Boy Scouts of America Summit Bechtel Reserve

From Rendering to Reality

Boy Scouts of America Summit Bechtel Reserve
Glen Jean, WV

A total of 60,000 square feet of rock climbing terrain, the climbing wall at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is the largest man-made outdoor rock climbing structure in the world.

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Part of the Boy Scouts of America’s extreme sports village at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, this climbing facility was unveiled at the 2013 National Jamboree. The climbing facility, which includes 70 TRUBLUE Auto Belays, is divided into two areas: The Rocks and Boulder Cove. The structure is entirely hand sculpted from SHOTRock to mimic the local rock styles and climbing features of the surrounding New River Gorge.



The Rocks 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 at The Rocks include:

  • Two Rappelling towers with a total of 36 rappelling stations at a height of 32 feet (six 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 21-30 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.


You can read the official press release here.


Product Used: SHOTRock

SHOTRock offers the beauty and realism of natural rock. Handsculpted and fully customizable, it is ideal for outdoor and wet/dry applications. SHOTRock can be sculpted to mimic the look of any rock found in nature – granite, sandstone, basalt, limestone and more; the perfect choice for a project intended to mimic the surrounding beauty of the New River Gorge. The heavy, solid glass fiber reinforced concrete surface truly feels like rock and is durable and weather resistant for all indoor and outdoor applications.