In addition to the announcement of Sender One Playa Vista, our first-ever bouldering only climbing center opening in 2021, we'd like to introduce our fourth Sender One location, and second bouldering only facility in Westwood, CA. This welcoming neighborhood is in the middle of everything you need, except for climbing of course. With that said, hello, Westwood Village! We are thrilled to bring the Westwood community a world-class bouldering facility along with the phenomenal service Sender One provides.
Those who live in the area, are new to climbing or have been wanting to try climbing, may be wondering what the heck bouldering even is. Well, we're here to help! Bouldering is a form of climbing where no climbing gear (ropes and harnesses) is required. All you need are some climbing shoes, chalk, and a desire to climb! Indoor bouldering routes involve walls around 12-15 feet and are designed for climbers at every skill level. Climbs may be inclined, or overhung, powerful, or balance focused, or all of the above! The best part is that climbing is a puzzle for your own self-discovery in a supportive and fun environment.
Originally built in 1929, the soon-to-be Sender One Westwood is one of Westwood Village’s first six historical buildings. What once was the Mann Festival Theatre that opened in 1970, will now transform into a place for the community to discover themselves and connect with others through climbing. This building has preserved its historical significance for 90 years and we plan on maintaining what makes this location unique and special.
Prepare yourself for 10,000+ sq. ft. of diverse bouldering terrain, an inviting climbing community, and offerings for families and climbers of all levels. We will be working with Walltopia to bring our community beautiful and dynamic climbing walls that scale 12-15ft. Sender One Westwood will also be the place for all your fitness and yoga needs!
We are especially excited to open up a facility in an area that exhibits and welcomes diversity within the community of students, families, small business owners, and young professionals. Westwood Village is home to the historical preservation that encompasses itself with student-friendly restaurants, bars, theaters, and entertainment that can cater to each individual. Why is it student-friendly? UCLA is right down the street! With a short seven-minute walk from campus, students can finish their arduous day of classes and studying, then head over to the Village for a session of climbing at Sender One Westwood. If you’re hungry, you can grab some food at local surrounding restaurants. Check out more about Westwood Village here!
As it turns out, our very own, Alice Kao (CEO, Co-Founder), is an alumna from UCLA! Much like everyone else, Alice found her passion in life through climbing.
“When I went to the climbing gym, I found my community...I climb because it reminds me of a happy time in my life, and it reminds me of a time that climbing made me better. And that’s why I get on the wall – because when I’m climbing, the only thing I can focus on is me and the wall and everything else just gets tuned out.”
As an alumna, she is in touch with the Westwood and UCLA area and is very excited to connect more people through climbing! To find out more about Alice and her journey, click here.
We are so proud to be expanding climbing opportunities to so many more people and wish we could blink and make it happen immediately! That's just not how reality works, unfortunately. Construction can take a bit of time, and the plan is to open our doors in 2022. Follow along for updates and job opportunities through our social media platforms and website.