Climbing

Scaling up: How Columbia-based Earth Treks is capitalizing on the climbing craze

Scaling up: How Columbia-based Earth Treks is capitalizing on the climbing craze

Rose Lozier is scared of heights, but she finds herself at Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness in Columbia several times a week, making her way up walls that are 42 feet high.

The server, massage therapist and student from Ellicott City says it is the adrenaline rush that keeps her coming back.

“It sounds crazy, but I just like the feeling it gives me,” Lozier says.

In the last several years, more people like Lozier have become hooked on indoor climbing, a sport that uses simulations of rocks and boulders to give climbers a thrill similar to navigating mountains in the outdoors. The rise in popularity has led to a boom in new facilities...

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