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! 

unleaSHEd: Women's Adventure Fest 2019



Mark your calendars for June 21 - 23, 2019! Knoxville’s premier Women’s Adventure Festival is back; brought to you by Onsight Rock Gym and REI Knoxville. The festival will start on Friday night with an awesome kick off party with food sponsored by Rebel Kitchen, wine, and beer sponsored by Elkmont Exchange, meet + greet with our special guests and professional climbers, an lots of RAFFLES! The rest of the weekend will be filled with all women clinics, meet-ups, food, and lots of partying to celebrate all the amazing women in adventure sports. We are psyched to have you join us!

proceeds from the raffles sales, FOOD/DRINK

donations, + a portion of the ticket sales from

the event will be donated to

Girls Inc of greater Knoxville


EARLY Registration - April 5 to May 31: $49.95 (shirt size guaranteed)

Late Registration/Day Of - June 1 to June 21: $59.95 (shirt size not guaranteed)

INCLUDES: Access to all clinics and meet-ups (Saturday/Sunday, as space allows) | unleaSHEd Tank Top | Friday Opening Event with Appetizers by Rebel Kitchen, Wine, and Beer from Elkmont Exchange | Saturday Lunch by SoKno Tacos | Snacks + One Pint of Beer at Elkmont Exchange at Saturday’s After Party | Giveaways and Samples from Various Vendors | One Raffle Ticket

Participants can add in a HANDMADE, LIMITED EDITION unleaSHEd Chalk Bag MADE BY STATIC CLIMBING for $20


This year, we are offering a limited number of VIP TICKETS! VIP Participants will include all goodies from regular registration PLUS early access to sign up for clinics PLUS a private climbing session with Michaela Kiersch & Margarita Martinez PLUS a limited edition, custom, handmade unleaSHEd Chalk Bag!

*MUST SIGN UP BY JUNE 1ST to take advantage of early clinic registration*



Michaela Kiersch is a professional climber. Michaela Kiersch has transformed her indoor competition success to become one of the best climbers in the United States. Whether it's hard boulders like Crown of Aragorn (8B or V13) in Hueco Tanks or endurance test pieces such as Joe Blau (8c+ or 5.14c) in Oliana, Michaela is extremely motivated to accomplish her goals. Since she's graduated from DePaul University in 2017, all her energy is focused in climbing and we're excited to see where she takes it.  

Photo: @ofallnationsmedia

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Margarita Martinez came to the USA at the age of 16 to dance with the Cincinnati Ballet Company. Graduated from College. Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and a masters in Spanish Literature. Dance professionally till the age of 28. Have three kids Michael, Jennifer, and David, also three grandkids. Taught ballet and Spanish after at several Universities and privately taught classical ballet. Discovered climbing at the age of 34 to get over a fear of heights. Climbed at the ASCF (American Sport Climbing Federation) USA climbing team in the mid-90s. Participated and won Pan-American Climbing Games in Mexico 1996. Stopped climbing from age 45 to 49 to build a wedding cake business called Classic Confection Cakes came back to climbing and teaching dance at the age of 50. At the age of 58 did my first 13d at Maple Canyon called Whole Shot. Still climbing after several injuries and inflammatory arthritis. There is more info if you want to listen to

Carly Pierson: In 2002, while working as a wildland firefighter for the National Park Service, Carly suffered a fall leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. After her injury, she became active in numerous sports like snow skiing, triathlons, handcycling, and water skiing. Being very active prior to her injury, sports became an important aspect of bridging the gap between her life before the injury and after. “It’s not really about specific sports or how you go about playing, what’s important is getting out there, redefining yourself and finding an outlet.” Carly, has two children, ages eleven and five. Outside of taking care of two children, Carly is a motivational speaker, the co-director of Knoxville Sled Hockey adaptive team, and mentor for the Tennessee Survivors Network Program through UT Medical Center.


Taylor Carpenter: Hi my name is Taylor, I am the founder of STATIC Climbing! I fell in love with climbing while I was living in Mammoth about a decade ago. When I moved down to San Diego in 2013 I was surrounded by so many incredibly talented friends they really gave me the inspiration to set out on my own path. My grandparents bought me my first sewing machine for my 24th birthday and I taught myself how to sew. From the first chalk bag I ever designed which took 3 1/2 days to having a line in REI and shipping STATIC gear to climbers around the world, it has truly been the adventure of a lifetime. Running your own company and being your own boss is by far the toughest thing I have ever done, but at the end of the day I can look back and really feel proud that I am living my own dream and nothing feels better than that.  

Photo credit: Alex @venomblackbird

Schedule and clinics:

FRIDAY, JUNE 21st: kick off party sponsored by rebel kitchen

unleaSHEd kicks off on Friday night with RAFFLES, climbing, food, and more! Join us for the start of an amazing weekend. Rebel Kitchen will be providing scrumptious snacks and appetizers on Friday night! We will also have wine, beer from Elkmont Exchange, and juice tastings by Nekter Juice Bar. We will be hosting 10-15 min presentations from our guest speakers/panelists. In addition, you will have the rare opportunity to watch Michaela Kiersch in person as she attempts the Unleashed Onsight Challenge!!

6:00 PM: Doors Open

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Raffles, Mingling, Appetizers by Rebel Kitchen, Panelist presentations & Q & A’s, Juice tasting by Nekter Juice Bar, Unleashed Onsight Challenge

9:00 PM: Doors close

SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY will be PACKED FULL with a variety of clinics and meet-ups (see clinic details/schedule here), both off site around town and at Onsight Rock Gym!

From Intro to Climbing classes to Climbing Technique classes taught by our guest professional climbers (Michaela Kiersch and Margarita Martinez), we will a various climbing clinics throughout the weekend at Onsight Rock Gym for all levels of climbers. Other clinics will be offered on a variety of topics including nutrition, pelvic health, antagonist work, strength and fitness, goal setting, campfire cooking, and more! Off site meet-ups include yoga sessions by Lululemon, a 5K run, a group mountain biking session, and paddleboarding!

Breakfast will be provided by Lululemon at both morning yoga sessions and bagels will be provided by Onsight and served at Onsight Rock Gym

Lunch from SoKno Tacos will be provided to all festival participants on Saturday. Various vendors will be at Onsight Rock Gym throughout the weekend to shower you with lots of giveaways and samples! Captain Muchacho’s Food Truck will be at Onsight Rock Gym Sunday from 11AM - 1PM with food for purchase (10% of all food sales will be generously donated to Girls Inc)!

After Party - Join us Saturday night for an after party at Elkmont Exchange. Snacks and appetizers will be provided and all festival participants receive ONE FREE PINT OF BEER!

Click Here to view DETAILED clinic information, times, and instructors or click the images below for a quick look at clinic schedules and Timelines


ADDITIONAL SPONSORS: Dry Pointe  |  Rumpl  |  Deuter  |  Kicking Horse Coffee  |  Mammut  |  barre3 Knoxville | Woof + Wild