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Climbing Walls

Climbing Walls
A climbing wall at the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H. By The White Mountain School - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36623750

Climbing walls have long been an attention-getter for all kinds of various organizations. Well, by “long” we can say, perhaps, for at least the past, what is it now, 40 years? 40 years. Four decades.

For four decades now, climbing walls have been the rave – an attractive feature that youth and adults cannot resist. For example, climbing walls are especially popular at universities and colleges around the country – or around the world, actually. There are organizations dedicated to maximizing the benefits of education through the use of climbing walls. For an example of the products and services offered by such an organization, click here.

Over time, the climbing wall has become…standardized. Necessary. Expected. Perhaps even, commonplace?

Use of climbing walls is the new normal – and education settings without them, from colleges and universities all the way down to elementary schools, are viewed as in want. Climbing walls – and good ones – challenging ones, are in demand. So – when things get commonplace, things have to be done to boost the excitement, yes!?!

Well, next level excitement can be found at the new and improved climbing walls. Check out the video seen here!

The question remains, however, whether or not these new climbing wall activities will be adopted by athletes training to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Yes! Check out the latest of this by clicking here!

By Dr. Rodney J. Blackman

Dr. Blackman is the Chair of Recreation Management at the United States Sports Academy, and can be reached at rblackman@ussa.edu.


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