Spring climbing along the Wasatch Front can't officially begin until every resort but Snowbird, who still bravely clings to the last vestiges of winter, shuts down their lifts and awaits the coming summer season. Even then, the intermittent warmth of April and May, which invites you to sample the delicious bouldering in Little Cottonwood, is often punctuated with frigid rains and stray snowstorms, turning our beloved granite into finger-shredding daggers. To complicate matters, even when the sun decides to be a consistent presence during your pre and post work sessions, you discover that months of powder and turns does nothing to strengthen your toddler grip.

The solution, to Momentum Sandy founders, is to come kick down the doors to their latest and greatest offering for SLC's ravenous (and winter-weak) climbing crowd: Momentum Millcreek. A few days of pumping your lifeless noodles into Popeye-caliber cannons or pulling until your velvety hands look like hobbit feet and you'll be ready to scoff at the scramblers on Dogwood as you make your way to American Fork Canyon.

With over 23,000 square feet of bouldering problems, top rope walls and lead routes, Momentum Millcreek has more than a little bit of something for everyone. The new gym, which opened its doors last month, boasts standard cardio and weight training equipment as well as some innovative riffs on indoor climbing standbys (like the 30-foot-long poutre and 45-degree adjustable walls).

Designed by local legends, with help from all-time greats like Chris Sharma, the massive facility caters to all climbing styles. Bouldering fiends get an 18-foot wall while rope dopes and crack addicts get chiropractic overhangs reaching up to 50 feet. Drug-based clichés aside, Momentum Millcreek has a multitude of routes for climbers of every skill level and discipline. Stop by to shake off the rust, prep for some beautiful spring climbing and help wear down the grit on all those brand new holds.

For information on daily rates and long-term memberships visit Momentum Climbing's site or call the Millcreek location at 801-906-2132.    

Photos in this post courtesy of Momentum Climbing