Come Rock the Rex with new climbing wall


Adams State University invites campus and community members to check out its new climbing wall at the grand opening event, "Rock'n at the Rex." The event is Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 6-9 p.m. at the Rex Activity Center, located at the corner of First St. and Edgemont.

The grand opening will offer refreshments and include a speed climbing competition, as well as skills verification for belayers. The public will be able to purchase Community Climbing Wall memberships: $120 for an annual membership, $85 for a semester, and $8 for a day pass.

Members of Adams State's climbing and mountain/cycling teams will be on hand, as will representatives of Kristi Mountain Sports and Crested Butte Ski Resort. Various student clubs will also have information tables.

"Adams State has seen an increase in rock climbing with the addition of our ASU Climbing Team. We're ecstatic about the new wall," said Elvie Conley, assistant director of Recreation and Intramurals. The wall covers 2,080 square feet and reaches 35 feet high. Constructed over the summer, the new wall offers more accessible climbing terrain and has 15 stations. Climbers can explore bouldering, lead climbing, adaptable terrains, dihedrals and aretes for technique training, and a rappel ledge.

Curt Howell, asst. director of Adventure Programs and Leadership, said, "We can maximize wall use and do much more education. This wall can accommodate more climbers with more diverse abilities. This is a huge resource, not only for our students, but for the community, as well."

The $200,000 wall was financed through the student-approved capital construction fee. The previous wall, installed during the facility's original renovation in 1995, was 1,800 square feet and had 9 stations. Community Memberships include access to climbing rental gear, classes/clinics, open bouldering (climbing without a rope) and access to roped climbing. Climbing hours and other details are available on the website (link below).

Among the clinics and classes to be offered are top rope belay classes, lead climbing classes, and eventually advanced clinics in technique and rappelling.

By Julie Waechter