8/24: Celebrate World Climbing Day!

Crimper’s Climbing Gym has added new climbing areas to the indoor climbing gym. The new climbing walls provide more bouldering, top-roping, and climbing-specific training areas.

Saturday, Aug. 24, Crimper’s Climbing and The North Face are partnering to share the sport of climbing here at Crimper’s. “If you have never climbed, at Crimper’s we will be offering free climbing,” said John H. Johnson, CEO of Crimper’s, which is on Central Ave. in Christiansburg. In order to receive free climbing, new climbers must register for one of the Orientation classes by using the website, www.crimpersclimbing.com.

If you have been to Crimper’s, we are offering half day-price day-passes and rentals for all guests, he said. Crimper’s will open at noon Aug. 24 and free entry ends at 4 p.m. Youngsters must be at least 5 years old to climb.

“We name all of our climbing walls,” he said “Our new top-rope wall is called Godzilla. Our new bouldering wall is Tsunami and is located right beside our Wave wall. Our new purple wall, which greets everybody at the door, is the Pride Wall. In the training area we have upgraded with a new campus board, a Tension board, and the Splash wall, which is a project wall. Both the Tension Board and the Splash wall have apps that you can download on your phone to use while training.”

And, if you want to take your climbing to the next level, Crimper’s will be offering two free top-rope belay classes. Classes have limited space, so be sure to sign up using the website as soon as possible.

This expansion almost doubles the amount of climbing surface at Crimper’s. The new training areas offer climbers who want to raise their level of climbing the best tools to do so, while the Pride wall offers younger climbers more space to learn the basics.

These new areas, which have been part of our long-range plan, will help us welcome more people into our community. As one of the fastest growing sports in the world, indoor-climbing will be part of the lives of many young professionals and new students coming to the New River Valley, Johnson said.

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