Detroit’s first indoor climbing gym DYNO opening Thursday in Eastern Market


DETROIT (WXYZ) – Indoor climbing has continued to grow in the US, with the city of Detroit’s first indoor climbing gym opening on Thursday at Eastern Market.

Dino Ruggeri, 31, from Grosse Pointe, founded DYNO Detroit. It’s located at 3500 Orleans St. near Dequindre Cut on the north end of Eastern Market.

Ruggeri began climbing indoor in his senior year at the University of Michigan. He said he would spend 4-5 days each week at Planet Rock, one of two indoor climbing gyms in Metro Detroit. After moving to Colorado and working as a ski instructor and outdoor educator, he returned to Detroit to start working on the indoor climbing facility.

While there are climbing walls at Wayne State University and the YMCA that can introduce people to the sport, Ruggeri said he wants to create a community and climbing culture in the city and use the indoor spaces to bring people outside.

“I wanted to share climbing with people who might not have had the opportunity to try otherwise. To create a gateway to this outdoor lifestyle, this identity of a climber,” he said. “I thought it was a really cool addition to the city that isn’t a restaurant, bar, or shop. It’s something that is really accessible.”

The opening will begin with members and punch pass holders, and they said it will be a “gentle opening” with limited hours and capacity for the first 10 days or so.

Punch Pass card members and holders can make 2-hour reservations. Passes can be purchased on the website. A 10-punch pass is $ 175, monthly memberships $ 79, and annual memberships are $ 869.

Owen Kaufman courtesy of DYNO Detroit

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Owen Kaufman courtesy of DYNO Detroit


Dusty Kennedy