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Announcing: Sender One Playa Vista

Announcing: Sender One Playa Vista

We are beyond excited to announce that Sender One Climbing is growing!  Coming to you in 2020, we will be opening a 7,000+ sq. ft. world-class bouldering facility in Playa Vista, California.  For the past 6 years, Sender One Climbing has been devoted to discovering ourselves and connecting with others through climbing.  We cannot wait to expand our community and continue to provide amazing climbing experiences for climbers new and seasoned.  


The Facility

This 7,000+ sq. ft. space will offer amazing and diverse bouldering walls, a welcoming climbing community, and offerings for new climbers, families, and more!  As with our Santa Ana and LAX locations, we will be working with Walltopia to provide you with the best terrain for all of your future projects and sends!  This is Sender One’s first bouldering-only location and we are so excited bring everyone a unique variety of bouldering routes, as well as the same world class experience they receive at our other full service gyms.


The Location

Sender One Playa Vista will be nestled in the Runway Playa Vista Community.  After your sending session you can catch a movie, grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants (or some Nice Cream, let’s be real), get your grocery shopping done at the next-door Whole Foods, and so much more!  

Map of Los Angeles depicting Playa Vista Location


This is really exciting, but … what is bouldering?

Bouldering is a form of climbing where no climbing gear (ropes and harnesses) is required.  All you need are some shoes, chalk, and a desire to send!  Indoor bouldering routes are on walls of 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!  We cannot wait for you to come climb with us! 

Climbers bouldering at Sender One LAX


Opening 2020

We are so proud to be expanding climbing opportunities to so many more people and wish we could blink and make it happen immediately!  Construction takes a bit of time, however, and the plan is to be opening our doors in 2020. Follow along on our Instagram, Facebook, or at the Sender One Playa Vista home page for updates and job opportunities.



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Sender One Climbing | Gym to Crag

Sender One Climbing | Gym to Crag

At Sender One, one of our core values is to share our passions with others.  Our biggest passion is (you guessed it!) rock climbing!  It is an activity that has impacted each of our lives in different and meaningful ways, and we are psyched every day to share our space and love for climbing with you all! 

new climbers | experienced climbers | excited kids | climbing teams
spectators | yogis | fitness fanatics

When thinking about all of the amazing people we share climbing experiences with, we recognize that we have an awesome opportunity to use our platform to highlight some of the best practices for when anyone takes their passions outdoors.  While hiking to your projects, sending your favorite climbs, photographing your adventures, and more, there are so many ways you can make sure you and your crew are leaving a minimal impact on the areas you visit.  This has always been an important topic, but is increasingly so as more people come to enjoy these outdoor spaces. 

From here on out, we are excited to be making information more accessible to all who walk through our doors, or follow our online platforms.  Here’s what we are up to, and what to keep an eye out for:




Keep an eye out for our Gym to Crag Logo on blogs that cover information related to conservation and Leave No Trace principles.  Share these with your friends and family to help spread the word!


Partnerships and Crag Cleanups


As a member gym of the Access Fund, we are excited to be hosting the Access Fund’s Conservation Team, as well as hosting local crag cleanups throughout the year! Keep an eye out for event announcements in our newsletters, and around the gym!


Athlete Clinics


We have some really exciting clinics in the works!  We’ll be bringing in athletes to share tips and guidance on their craft, while also encouraging best practices outdoors! Stay tuned on our events calendar (LAX and SNA) and social media for dates and details!




Over the course of the year we have several fundraisers on deck to support organizations such as the Access Fund, and other local climbing conservation groups.

To say we are excited is an understatement!  Many of us are frequent outdoor travelers, and we often see the places we love not being taken care of as best as they could be.  We are excited to help spread awareness regarding outdoor best practices, and can’t wait to share our stoke with you throughout the year!

Five Bouldering Games to Spice Up your Next Session

Five Bouldering Games to Spice Up your Next Session

Words by Brianne Schaer (Instagram: @brianneschaer)
Images by Crystal Tan (Instagram: @madambackwords)

Bouldering games are a creative way to let loose and have some fun with your friends at the gym.  Games can create a fun and casually competitive environment where you can push yourself beyond just trying to climb at the next v-level.

Sender One has some of the best setters around, and while the bouldering area is full of engaging problems, sometimes you want to shake it up and play by your own rules, so grab some friends and read over this list of our favorite bouldering games to spice up your next session! 



Number of people: 2+

Rules: This game begins when the first climber selects two start holds and makes a single move.  The next climber must repeat the same move, and add another.  This process continues with each climber adding an extra move to the climb.  If you fall, you’re out!  The game ends once everyone has fallen, when someone tops out, or when you run out of wall space. 


  • You can allow climbers to use any foot holds or you can specify which foot holds are on/off. 
  • Extend the length of each game by doing the moves in reverse order/down-climbing.



Number of people: 1+

Rules: Pick a route that everyone in your group can easily climb.  The first player climbs the route, skipping one hold.  The skipped hold is now off limits for both hands and feet. The next climber must climb the route, skipping that hold, as well as skipping an additional hold of their choice.  The game continues until there is only one player left standing!



Number of people: 3-5

Rules: Climbers stand in front of a wall section that has four different colored holds.  Just like in the party game of the same name, one person will call our the move (e.g. right hand blue) and the climbers will have to make that move.  You can do this by simply by having one person call out the moves, or if you want to get more technical, you can download a twister spinner app to your phone.  If you fall, you’re out!  Play continues until there is only one player left on the wall.



Number of people: 2+

Rules: Find a portion of the wall with lots of varied holds.  One person (or group of people) stands on the ground and points out the next hold the climber must use.  Use a pointer or if you don’t have one, then simply point with your finger and call out the hold name.  See who can stay on the wall the longest as you and your friends call our the moves. 


Simon Says

Number of people: 3+

Rules: This classic schoolyard game can also be fun on the climbing wall!  One person stays on the ground while the rest of your group finds a place on the wall.  The person on the ground will call out moves (e.g. Simon Says, right hand on blue).  Yo