The grand opening of the new rock climbing wall at the Student Recreation Center allowed gym patrons to reach new heights.
The wall, located on court seven in the SRC, opened Aug. 8 for private use, but the grand opening took place yesterday. The wall stands approximately 31 feet tall and features six top ropes enabling six climbers at a time to pursue multiple routes on their way to the top.
The wall also features a bouldering section, allowing climbers to freely climb a shorter portion of the wall without assistance from University Recreation staff.
“The rock wall is great,” Jonathan Stahl, assistant director for adventure programs and experiential learning, said. “It features phenomenal routes set up by numerous route setters from different gyms in the area, and gives beginning climbers, all the way up to experienced climbers, a good experience.”
Stahl said people in the climbing community are excited that the wall offers top-roping, a feature not included in the old wall. Although the wall is in its early stages, Stahl does not figure any major changes or add-ons will take place in the near future.
Freshman Kimberly Valle was one of the first students to climb the new wall.
“The wall is a lot of fun,” Valle said. “Many of the routes I took were challenging, which makes getting to the top very rewarding.”
Although it was a quiet day for the grand opening, Stahl is optimistic when it comes to the success of the wall in the future.
“I imagine a lot of people will come through and climb the wall,” Stahl said. “The wall is actually a bit small for an institution of this size, so hopefully it will grow. I believe this is just the beginning and will only lead to bigger and better things.”