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Rock climbing coming to Murfreesboro

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The Ascent is expected to open in April at 831 Park Ave. in the same location as Crossfit Murfreesboro. Construction is now underway.

The facility will house Murfreesboro's first climbing wall off the MTSU campus. The wall will be three stories or 32 feet tall and come complete with caves, cracks, arches and boulders.

Charter memberships are now for sale on The Ascent's website www.climbyourrock.com. Day passes can also be purchased once the facility opens. Training, classes and group events will be available.

"From our experience in indoor climbing, we feel there is a demand for it," said Jeff Hess, who is opening Ascent.  

He said there is a climbing community in Murfreesboro, but right now they have to go to Nashville and Cool Springs  

"It is another alternative for families to come out and do something together and stay fit," Hess said.

Hess got into indoor climbing about four years ago because of the social aspects of the sport. About 20 percent of the time at the climbing wall is actually spent on the wall. The rest of the time is spent hanging out with friends and fellow climbers.

"I am someone that likes to stay in shape, but I hate exercising," he said. "(Climbing) is something that is fun for me to do."

When it comes to fitness, Hess said climbing is closely tied to yoga and Pilates with its concentration on core fitness.

But it is a great alternative to weight training and the traditional gym scene as it also works arms, legs, hands and shoulders.

Additionally, climbing is a mental challenge.

"It's about tackling a bouldering problem or high-wall route that you have never seen before, and figuring out the best way to ascend," according to The Ascent website.  "It's about working with others to develop a solution, or finding alternative methods.  It's about pushing yourself to climb that route that you didn't quite get yesterday, but know you could if you had just one more shot at it."


Sauce is preparing to open by March 6 at 2858 S. Church St., next door to Fin Fusion Sushi. The restaurant will feature pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads and homemade desserts.

Many of the recipes have been in Tyler Rooks' family for more than 40 years.  His grandfather first opened an Italian restaurant in the 1960s.

Rooks' father Carlton now owns and operates Bocelli restaurant in Shelbyville.

"It is delicious food," Rooks said of the food to be offered at his restaurant. "It is tried and true. It has a proven track record of over 40 years."

Many people have said the pizza is the best they have ever had.

Hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Call the restaurant at 624-8258.

Want to have your business news featured in The Edge? Send an e-mail to eedgemon@murfreesboropost.com.  MP

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