Climbing Wall available for use by the community, groups

January 3 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Looking for something new to do in your leisure time or to jazz up your fitness routine? A trip to Indiana State University’s Arena will literally take you to new heights.

The ISU Sycamore Climbing Wall is 30 feet high with four changeable climbing routes with different degrees of difficulty. There is also a bouldering line for low climbing. Designed and engineered by Wilderness Solutions of Bloomington the wall boasts 950 square feet of climbable surface area.

John Lentz, director of Recreational Sports, said regulations for use of the wall place a heavy emphasis on safety. All climbers are required to go through brief instruction on climbing and be able to demonstrate skills and use of commands. Climbers must also use a belayer, a person trained to hold the rope and lower a climber.

The Sycamore Climbing Wall is a unique recreational facility available to Wabash Valley residents, Lentz said. The nearest climbing wall is in Bloomington, he added.

The Climbing Wall is open Monday-Thursday from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The wall, a fixture at Indiana State since 2003, can be utilized by community groups, such as youth groups, and anyone over the age of 18. To make reservations, contact the ISU Office of Recreational Sports at (812) 237-4097. Community groups will need to provide a certificate of insurance.

Use of the climbing wall is included in the adult single Recreational Sports membership. Members can also access the Tirey Hall and Arena pools, North Gym, racquetball courts and weight room. Adult Wabash Valley residents can purchase a membership for $35 per month, $145 for six months or $240 for a year. A $5 day pass is also available.

For more information on the climbing wall and using ISU’s recreational facilities, call the Office of Recreational Sports at (812) 237-4097.

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Contact: John Lentz, director, Recreational Sports, (812) 237-4097 or jlentz1@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Looking for something new to do in your leisure time or to jazz up your fitness routine? A trip to Indiana State University’s Arena will literally take you to new heights.

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