The Gravity Vault Marin: Indoor Climbing Gym Now Under Construction

March 23, 2021

Longtime Friends Join Forces to Bring Indoor Climbing Back to Marin County

San Rafael, Calif. (March 23, 2021) – Indoor rock climbing is returning to Marin. The Gravity Vault Marin, a rock climbing gym for everyone from experts to first timers, is now under construction and set to open in the summer of 2021. Located in the newly built San Rafael Sports Center, the gym will offer approximately 19,000 square feet of climbing with top rope, lead climbing and bouldering opportunities for all levels as well as yoga, cardio, weight training, plenty of parking and more. From adult instruction to extensive youth offerings including afterschool programming, teams and birthday parties, there will be something for everyone.

The Gravity Vault Marin is the creation of two Mill Valley residents, businessmen and avid climbers Scott Sklar and Brian Platter. Longtime friends, they not only share a love for climbing, but also spent years driving their own children to San Francisco to climb. Sklar and Platter partnered with Lucas Kovalcik, owner of Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms to create The Gravity Vault Marin.

This will be the first West Coast location for The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms, which currently has 10 locations on the East Coast, and many more under development. After five years tirelessly searching for the ideal site, the partners were pleased to find the perfect space at the San Rafael Sports Center which is conveniently located at the San Rafael Airport and is expected to feature indoor and outdoor sports fields, volleyball, a family entertainment center, dining options and more.

The Gravity Vault Marin will feature:

  • 19,000 Square Feet of Climbing and Bouldering Walls Over Two Levels
  • 200+ Routes and Boulder Problems with over 100 Lead Routes
  • 10 Auto Belays
  • Two 10m Speed Walls
  • Adjustable LED Kilter Training Wall
  • Fully Climate Controlled Facility
  • Locker Rooms and Showers
  • Fitness — Yoga, Cardio and Weight Training
  • Lounges and Workspaces with Wi-Fi
  • Full-Service Retail Shop
  • Party and Meeting Rooms

“It has been 12 years since a rock climbing gym has been located in Marin County so we are thrilled to open a state-of-the-art climbing gym here in San Rafael for all to enjoy,” said Sklar. “Climbing is a fun activity for all ages and skill levels and challenges the mind and body alike. It also creates a wonderful community — a place for people to come together.”

The Gravity Vault Marin is located within the San Rafael Sports Center at 440 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, CA 94903, on the San Rafael Airport property and near McInnis Park Golf Course. For more information, visit or to stay updated as construction continues, follow @GravityVault/Marin on Facebook and @gravityvault_marin on Instagram.

About The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms

Founded in 2005, The Gravity Vault together with Rock Climbing Franchising LLC, owns, operates and franchises state of the art indoor climbing facilities. The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms are facilities where anyone can join to experience the exciting sport of rock climbing. Our goal is to provide a fun, welcoming environment where beginners and experienced climbers alike can learn, train and enjoy climbing together. We offer options for using our facility that cater to every age and all experience levels. From memberships and day passes, to private climbing sessions and group classes, we have an option that is suitable for you.

The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms’ mission is to make everyone’s rock climbing experience with us a positive and memorable one! We strive to provide a welcoming, diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for not only our customers but our staff alike. For more information visit

About San Rafael Sports Center:

The San Rafael Sports Center is a community recreational facility currently under development that plans to offer a wide variety of activities for families, groups and individuals alike. Space remains available for lease, but once complete, the 86,000-square-foot facility is expected to feature two indoor soccer fields, volleyball courts, a full-service family entertainment center, outdoor sports fields, flexible meeting and events spaces, as well as multiple food and beverage offerings. Designed to meet the highest standards of environmental sustainability, the San Rafael Sports Center features 40 EV charging stations along with a 1-megawatt rooftop solar array that offsets over 200% of the facility energy usage. For more information and leasing opportunities, contact San Rafael Airport at or call 415-472-7700.

Editor’s Note: high-resolution photography can be downloaded here and media tours of The Gravity Vault Marin are available upon request.

Media Contact:
DeeDee Taft
Spin Communications, o. 415.380.8390, m. 415.515.1229

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