Onsight Rock Gym

5335 Western Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37921

(865) 888-9123

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5335 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN, 37921


Onsight Rock Gym is a brand new, world-class indoor rock climbing gym in Knoxville. Featuring over 12,000 sq feet of climbing surface and walls that soar over 50 feet tall, we are Knoxville's largest and tallest rock climbing gym. Onsight offers top rope/lead climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities as well as a wide array of programming for adults and youth. Onsight even has a separate climbing room for private parties and events. We are proud to be a part of Knoxville's community! 


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Illustrator and Climber Extraordinaire

Yolanda Chen

We have been so lucky to have our good friend and artist, Sophie Binder, share her incredible talents with Onsight Rock Gym. From day one, Sophie has been involved with all aspects of graphic design for this project. Her work resonates throughout Onsight both behind the scenes and within the facility. Sophie's latest project has been designing Onsight's Limited Edition Grand Opening T-shirts, which will going to production very soon! 

Sophie Binder is a free-lance designer/illustrator and a native of France. She studied art and design at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Appliqués Duperré in Paris, then worked as a designer in France, Italy, and the United States for the past 30 years. She has been involved with numerous projects throughout the world.

Sophie’s work has also brought her close to conservation and non-for-profit organizations and the outdoor industry. She counts among her clients Petzl International, Rock & Ice, Ouray Ice Festival, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, FMCS, US Fish and Wildlife Services, MO Department of Conservation, Patagonia, Toulouse Blagnac airport in France...among others.  

She has illustrated and co-published four books in France for the publishing company Privat. Sketching and illustration haves always been at the core of Sophie’s life, both professionally and privately. In 2001, she put her belongings in storage and embarked on a 14 month-“field study” and circled the globe on her bicycle with sketchbooks and watercolors stowed in her bike bags. She came back with 600 sketches of people, places, architecture and animals, believing even more in the power of drawing. After her voyage, she settled in St. Louis where she currently freelances in graphic design, illustration, web design and commissioned art.  In 2013, She self-published a book about her journey: The World Two Wheels and a Sketchbook. You'll be able to buy a copy for yourself at the Grand Opening Celebration on April 23, where Sophie will be present for a book signing.

When not working, she splits her time between her passions for rock climbing and art.

Soft Opening Officially Begins

Yolanda Chen

The wait is FINALLY over and we are so excited to get all the pre-opening members in here to boulder with us. As of now, ONLY the bouldering area will be open for climbing. The roped areas are still under construction and hopefully will be done by the end of the month. We will open up more climbing areas as they become available. 

Members, come on in during our scheduled bouldering sessions to start training for the upcoming spring climbing season! We have two members only bouldering sessions scheduled so far: 




Check back regularly on our events calendar as more members only climbing hours become available. It's not too late to purchase a pre-opening membership so you can get in some bonus climbing before your annual membership even begins! We are still shooting for a late March/early April grand opening day. 

Lastly, thanks to all of our amazing volunteers who came out on short notice to help install the heavy duty vinyl cover on the flooring in the bouldering area. We are putting on the finishing touches today and tomorrow and we'll be ready for all you members to come in and crush on Friday! 

Here is a fun time lapse of the flooring cover installation. This goes to show just how awesome Knoxville's climbing community is. We are so ecstatic to be a part of it and watch it grow! 

Pre-Opening Annual Membership FAQ

Yolanda Chen

Our pre-opening annual memberships (for both adults and youth) are now for sale at our online store! After our Facebook announcement earlier this week, we have been getting a lot of questions about our pre-opening membership special. Here is an in-depth FAQ list that will hopefully help clarify some of the questions you may have. If you have more questions, please email us at: We will try to add on to this list as more questions come in. Thank you for your continued support towards our mega project! 

What does this mean for me?  You get unlimited climbing during special pre-opening hours. Prior to the Grand Opening, all trial classes and training clinics will be free! Not only will you be able to come in and climb before the rest of Knoxville does, we'll be sending you invites to members only events before we open to the public, just to make you feel even more special. 

So when exactly can I start climbing?  NOW! We are currently in our soft opening phase and have members only climbing hours available 1-3 times a week. Get in on it and start climbing today! 

What will your pre-opening hours be?  Members only climbing hours vary week to week, depending on construction. Currently members are getting in about 1-3 times a week for climbing, classes, fitness and yoga. 

When will you be posting your pre-opening hours? Members only climbing hours are posted on a weekly basis and can be found on our events calendar. 

Will there be a way to preview the gym before buying a pre-opening membership? We have been doing sneak peek preview tours of the facility on a regular basis. Look for more tours to become available by checking back regularly on our website and Facebook page. 

Will you have climbing instruction or training sessions available during your soft opening? As a loyal and valued member, you will be invited to attend any of the trial classes or group training sessions as they become available.

Can I get top rope or lead certified during this time?  Yes, we encourage you to get your certifications done before the Grand Opening.

How much do I need to pay?  The price for our annual membership is only $599 (all memberships are subject to local TN sales tax of 9.25%). Your annual membership won't officially begin until Grand Opening Day, so all of the climbing you get in before that is FREE! And who doesn't like free things?!

Don't you have a monthly payment option? Once we are fully open to the public, we will definitely be offering a monthly EFT payment option for membership. You can find out more information about our membership options here. However, to take advantage of the pre-opening period and get in to climb before grand opening day, you must purchase an annual membership.

How long will this pre-opening special be going on? Pre-opening memberships will be available for a limited time. When we get close to ending the sale, we'll be posting updates on Facebook. Let's just say...while supplies last.