Who We Are / About Us

Who we are

In 1997 “Peak Performers” opened it’s doors at our location on Phillips and Emerson. After being open for years and establishing a close knit community, Peak Performers had to close it’s doors for undisclosed reasons. The site was sold to the YMCA, and became the “YMCA South Metro.”

Under the YMCA, the gym expanded into the suite next door, with showers and lockers added as well as Cardio and Weight equipment. The facility changed focus from being exclusively climbing, to encompass both climbing and general fitness.

In 2010, the YMCA sought to close the facility and sell the site, citing low numbers and falling memberships. “South Metro” no longer was a feasible site for their business. The community however, had other plans and the call went out statewide to other climbing gyms to help keep our community alive.

“On The Edge Rock Gym” heard the call and picked up the banner. We were able to preserve our gym, which at the time was the only place to climb in Jacksonville, FL. 2010 proved to be a big year as our facility reopened under the name The Edge Rock Gym.

Since 2010, we’ve been continuously adding and improving the site. Since reopening, we’ve added new Auto-belay walls, Bouldering walls, brand new padding, and revitalized the aging equipment on the fitness side of our facility as well as much more!

With fresh management and faces at the gym, new ideas are being explored to continuously expand and improve the gym. You can help by joining our community in our shared love for climbing, and getting psyched in our little corner of the world! Thanks for your time, and see you at The Edge!

Our Philosophy

We love climbing. We love climbing so much, that we want others to love it as much as we do.

We’re a community based gym that focuses on our members and youth competitive team first and foremost. We think climbing is a beautiful, freeing lifestyle sport that benefits the body as well as enriches the mind and strengthens the spirit. Climbing has a social aspect that we especially crave, and love how it brings folks together. Unlike a lot of other sports, climbers of all levels and walks of life are constantly seen at the crag encouraging, laughing, and loving together. We’re here for each other, and all we want- even when competing with others, is for everyone to succeed in unison. We’re here for our members, and our community- because they love climbing as much as we do.

That being said, we’re not here for your novel entertainment. When we say we love climbing, we mean it. We’re obsessed. We hate the idea of climbing gyms as amusement parks, and think the world would be better without another carnival climbing tower with greased up holds and rigged games. We’re also not a ninja warrior gym, though ninja warriors are always welcome. We’re here to climb, and get others to climb. We’re here to share our experiences with you, but not on our terms, not on your terms- but on Climbing’s terms.

 

Climbing Waiver

A Signed Waiver is Required For Everyone to Enter The Climbing Area. Parent / Guardian Must sign for Kids who are Under 18 and send a Photocopy of Drivers License if not accompanying their child.

ADDRESS

3563 PHILLIPS HWY. SUITE 702
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32207

PHONE

904.683.2512

EMAIL

info@theedgerockgym.com

CALENDAR

Events & Classes Calendar

HOURS

MON - THUR 11AM - 9PM
FRIDAY 11AM - 11PM
SATURDAY 9AM - 10PM
SUNDAY 1PM - 7PM

Management

Nathaniel Zwerling
Director of Operations, Head Routesetter

  • Age: 28
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Horsepens 40, Alabama
  • One thing you love outside of climbing: My dog, and trivia!
  • Is a hotdog of sandwich?: Yep! Anything between two slices of bread, including a bun sliced in half. Open-faced sandwiches included! Think like hoagies, meatball subs, etc. Is a taco a sandwich though?

Erik Boetcker
Director of Communications

  • Position: Director of Communication
  • Age: 24
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Rocktown, Georgia
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Magic
  • Is a hotdog a sandwich?: No. It’s a hotdog.

Evan Fullford
Retail Manager, Chief Instructor

  • Age: 22
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Rumbling Bald, North Carolina
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Animals
  • Is a hotdog a sandwich?: Dang…. Yeah….. I dunno, just yeah. Is a cheeseburger a sandwich? Yeah, I guess I’d call that a sandwich. But what other category would it fall into? An entree? Can a sandwich be an entree? Or a wrap? I could think of it as a wrap, but would it be the other way around? But a pita isn’t a sandwich, and that’s pretty similar to a hot dog….So yeah.

