COLUMN: Time to climb the walls

The newly opened (and absolutely awesome) Cube Climbing Centre at Selkirk College’s Mary Hall is offering many programs.

By this time of the season cabin fever can make you want to climb the walls. Gladly, we now have just the place you can do that in Nelson.

The newly opened (and absolutely awesome) Cube Climbing Centre at Selkirk College’s Mary Hall is offering many programs from public climb to youth programs and school classes.

For 10 weeks starting February 3, sessions will take place twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Elementary youth (seven to 12 years) runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and secondary youth (13 to 18 years) at 4:30 to 6 p.m.. Cost is $75 plus GST for elementary students and $112.50 plus GST for secondary students for the 20 sessions.

Starting February 4 there are also opportunities for school classes in introductory climbing lessons of two hour sessions on Wednesdays, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., until April 27. Public climbing hours are open to all with a gym pass only (10 punch pass $72) for other options see

All other info contact or go to Open hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. It is closed Saturdays.

If you missed the last ski clinic this month you’re in luck. Or you may have mastered the last skill learned and want to learn some more, well… the Nelson Nordic Ski Club is holding another Ski Improvement Clinic on February 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at Apex. There is a $10 fee. Registration forms can be picked up at the Apex facility or contact Nancy Quackenbush If you haven’t quite got around to registering, there is still room available in the Guided Senior Ski sessions every Monday, starting February 2 for six sessions, contact

The MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) program has been successfully run in Nelson for over two years now and is continuing to be offered. It is a fun, free healthy lifestyle program that empowers children (seven to 13 years) and their families to become fitter and healthier.  Sessions run Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. for 10 weeks. The next session starts in February and facilitator Cathy Potkins encourages families to contact her to find out more about the program and see if it is a good match for your family. And there’s a bonus gift! Participating families receive a free, three month NDCC family pass while participating in the program and an additional free three month family pass at graduation from the program. Contact Cathy 250-505-4708 or email

Last but not least, the Kootenay Rhythm Dragon boaters have changed their AGM date to Monday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m. for dinner at the Hume hotel.