Rocky Moun­tain Climb­ing Cen­tre

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The Rocky Moun­tain Climb­ing Cen­tre ( rmcc) is the new­est and big­gest climb­ing gym to open in Canada in the past few years. You can’t miss it when driv­ing just west of down­town Cal­gary past the gi­ant 1988 Olympic ski jumps, its out­door wall screams to be climbed.

The Cal­gary Climb­ing Cen­tre ( ccc), with pres­i­dent Wal­son Tai, al­ready had three lo­ca­tions through­out the city of Cal­gary: The Hanger, Strong­hold and ccc Chinook. This is the fourth climb­ing gym opened by the ccc, and fifth in Cal­gary af­ter Bolder Climb­ing Com­mu­nity. With walls reach­ing nearly 30 me­tres, the 25,000- square-foot fa­cil­ity is un­like any other in Al­berta.

Lo­cated just west of Canada Olympic Park on West Val­ley Road, the amaz­ing new Olympic-cal­i­bre fa­cil­ity is set to be­come the train­ing grounds for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Ja­pan, where climb­ing has of­fi­cially been added to the list of sum­mer Olympic sports. This project has been nearly a decade in the mak­ing and wrapped up in spring 2018. The an­tic­i­pa­tion around the project has been build­ing for ev­ery­one from the Olympic-level ath­lete to the week­end climb­ing en­thu­si­ast.

This cut­ting-edge fa­cil­ity has some­thing for ev­ery­one with even the slight­est in­ter­est in climb­ing. The rmcc lo­ca­tion has boul­der­ing, lead climb­ing, speed climb­ing, a climb park, sys­tem walls, a pro-shop, a Moon wall and a unique out­door climb­ing wall on the side of the build­ing. It is only the sec­ond climb­ing gym in Canada to have an out­door climb­ing wall, fol­low­ing Allez Up in Mon­treal.

Even for non-climbers, it is hard not to be in awe of the amaz­ing build­ing. From the out­door wall which faces a sum­mer sun­set over the Cana­dian Rock­ies to the many walls, pil­lars and boul­ders, the ar­chi­tec­ture is ab­so­lutely breath­tak­ing. With one in 10 Cal­gar­i­ans hav­ing al­ready been ex­posed to climb­ing, adding a new fa­cil­ity of this stature is likely to help the sport grow even more.

“The in­ten­tion of it is to host a train­ing ground for the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo,” said Tai. “So a lot of that has been taken into con­sid­er­a­tion with the de­sign of the build­ing.”

While it’s more com­mon to travel some­where to ex­pe­ri­ence the out­door rock climb­ing, the rmcc might have you book­ing a f light to Cal­gary to clip bolts in a cool sum­mer breeze while catch­ing a tan on the out­door wall.—

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