Noah Bedwell ~ Guest Writer
The University of Lynchburg plans on building a new bouldering rock wall for students in Wakefield house in spring 2023.
Pictured above is Rise Up climbing gym, Downtown Lynchburg from: https://www.lynchburgvirginia.org/listings/rise-up-climbing/
Chief Innovation Officer in the Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at The University of Lynchburg, Savannah Cook, thinks the wall is, “a good amenity and will be totally free to students.”
Cook said, “We have a lot of student interest right now, that if we had it (the rock wall) on campus I wouldn’t need to go to rise up and pay all those fees,” and “It’s to Improve the student experience and potentially recruitment.”
Giving students an opportunity to climb and live a healthy lifestyle is a goal of the project.
Senior Aaron Walton, currently rock climbs about five times a week as his primary source of exercise.
Walton said, “it would get people into rock climbing more,” and that, “it’s hard to get down to the (rock climbing) gym downtown.”
Since the only rock climbing gym in town can be expensive for students, the new wall will give student outdoor enthusiasts a free chance to try out something new or hone in on their skills.
To check on the progress of the wall and find updates on the completion, make sure to check the university’s social media platforms and website for announcement of the ribbon cutting ceremony.