A proposed indoor climbing facility has secured several corporate backers including Kootenay Co-op (above) and Valhalla Pure (below in story).

Indoor climbing gym advances to next stage

Kootenay Climbing Association is moving ahead with plans to build the new facility in Nelson.

The Kootenay Climbing Association is moving ahead with plans to build a new indoor climbing gym in Nelson after finalizing the design of the facility.

Following a discussion and feedback phase with the local community, it has now been confirmed that the facility will be constructed at the Selkirk College Mary Hall gymnasium on the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson.

The facility will include bouldering and roped climbing areas catering to all ages and abilities.

Following dedicated fundraising efforts, the community has stepped forward and contributed almost half of the $120,000 goal, with a number of local businesses signing on as major corporate sponsors, including Valhalla Pure and the Kootenay Co-op.

Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the fall and winter with the goal of raising a further $65,000. The association plans to open the facility in the winter 2014.

As part of ongoing fundraising and to celebrate the efforts made so far, The Kootenay Climbing Association will present Reel Rock 7 at the Shambhala Hall at the Tenth Street Campus on November 14.

“We will be making detailed plans for this season after the 14th of November, so we need the community to come out and contribute,” KCA President Shawn Tasker said.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. before the film commences at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation or free for attendees who sign up as “Wallbuilders.”

For more information contact Shawn Tasker at info@kootenayclimbing.com.

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