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Indoor Rock Wall to be Built on Campus

A new indoor rock climbing wall on campus is expected to be ready in July.

Amanda Dyslin, Mankato Free Press, 3-18-2012

MANKATO — In the five weeks that the new outdoor rock- climbing wall behind Gage Complex at Minnesota State University was open to users last fall, 650 people came to use it.

And that’s not just stu­dents, said Sam Steiger, program coordinator of the Adventure Education Program; it’s community members, too. The popular­ity of the wall is a pretty good indication that the indoor wall, soon to be built in Myers Field House, will be a big draw to students, MSU staff and community members.

“I’ve been excited about it because there’s no climb­ing opportunities, for the most part, from the Cities to Iowa,” said Steiger, who has 20 years experience in the adventure education industry, including rock­climbing in southern California. “It’s opening up a new recreational opportu­nity for the community.”

Construction of the $150,000 wall by Nicros Inc. will begin toward the end of May, after the end of the spring semester, and should be completed by July 9. The 2,000 square­foot wall will be able to hold 12 climbers at once and will have a foam land­ing surface at its base.

Twelve people will be hold­ing the ropes for users.

The structure will be built in the south- east cor­ner of Myers, adjacent to Stadium Road, and will be used for Human Performance Introduction to Climbing classes, as well as be open for public use in the fall semester.

One of the coolest parts about the rock wall is that there is a column component that will allow users to climb completely around it, Steiger said, with a climbable criss- cross crack in the back.

There will be open climbing hours when students can use the wall for free.

Area residents can use the wall during designated hours at a cost of $12 each visit. Community ed classes and private groups will also be able to use the wall.

Three staff members will monitor climbers at all times, Steiger said.

“It’s definitely set up for family usage,” Steiger said.

Staff in the Adventure Education Program at MSU proposed the wall after the completion of the outdoor wall last summer.

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