Mar 12, 2024 - News

Local Limelight with Triangle Rock Club managing partner Joel Graybeal

Photo illustration of Joel Graybeal in a polaroid photo.

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Courtesy of Triangle Rock Club

Triangle Rock Club, the largest climbing gym operator in the Triangle, is currently building its biggest climbing facility yet at Raleigh's Salvage Yard redevelopment off Atlantic Avenue.

Why it matters: Managing partner managing partner Joel Graybeal has helped grow TRC to six different locations, from its original gym in Morrisville all the way to Richmond.

  • Its second Raleigh location at Salvage Yard — across the street from the Raleigh Iron Works development — will serve as its new flagship gym, Graybeal told Axios.
  • The under-construction facility, expected to open later this year, will be 40,000 square feet, including an area with 50-foot-tall clearances, and will be adjacent to a new location from Cary brewery Bond Brothers.

Axios spoke with Graybeal for our Local Limelight series. Answers have been edited for Smart Brevity.

🍽️ Favorite place to eat in the Triangle: Plates Neighborhood Kitchen in Raleigh.

📰 First read in the morning: USA Today. The print version. Really.

✈️ Favorite place to climb when not in a TRC gym: In a cockpit. I love to fly.  But it's an expensive hobby.

👶 What brought him to the Triangle: I though it would be the best place to raise the kids.

📕 Last great book he read:  "Younger Next Year" by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge.

Go-to podcast:  Not a podcast listener ... See reference to USA Today.

🚶How he unwinds: A daily dog walk with my wife.

🏖️ Favorite long weekend spot: Kiawah Island.

🕺 What are he's looking forward to: Dancing with my wife at our grandchildren's weddings!

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