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Winter 2008 | Volume 24 Number 2
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The W to offer
Waverly area’s first climbing wall

Kayla Rosenbaumby Whitney Free ’08

One of the newest recreational options to come to the Cedar Valley is The W’s
30-foot tall climbing wall.

The wall can hold up to six climbers at one time, and there are no height or weight restrictions. Climbers will utilize equipment such as a harness and rope and will also receive the assistance of a belayer.
The W staff will be trained in belaying and other necessary safety procedures. Sessions in belaying also will be offered so members can become certified.

The climbing wall is open to members three hours per night, five nights per week and five hours on Saturday and Sunday. Members of The W can use the wall for free. Group rentals cost $8 per climber, with a minimum charge of $80 for a two-hour rental. For more than two hours, the rental cost is an additional $4 per climber, per hour. The rental fee includes staffing and equipment.

Justin Jackson, associate director of The W, will oversee the operations of the wall and group rentals. He believes the climbing wall is a great addition to the new facility.

“I think it will add a great look and will be a conversation piece, as it is the first in Waverly,” he added.

Jim Langel, executive director of The W, agreed.

Kayla Rosenbaum climbs up the wall
Kayla Rosenbaum ’09 of Waucoma, Iowa, steadies herself as she climbs farther up the climbing wall.

“Climbing is a fun activity that is hard to get involved in because there aren’t many places locally that offer climbing walls,” he said.

“Climbing is a great team–building exercise, and we’re hoping area clubs and organizations will take advantage of that.”

Prior to The W, the nearest climbing wall was at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. All members of The W can use the wall, as well as people who pay for a guest pass.

The W’s wall was ordered from Nicros in St. Paul, Minn., said Jackson. According to the company, construction begins with the erection of primary steel frames. Casting is attached via a secondary frame that is welded to the primary frame. Panels, which are 6 to 7 feet tall and 6 to 7 feet wide, are attached, and embossing closes the gaps. The wall can be modified for different climbing levels by moving the grips.

The W’s general contractor, Cardinal Construction, selected Nicros and supervised the company’s work, said Gary Grace, Wartburg vice president for administration. “Nicros is an industry leader in the design and construction of climbing walls,” he added. “The company has erected climbing walls throughout the United States and in five other countries. Nicros has also put up walls throughout Iowa at Hoover Middle School in Waterloo, Iowa State in Ames, the University of Iowa in Iowa City and Luther College in Decorah.”

 

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