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The Midwest: Vertical Endeavors — Glendale Heights
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The Midwest: Vertical Endeavors — Glendale Heights

Vertical Endeavors has five locations, but its Glendale Height facility is the most distinctive gym in the Midwest and the largest in the United States. In addition to three bouldering areas, this gym has Nicros 5.15 “wave walls,” overhangs, slabs, arêtes, and dihedrals, plus a dedicated crack climbing tower with replicas of five classic outdoor routes; one from Yosemite and four from Devils Tower. The ceiling is low, but the variety of styles available make up for it.

Closest Town: Glendale Heights, Illinois
Roped Routes: 200+
Wall Area: 45,000 sq. ft.
Wall Height: 30 ft.
Bouldering: Yes