Deadline Detroit | Gallery: DYNO opens Thursday near Eastern Market with Detroit’s largest climbing walls
“Ready or not, we climb here,” writes Dino Ruggeri a few days before the gentle opening of DYNO Detroit, a climbing hall designed and equipped by experts from Bulgaria.
“Although it wasn’t always nice, we’re finally here,” added the Grosse Pointe Park entrepreneur on Facebook on Monday. “After successfully passing the inspections last week, we finally got the green light to open.”
A gradual debut in a warehouse-like open space on Orleans Street and Mack Avenue begins Thursday at 2 p.m. for members and punch pass buyers. “The next 10 days will be a ‘soft-open’ format with limited hours and capacity so we can get our feet under,” explains Ruggeri, whose website shows an earlier hope: “Coming Early 2021”.
The fitness store next to Dequindre Cut near Eastern Market “is still working on some bugs in our reservations and Learn the Rope enrollments,” advises the owner, referring to free 90-minute classes for members and cardholders. The trainers show “how to tie the figure eight knot, use the correct belay technique with a GriGri and the other basic skills required to climb the ropes here.”
In addition to the angled walls for rope climbing with hand and foot grips, the 17,000-square-foot gym features ropeless “boulders” that rise 12 to 15 feet above thick cushions. There are also cardio machines, weights, a yoga studio, locker rooms, a lounge, and a coffee shop.
Dyno is the city’s first indoor climbing center for all levels. (Wayne State University and the downtown YMCA have limited walls for beginners.) It opens with one event for men and one for women three months before the Olympic debut of sport climbing in Tokyo.
Monthly pricing is $ 79 or $ 138 for couples, and $ 25 for family members under the age of 18. High school graduates and full-time students pay $ 69 per month. Teachers, military personnel, and first responders also receive a discount. Annual fees are $ 869, $ 1,518 for couples, and $ 759 for students.
Two-hour climbing blocks can be reserved after registration. Walk-ins are not allowed.
- address: 3500 Orleans St. (near Mack Avenue)
- hours: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (“extended hours in the near future”)
- website: dynodetroit.com | Reserve time (when debugging)
- phone: (313) 444-0161
Photos by Owen Kaufman for DYNO: