About Crux Rock Gym
The History of Our Eugene Rock Gym
In 1994, Crux Rock Gym introduced Eugene to the sport of indoor rock climbing. The founding owners, Ron and Debbie Vickrey, wanted to make sure the gym was a place where beginning and experienced climbers alike could have a great time and a gym they can call home, a space with a cool neighborhood vibe that would also withstand the test of time. Knowing that they couldn’t do it on their own, they turned to Entre Prises USA, operated by a friend and sport climbing guru, Alan Watts. It was there they met rock gym designer and climbing advocate, Jeff Ellington. Shortly after, Jeff introduced them to local climber and builder, Peter Fralick, who with his brother, Chris, established many outdoor routes, including Sibling Rivalry and Barad-Dur.
Together (without the internet) the Vickrey’s designed and built Crux! Much has changed since that time, but the goal is still the same- community and fun. We are deeply moved by the climbing stories, awesome friendships, families and partnerships that have been forged within these walls. We are grateful for the Vickrey’s part and history in this community.
Morgan grew up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and has been climbing since middle school. He went to Colorado Mountain College where he focused on mountaineering while teaching climbing at the college’s wall. After school, Morgan guided trips in Guatemala and climbed mountains in South America. He then set his sights on more distant peaks. Working in Antarctica, gave him access to the other side of the world. He met Marra on his third season at the Pole.
Marra grew up in West Texas climbing roofs, trees, and oil rigs, with a penchant for the outdoors, adventure, and movement. Soon after, Marra started the journey to healing with physical fitness and nutrition. Hungering for healthy excitement and adventure she worked as a Disaster Relief Worker, then went to college to become an outdoor guide but fell in love with a frozen continent that rerouted her story and was the catalyst for meeting Morgan.
In 2003, Morgan and Marra Watson moved to a more hospitable environment, went back to school to become personal trainers, and started a family. Their work became training; their vacations were climbing. They moved to Eugene in 2010 where the rain drove their climbing indoors to Crux.
A few years into their Crux Membership they took an interest in improving the gym and approached one of the original owners, Debbie, about enlarging the upstairs fitness studio and putting a health cafe downstairs. This interest led Debbie to ask Marra and Morgan if they would consider purchasing Crux. It seemed the best of two worlds to them, combining their love of climbing with their love of helping people reach their fitness goals, and they said yes.
“We are stoked to be a part of Crux’s next chapter and extremely grateful to Debbie and Ron Vickrey for what they started and gave to our community,” the couple says. ”Ron’s forward thinking, vision, passion, boldness, and ingenuity, gave Eugene a place to train and climb all year round and an awesome community of climbers.”
Morgan and Marra are all about community, climbing, and cleanliness. Marra is always moving around getting things done, while Morgan is more chill and go-with-the-flow. Most days you’ll find Marra behind the desk making lists of improvements and working on them with staff, while Morgan hangs from a wall forerunning routes; it’s their perfect balance that makes it work. This duo is often around, so stop in and say hi!
To assure that our climbers have a safe-and-sound climbing adventure at Crux, our experienced staff frequently perform complete safety inspections. We inspect all anchors, ropes, draws, carabiners, lead bolts, fasteners, and belay devices. Any equipment that does not pass is immediately replaced.
As an additional safety feature, and to make everyone’s climbing easier, we use fixed grigris. For those of you who haven’t used one, a grigri is a belay device, made by Petzl, that improves climbing safety because it locks when tension hits the rope.
Our experienced route-setters set a wide variety of routes so that climbers of all skill levels may enjoy climbing at Crux; and they change those routes weekly so climbers are challenged and inspired. Our many beginning and intermediate routes, plus our complex routes for super-climbers, make rock climbing at Crux accessible to, and fun for all climbers.
Drop in and experience our cool rock climbing facilities! You’ll fall in love with our Eugene rock gym!
MON - FRI:
6:00 AM -10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
All climbers must have a current signed waiver on file. Under 18 must have a parent sign for them.
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401 West 3rd Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
MON - FRI: 6:00 AM -10:00 PM
SAT: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
SUN: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM