REASONS TO HAVE A PROFESSIONALLY BUILT CLIMBING FACILITY IN WHITEHORSE
Support growth and interest in the climbing community.
Allow climbers, sports enthusiasts, and newcomers to the sport to have access to climbing on a yearly basis: winter, rainy summer days and without depending on school calendars.
Provide the opportunity to climb in a safe environment.
Prepare for outdoor climbing.
Promote physical and mental health.
Offer a proper training facility to the Yukon Youth Climbing team as they have lost their largest one.
Offer a place for youth to challenge themselves without being part of a structured climbing team.
In 2015, the group identified five climbing walls that were built in different facilities within Whitehorse; however, these walls were built in schools for educational purposes, and access is limited to students. The board identified that these walls were small, and not being used to their full potential. Recent advancements were made at the Yukon College bouldering wall, including a partnership between the Yukon College and the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) to open the wall to the general public two evenings or 4 hours a week.
A group of dedicated volunteers open/close the wall and maintain contact and communication with the Yukon College and ACC. On an average night, 20 climbers show up, which is at about capacity for the size of the bouldering wall. Success is not a source of complaint, but may be a sign that it’s time for an upgrade!
Climb Yukon has completed a feasibility study in the fall of 2016 to get a professionally built wall, accessible to all.
The Association is currently consulting different stakeholders in regards to their interest in the construction of the facility in Whitehorse. The group is meticulously evaluating the best options for a location as well as a model of management. Designing and building a climbing wall is the easiest part. We want to create partnerships that will last. We want to build a wall that will benefit the community for years to come. Rock climbing has been very popular worldwide, and climbing centers have multiplied in the rest of Canada. We want to join that world movement!
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