Try Indoor Climbing for Free, Aug. 18

Find out for no cost, what indoor climbing really is at Crimper’s Climbing Gym, 100 Central Ave., Christiansburg, as it celebrates Global Climbing Day, Saturday, Aug. 18, 3 to 7 p.m. Crimper’s invites you to experience the sport of indoor climbing for free.

“Global Climbing Day is a celebration of how a vertical challenge can unite us and bring out the best in us” said John H. Johnson, Crimper’s Climbing CEO.

On Global Climbing Day, indoor climbing gyms and outdoor climbing spaces around the world celebrate the fun and virtues of the sport. Climbing is not only about physical skills and strength, but a sport that develops focus and stamina and friendships.

Guests can try Augmented Reality climbing games from 4 to 6 p.m., and experience a Dyno Comp starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy the action as climbers attempt to leap great distances from starting holds to target holds.

Taqueria Bravo food truck will be at Crimper’s from 4 to 7 p.m.

The North Face, the company that creates the clothing and gear needed for climbing, coordinates the event worldwide.

Join us to celebrate Global Climbing Day, Johnson said. Gear giveaways and raffles will be part of the event. The North Face will donate $1 to the Khumbu Climbing Center for every climber who participates, up to $100,000.

The Khumbu Climbing Center, located in Nepal, is a vocational program for Nepali to learn climbing skills, mountain safety, rescue, and wilderness first aid to work with the Mt. Everest base camp.

Here at Christiansburg, Crimper’s has been a premier indoor climbing space since 2012 and introduced many individuals to the sport. It is a venue for birthday parties, one of the most popular ways to first try climbing. Crimper’s also hosts events for work place retreats, and teambuilding. Groups such as 4-H and Scouts regularly use Crimper’s as part of their programs to teach leadership and cooperation.

Crimper’s is part of USA Climbing, the national governing body for competitive climbing in the United States and regularly hosts regional competitions. Crimper’s trains a youth team that has been participating in regional competitions.

The sport of climbing will be part of the 2020 Olympic Competition in Tokyo.

Johnson also cautioned that climbing is a physically demanding sport and has inherent dangers. Everyone, including those just watching, must sign a visitors’ agreement. Youngsters must be at least 5 years old for the top-rope or auto-belay climbing and 8 years old to work on the boulder wall. Anyone under 14 years old must be directly supervised.

Information and the Visitors’ agreement is on the Crimper’s Climbing Gym website, www.crimpersclimbing.com.