Aleah Denuptiis

  • Age:
  • Favorite Climbing Destination:
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing:
  • Is a hotdog a sandwich?:

Trevor Lynch
Shift Manager

  • Age: 24
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: North Carolina
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Surfing
  • Is a hotdog a sandwich?: Absolutely!

Brianna
Head Coach

  • Age: 24
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Magic Wood, Switzerland
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Nothing.
  • Is a hotdog a sandwich?: IS A HOT DOG A SANDWICH!!!!??? OH MY GOD. No. So here’s my best argument, if you tell a bunch of people “like hey, I’m going to have a sandwich party,” and you have hotdogs, they’d be like “Where’s all the sandwiches?” I don’t think it’s a sandwich. Words are what people associate with things, and if people don’t associate “sandwich” with hotdog, then it’s not a sandwich. No. It’s not a sandwich. I’ve got to belay this kid right now… It’s not a sandwich.

Ryan Oglesby
Shift Manager, Instructor, Routesetter

  • Age: 23
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Hueco Tanks, Texas
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Playing Music
  • Is a hotdog a sandwich?: No.

 

Routesetters

Nathaniel Zwerling

  • Age: 28
  • Height: 5’6”
  • APE Index: +0”
  • Years Climbing: 10+ years, 6 years of serious climbing
  • Years Setting: 3 years
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Horsepens 40, Alabama
  • Favorite Move to Set: Shoulder Press
  • Favorite Style to Climb: Gymnastic, and Slab
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Futuristic Sci-fi Thrillers!

 

Peter Dyszel

  • Age: 27
  • Height: 5’6”
  • APE Index: +4”
  • Years Climbing: 4 years
  • Years Setting: <1 Year
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Magic Wood, Switzerland
  • Favorite Move to Set: Shoulder Breaking Gastons!
  • Favorite Style to Climb: Compression
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Chemistry

Ryan Oglesby

  • Age: 23
  • Height: 5’9”
  • APE Index: +0”
  • Years Climbing: 4 Years
  • Years Setting: 3 Years
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Hueco Tanks, Texas
  • Favorite Move to Set: Slopey-Underclings and Thuggy Lock-offs
  • Favorite Style to Climb: Power-Endurance Roofs
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Playing Music

Evan Fullford

  • Age: 22
  • Height: 5’10”
  • APE Index: -1”
  • Years Climbing: 7 years
  • Years Setting: 2-3 years
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Rumbling Bald, NC
  • Favorite Move to Set: Dynamic Moves to Slopers
  • Favorite Style to Climb: Dihedral/Chimneys
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Backpacking

Chloe Chicola

  • Age: 24
  • Height: 5’3”
  • APE Index: +5”
  • Years Climbing: 2 years
  • Years Setting: <1 Year
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Horsepens 40, Alabama
  • Favorite Move to Set: Deep Crimp Lock-Offs
  • Favorite Style to Climb: Techy Roof Climbs
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Astro-Physics

Gabby Coker

  • Age: 20
  • Height: 5’8”
  • APE Index: +1”
  • Years Climbing: 3 Years
  • Years Setting: 2 Years
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Chattanooga, TN
  • Favorite Move to Set: All things Balancy and Flexible
  • Favorite Style to Climb: Vertical face climbing with bountiful crimps and edging
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Coffee

Chelsea Boetcker

  • Age: 28
  • Height: 5’4”
  • APE Index: +0”
  • Years Climbing: 7 years
  • Years Setting: <1 year
  • Favorite Climbing Destination: Rocktown, Georgia
  • Favorite Move to Set: Backflags
  • Favorite Style to Climb: Technical, lots of footwork
  • One Thing you love outside of climbing: Writing