The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Currents

July 7, 2013

MSU rock-climbing wall offers adventure for all

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

(Continued)

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 AEP@mnsu.edu; 389-5435; www.mnsu.edu/adventure; www.facebook.com/mnsuadventure/

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Currents
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Allison Williams Will Star as Peter Pan in Live TV Broadcast Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Ariana Grande's Troubled Relationship With Father Is Beyonce Apartment Hunting Solo? Go Inside The Rumored New Digs EXCLUSIVE! Jesse McCartney is a Geeky Guest Star on 'Young and Hungry'—Watch Now! "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Ripped Ripa! Watch Out Kelly's Got Guns Kate Upton Told to Lose Weight Maksim Chmerkovskiy on his "DWTS" Future Bikini-rific! Hilary Duff Wows in New Music Video Ian Somerhalder Puckers Up for One Lucky Fan "Bachelorette" Runner-Up Drops a Bombshell "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Sexy Celeb Hook-Ups at 2014 Comic-Con "Housewives" Celeb Shares Bikini Photo Album Zayn Malik Gets Death Threats for #FreePalestine Tweet One Direction's Liam Payne Strips off on Instagram