The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 7, 2013

MSU rock-climbing wall offers adventure for all

MSU's 'Outdoor Pinnacle' accommodates all levels of rock-climbers


Unlike the wall, the ropes course isn't a pay-to-play activity, so individuals and families can't come out and climb for fun. It's meant for groups that have set goals and reserve time, DeLong said.

MSU's experiential education program also uses the course for class work.

DeLong said programs are available to groups to combine use of the rock-climbing wall and the ropes course.

Both are usually open through early October and reopens in the spring, although the Gage implosion caused both to be off limits for a couple of weeks.

Use of the wall will be open again July 13.

Steiger said last spring that both walls on campus create a unique recreational opportunity that people can't get many other places.

“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 about 20 years experience in the adventure education industry, including rock-climbing in southern California.

Construction of the $150,000 indoor wall by Nicros Inc. took place last spring and was completed in July. The 2,000 square-foot wall can hold 12 climbers at once and has a foam landing surface at its base.

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

The program was granted the $150,000 from the university through One-Time Reinvestment Funding. The outdoor wall cost $150,000 and was funded through Institutional Equipment and Repair and Replacement Funding.

If You Go What Outdoor Pinnacle rock-climbing wall and Ropes Course, operated by the Adventure Education Program through the Office of Campus Recreation Where On the campus of Minnesota State University, south of the former Gage Towers, through parking lot No. 1, at the end of the road leading past the intramural sports fields. Parking Available near the ropes course for participants in AEP events. Cost Ropes course -- $40 per hour, per facilitator. (For example, if you schedule four hours with 30 students, the program rate would be $40 per hour times three facilitators times 4 hours = $480) Rock-climbing for community members -- Child Day Pass, $8; regular day pass, $12; one-month pass, $30; four-month pass, $60; eight-month pass, $110; one-year pass, $150; four-month family pass, $150 Reservations Ropes course reservations are encouraged a minimum of three weeks in advance. No deposit is required. Info; 389-5435;;

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