Eldorado Climbing Walls, the expert in climbing wall construction, announces the completion of the world’s largest man-made outdoor rock climbing structure. Part of the Boy Scouts of America’s extreme sports village at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, this climbing facility will be unveiled at the 2013 National Jamboree.
A total of 60,000 square feet of rock climbing terrain, the climbing facility is divided into two areas: The Rocks and Boulder Cove. All climbing terrain is constructed from Eldorado’s SHOTRock product and entirely hand-sculpted to mimic the local rock styles and climbing features of the New River Gorge.
“We are honored to have been selected by the Boy Scouts of America to complete a project of this massive scope and size,” said Jerad Wells, CEO of Eldorado Climbing Walls. He continues, “The climbing facility at The Rocks and Boulder Cove truly showcase the amazing climbing wall design and climbing wall construction capabilities of our team. We look forward to seeing this facility inspire a love of rock climbing in current and future generations of Scouts.”
“Eldorado Climbing Walls has been a fantastic partner,” said Tom Wagner, High Adventure Project Manager for Trinityworks. He continues, “From conception of the project, operational plans, construction with weather delays, to climbing hold solutions, each phase has presented unique challenges. At every turn Eldorado’s crew has come to the table with solutions that have kept the project on schedule. They are a committed group of professionals that I would highly recommend, and I hope we get to work together again!”
The Rocks climbing area is dedicated specifically to the Scouts during the Jamboree. The most unique element of this massive climbing area is the “Leap of Faith,” where participants leap into the air from a height of 32 feet and are safely lowered to the ground by the TRUBLUE Auto Belay. Other features include:
- Two rappelling towers with a total of 36 rappelling stations at a height of 32 feet (6 stations are dedicated “leap of faith” stations).
- Three climbing fins with 68 manual belay stations at heights from 21-30 feet.
- Two climbing fins with 33 TRUBLUE Auto Belay stations at heights from 25-35 feet.
- One 25-foot high climbing fin with 8 climbing stations (6 manual, 2 auto-belay).
- Six freestanding boulders with over 50 stations and an average height of ten feet.
Boulder Cove incorporates over 280 linear feet of rock climbing walls ranging for 19’ to 36’ in height. In this area, the Scouts and their families can enjoy the following features together:
- 12 TRUBLUE Auto Belay backed up rappel stations.
- 72’ linear foot rappel deck
- 25 TRUBLUE Auto Belay backed up climbing stations.
- Three distinct boulders averaging 13’ in height.
The Jamboree runs from July 15th to the 24th, 2013. Following the Jamboree, the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) and the climbing facility will be open for year-round Scout programming. The SBR will continue to host the National Jamboree every four years, and has been selected as the venue for the World Jamboree in 2019.
Written by: Candie Fisher on July 12th, 2013