Our Story

Escarpment - A long, steep slope, especially one at the edge of a plateau or separating areas of land at different heights.

Driven by my passions for climbing, bodily health, and community improvement, I found a home in Cedar Rapids for Escarpment. When I first moved to Cedar Rapids for an internship, I immediately noticed there was no strong climbing community! Well, I thought, that needed to change.

So I set off on starting this gym with a focus on community involvement and respecting and appreciating others and, as a sport that deals a lot with the outdoors, nature. I got involved with the climbing community in my first year of college, and I've loved every moment of it - made lots of great friends, got fit, and had lots of laughs making fools of ourselves.

With the help of some friends, we made the Kilter Board and have been growing ever since. We want to see the Cedar Rapids area grow into a place where everyone has a place, and no one misses great opportunities.

Climbing is like life. No matter how good you are, at some point you're going to fall, and the only way to get better is to stand up and climb it again. The problems always look easier from the ground, and the wall always looks shorter from far away.

Don't stop till you've reached the top.


Our Team


Pirate Name: Cap'n Chronch

Climbing Experience: 3 years

Position: Owner


Pirate Name: Millie the Fish

Climbing Experience: 100 years

Position: Routesetter