Eldorado Climbing Walls Announces Completion of World’s Largest Outdoor Rock Climbing Structure


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.

bechtel panoramic

4 thoughts on “Eldorado Climbing Walls Announces Completion of World’s Largest Outdoor Rock Climbing Structure

  1. [...] Eldorado Climbing Walls built The Rocks climbing structure.  Watch at about 56 seconds into the following video for the Leap of Faith: [...]

  2. Chuck Treadway says:

    I have been working with ElDorado as the user of these climbing structures for the past 3 years. They are a great bunch of guys who were extremely cooperative and flexible and a huge asset in the success of the Jamboree.

    I had to work with two primary contractors, one was not very responsive but ElDo was awesome to work with!!! Each person I had the pleasure of working with had a “can-do” attitude and they were very professional in all matters.

    The finished product is unbelievable, the structures match the natural rock formations incredibly well.

    A big thank you to ElDo, especially Steve Holmes and Bryan Mallin, my primary contacts!!!

  3. Allen Yuricic says:

    Had a great time staffing the Jamboree at The Rocks. The Eldorado staff on site was great to work with. While the Summit plans on hosting Scouts every year for their high adventure program, the US Jamboree only occurs every four years. Looking forward to getting out there again. Thanks for the awesome work!

  4. Bryan Mallin says:

    Thanks Chuck! Working with you and the BSA team was a delight and I am personally grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this incredible project and journey with you. Cheers to you, your team and the new BSA Jamboree Climbing Facility… you and the entire team are truly a pleasure to work with! Enjoy…

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