Junior team climber Riley Harrison dynos and sticks a hold at Pop & Lock Season 4 in Kelowna at Gneiss in a recent competition. (Ken Chow)

Junior team climber Riley Harrison dynos and sticks a hold at Pop & Lock Season 4 in Kelowna at Gneiss in a recent competition. (Ken Chow)

Vernon rock climbing centre reaches new heights in 2020

The Rock Garden set to expand, doubling climbing space

Vernon’s only indoor climbing centre is reaching new heights in 2020 after acquiring the space next door to its facility.

The Rock Garden’s owner Tony Horne has already begun creating a new bouldering area in the neighbouring space.

Once completed, it will boast over 1,500 square feet of wall space for a dedicated adult and members’ bouldering at its location off Kalamalka Lake Road on Jan. 1.

“With this expansion, our climbing space will be doubled,” Horne said.

“There will be 4,000 square feet of wall space offering a wider variety of problems (routes) for all levels.”

The facility’s current bouldering area will serve novice climbers and families.

“We’re also excited to increase our top-rope capacity as we revert some of the current wall space back to top-rope routes,” Horne added.

The competitive junior team climbers will benefit most from the new space as they train for upcoming competitions, the facility said in a statement released Jan. 8.

The Rock Garden Climbing Centre, located on 14th Avenue, is Vernon’s first and only indoor climbing centre, boasting more than 19 vertical feet in the 2,000 square-foot facility.

For more information on the climbing centre, visit climbthegarden.com.

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