Climbing

CEO oversees merger of climbing gyms uniting East and West coasts

CEO oversees merger of climbing gyms uniting East and West coasts

Seven weeks into the job, Robert Cohen is presiding over a marriage of sorts — a union of East and West coast climbing gym brands.

Cohen, a longtime Patagonia executive, is the CEO of newly-merged Earth Treks and Planet Granite.

Earth Treks opened its first indoor climbing gym in 1997 in Columbia, a facility that expanded recently. It has since added gyms in Timonium and Rockville and is opening another in a few months.

Planet Granite, its West Coast sibling, has three gyms in California — in San Francisco, Sunnyvale and Belmont — and one in Portland, Ore.

Cohen said his goal is to maximize the best of both brands without losing the essential character of...

82°