Reaching For The Sky!
By Sharon Morlock
Climbing Wall In Steamboat Springs Middle School Lots of fundraising and planning by Steamboat Springs Middle School (SSMS) outdoor education program Everything Outdoor Steamboat finally replaced the old climbing wall (a plywood structure built in 1994) and unveiled a new climbing wall. The realistic climbing wall, includes many tricky formations and an overhang, is more than 30 feet above ground in the schools main entrance and constructed of a steel structure with scraped concrete. It's outfitted with 3 auto-belay systems that suspend ropes from the top of the wall to allow students to safely climb without needing belaying on the ground. Students are lowered slowly to the ground through tension on the ropes when they fall, thus no mechanical failure which meets insurance requirements...