801 Northwest South
Outer Road, Blue Springs
Nowhere is getting high as easy as it is at Ibex, an indoor climbing gym in Blue Springs that allows flatlanders to wall-crawl all year long without road-tripping to find peaks or freezing to death in winter. The gym has more than 65 routes plastered to 33-foot-high walls and can accommodate more than 20 climbers at a time. There's even a low-hung faux-rock area for that rising X Games sensation known as bouldering, a sport that's designed for rope-free, low-to-the-ground power moves. A trip to Ibex serves many needs. "For some it's a means to an end, training for immense climbs in the great mountain ranges. For others it's simply a good time, and something fun to do before going out afterward," says Jeremy Collins, vice president of the Kansas City Climbing Club. "Yeah, there are other places to get a pump in Kansas City, but Ibex is the nucleus."