Rockwall goes up at the Red WOLF Center

By Bethany Gallimore and Taylor Love
On April 10, 2014

The Red WOLF Center is currently undergoing construction in preparation for new equipment that is sure to be popular with the daring and those fearless of heights--a rock climbing wall.

Carol Cummings, director of campus recreation, said construction for the 31-foot by 20-foot-4-inches wall began March 31. The wall is tentatively scheduled to open the week of April 21, depending on the drying time for the construction and the number of climbing trainers available.

The wall will be open six days a week depending on staff and training capacity, according to Cummings. The completed wall will also be furnished with climbing equipment, including harnesses and shoes for guests to use.

For safety reasons, Cummings said the wall will only be open to valid members of the Red WOLF Center and a waiver will have to be signed before first time climbers use the wall.

The idea for a rock wall construction was sparked 18 months ago through a campus survey, which asked students to indicate which new programs they would like to see developed in campus recreation.

“It’s something new, something that’s gaining popularity,” Cummings said. “It gives students an opportunity to try something new on campus.”

Cummings said that the rock climbing wall not only offers fun for members of the gym, but potential for education in the future with an informative clinic on how to properly climb the wall.

“The great thing about a rock wall is that it can be utilized at a simple or advanced level,” she said. “It gives a variety to new or experienced climbers.”

Brett Nickle, a freshman physical education major of Olathe, Kan., said he was excited to visit the rock climbing wall after hearing from a friend about the construction.

Nickle, who plays as first baseman for the baseball team, said the appeal of the wall will give him a reason to go to the gym.

Due to Nickle being an athlete, he said he does most of his training and exercise during practices and doesn’t go to the Red WOLF Center often. Nickle said he is sure he will make it over to check out the rock climbing wall when it is open.

An official date for the grand opening of the rock wall will be set once construction seems to be nearing an end.

Funding for the wall was supplied from within the Red WOLF Center budget, and paid for last year through student fees. The wall is being constructed by Nicros, Inc., out of Minnesota.

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