South Tahoe Training Center provides space for dedicated climbers

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — Zach Fletcher says rock climbing saved his life twice, now he hopes to inspire others to share his love of the sport by opening Adventure Fit Dojo.

Adventure Fit Dojo is a training center for committed climbers and adventure athletes.

“I’m super excited to bring a dedicated training facility to South Lake and to me and my friends,” Fletcher said. “It’s kind of something I’ve been thinking about for a long time and I’m delighted to be here.

“I’m going to get in shape and hang out with my friends. Why didn’t I think of that sooner? Fletcher added.

Fletcher, who has lived in Lake Tahoe for 20 years, started climbing in 2007, February 4, 2007 to be exact.

He and his friend, Todd Offenbacher, went up a road called Corrugation Corner in Lovers’ Leap.

“We had to walk through waist-deep snow to get there and I was hooked,” Fletcher said. “Quickly, I realized that I wanted to climb big mountains.

Zach Fletcher climbing over the spray wall.
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Fletcher had been an avid skier but suffered a serious injury. Climbing got him back outdoors and active. It was the second time it had saved his life.

“Climbing takes you to places, both physically and mentally, you have to tackle places you don’t want to go,” Fletcher said.

The first time it saved his life was in middle school. He says he was basically illiterate, he could read but it was slow and strenuous.

Even in middle school, Fletcher loved skiing, so he picked up a book that had rock and ice on the cover, thinking it was something close to his world. It was a book written by world famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner.

“I just started reading slowly, it was the first book I ever liked, probably the first book I ever finished and then I had an insatiable appetite for mountaineering books,” said said Fletcher.

Without ever picking up that book and igniting his love for reading, he might be in a very different place today.

Fortunately, Fletcher is well placed. He and his fiancée, Melinda, have just bought a new house and are expecting their first baby soon. This is in addition to his opening Adventure Fit Dojo.

The training center is located at 183 US Highway 50, Suite E, Zephyr Cove, Nevada.

The training center includes a spray wall and a Kilter Board.
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It has two walls that allow you to adjust the angle of the board from almost vertical to almost horizontal. One of the walls is a spray wall, which is a wall full of holds of varying difficulty that allows climbers to find their own routes.

The other wall is a 12×12 Kilter Board. The holds themselves never change, but the LED lights around each hold light up to show the climber the route. The board can be controlled via an app that allows climbers to set the difficulty of the climb.

It also has a bodybuilding and cardio area.

“One of the missions of the gymnasium is to provide dedicated athletes with a place to train…this gymnasium is about creating a place where courage and commitment are contagious,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher is also passionate about working with children. He was a ski coach for a long time before his injury, so now he is focused on empowering kids through rock climbing.

During the summer, Member Hours will begin at noon, but before Member Hours begin, he will conduct clinics for children.

Memberships are $75 and due to limited space they only accept 50 members. It also offers day passes, for people who want to try it.

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A member practices a route they have chosen in the app.
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