Adventus holds ground breaking

Adventus co-founder Rachel Hobson, 5.Life representative Carrie Roccos, Adventus co-founder Jamie Monagan, Adventus partners Mike Pollock, Jon and Laura Hoag, Nick Mossing, Climbing Manager Ben Waggoner, and partners Meridith and Matt Moran break ground to mark the beginning of construction for the new climbing center. Partner Dave Ledrick is not pictured.

The Adventus Climbing partners held a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 1 at their new location at 2900 N. Reynolds Rd. The area’s first full-service climbing center is under construction with plans to open its doors in June, 2023. The facility will be 12,000 square feet with a climbing surface of 10,217 square feet. The wall height will be just under 40 feet and it will be manufactured by Walltopia, a company that designs and manufactures the most advanced climbing facilities in the world.

The property is located across the street from ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital and has direct access to Wildwood Preserve Metropark via the University/Parks Trail of Metroparks Toledo. It’s also minutes away from Interstate 475/23.

The climbing center will feature bouldering, top roping, auto-belays, and lead climbing, in addition to a training wall. Fitness equipment, showers, refreshments, a retail shop and a party room for groups will also be available. There will be an outdoor space with a fire pit, slacklining and bicycle parking. Team building facilitation and group outing opportunities with credentialed leaders, partner consultants, and expert business advisors will also be offered.

Adventus Climbing began with the vision of co-founders Jamie Monagan and Rachel Hobson.They have a seasoned team, including Laura and Jon Hoag, co-owners of CycleWerks Bicycle Fitness, and Matt Roberts from 5.Life (https://5.Life). 5.Life owns and operates climbing gyms in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Other team members include Mike Pollock, Nick Mossing, Meridith and Matt Moran, and Dave Ledrick
Ben Waggoner is the Climbing Manager for Adventus. Ben is an experienced professional who has been climbing (bouldering, sport, trad, and ice) for over 20 years. Ben also serves as the northwestern Ohio regional coordinator for the Ohio Climber’s Coalition.

“As a co-founder of Adventus Climbing, I am a big believer that we are born with playfulness and that recreation brings us together. This climbing center can create that experience for our community,” Monagan said.

“I’m passionate about the collaboration that climbing facilities create and the connections that organically emerge. We are creating space for everyone to climb—it’s that simple,” added co-founder Hobson.

“The Adventus Climbing center will expand local opportunities to build healthy people, healthy families, and healthy communities,” said Jonathan Hoag, Co-Owner CycleWerks Bicycle & Fitness. “My wife, Laura, and I are honored to be a part of the exceptional team of partners and to introduce our friends, family, and fellow fitness enthusiasts to the challenge and fun of climbing.”


This project is in collaboration with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, the Small Business Administration, and CBS (Cooperative Business Services), a credit union cooperative supporting 140+ credit unions in over 15 states.

“The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is proud to be a financing partner for the Adventus Climbing project,” said Thomas J. Winston, president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “Adventus Climbing will be a great addition to our community, serving climbers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. We are pleased to be an economic resource for small businesses and drive economic development within the Toledo Region.”

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