Our Evolution

People seem to always be curious…”Why ‘EVO?'”

The story goes something like this:

It was in New Hampshire of 1910 when the first technical climb was completed and recorded in the United States. There, on the intimidating slopes of the Huntington Ravine within Mount Washington, climbing began. Were we there? No. Was our inspiration? You betchya. At EVO Rock + Fitness we believe that we have all evolved from this larger history. Being part of the community and culture is wonderfully captivating, and we want you to come along.

We know that everyone has untapped potential inside of them—it’s only a matter of discovering it. Our gyms provide the framework for people of all ages and abilities to discover that potential through climbing in an encouraging, non-intimidating environment.

Historically, climbing has revolved around community and camaraderie almost more than climbing itself.  Stories of sketchy ascents, near-death experiences, and/or sending a super hard boulder problem cannot be told without talking about the people who were there. Profound relationships will always be an integral part of being a climber, and EVO celebrates this fact by hosting ongoing social events for the climbing community throughout the year.

Built in an old industrial park, Concord EVO is the original EVO gym.  New Hampshire is considered to be the central climbing hub of New England, and with Rumney and Pawtuckaway just a stone’s throw away, it’s no wonder.  Did you know it’s been dubbed “The Granite State?” Our gym here is at the heart of New Hampshire in an easily accessible location, equipped with routes and problems for our climbers to get strong on, both mentally and physically.

So remember – regardless of who you are or where you come from, we’re all climbers. Everyone plays a part in this story…this culture…this ongoing evolution.

What’s your story?  Tell us at #myevolution

Our Mission

Our Mission is Simple: Empowering people. Strengthening communities.

Environment

Environmental stewardship is at the core of our business philosophy, and it extends to our educational programs, purchasing policies, and building design.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

We believe climbing lives beyond the walls of our gym. Respecting the outdoor crags that we all enjoy as a community is an essential part of keeping the sport of climbing alive. We fully endorse Leave No Trace ethics throughout our educational programs and policies.

PURCHASING POLICIES

We are very conscious about the environmental and social impacts of what we buy. That is why you will see products that are organic, recycled, locally made, and non-toxic throughout our gym.

If you have questions or concerns about a product we use or carry, please let us know.

BUILDING

EVO Rock + Fitness has been designed and built to the highest environmental performance standards of any climbing gym in New England. We started by designing a building that is oriented to the south so the building can optimize daylight and solar heat gain during the winter. During the summer months the sun can be more easily controlled on the south side, which ensures that we can keep the building as cool as possible before needing the air conditioning.

Our roof is also facing south so we can add solar panels to the building in the future.

Landscaping uses drought tolerant native plants so an irrigation system is unnecessary.

Our mechanical system meets high efficiency ratings above and beyond code requirements. During the summer months when there is a demand for cooler air the system is designed to bring in outdoor fresh air that is cool enough to cool the building naturally. Our air filtration system is designed to filter the chalk that is generated in a climbing gym so it goes into the filter and not your lungs!

Our lighting systems use the most efficient fluorescents available on the market along with LED’s in select locations. The fluorescents are modern with high quality color rendering which makes people look like their natural selves instead of the older type of lights that make the skin look green.

Our interior finishes are non-toxic, emitting very little amounts of volatile organic compounds. This keeps our indoor air clean and fresh to make your workout the best it can be.

All water fixtures meet or exceed the highest standards as defined by the LEED Green Building System.