
Joyce Lu of Albany, N.Y., scales a wall at The Edge. The number of indoor climbing gyms has exploded in the past decade.
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