posted by dpm on 09/29/2011
This Saturday, October 1st, is the long-awaited grand opening of the tallest climbing wall in the world. Built by Entreprises in Reno, Nevada, this state of the art facility will feature a 164-foot climbing wall, 40 feet taller than the previous world’s highest in the Netherlands. The bouldering area will also be world-class with 2900 square feet of overhanging bouldering surface. Some of America’s top climbers, including Jon Cardwell, Dave Graham, Alex Johnson, Ian Dory and Emily Harrington, are coming out Saturday for clinics and demos at the grand opening. Be there!
All photos courtesy of Commrow/Basecamp.
Official Press Release:
Entre Prises and Vertical Solutions Take Reno to New Heights this October
Two Industry Leaders Create World’s Tallest Competition Climbing Wall Plus
State-of-the-Art Bouldering Facility at CommRow
RENO, Nev. – On October 1, CommRow will reveal BaseCamp, a world-class climbing facility offering routes and boulder problems for everyone from first-timers to lifetime climbers. Enthusiasts seeking the world’s tallest climbing wall, multi-pitch lead climbing with huge exposure, state-of-the-art Flashed padded flooring, or a 15-meter competition speed wall will soon need to look no further than BaseCamp.
On the exterior façade of the 16-story building, the world’s tallest competition climbing wall rises 164-feet from a second-story deck. Designed by Entre Prises Climbing Walls, it’s more than 40-feet higher than its current rival in the Netherlands, and features:
· World Championship competition area
· Only official 15-meter speed wall in the United States
· Multi-pitch climbing featuring two ledge-separated pitches per 50-meter route
· Beginner- to expert-level routes
· Seventeen separate belay stations offering more than 40 top-ropable routes at any given time
· A peak of 190 feet above street level for experienced climbers
Entre Prises Vice President of Marketing and Sales Adam Koberna states, “Entre Prises is extremely proud to be a part of the CommRow project in Reno. Our goal is not only to build and install the tallest climbing wall in the world but also to bring a quality climbing experience to beginners and experts alike. This facility will bring tremendous exposure to sport climbing and attract climbers from all over the globe.”
Vertical Solutions’ signature curved Baltic birchwood boulders will be found on CommRow’s second floor. The indoor facility will feature:
· Two competition boulders rising more than 15-feet high
· Problems for novice to expert climbers
· 3,600-square-feet of high-tech Flashed memory foam floor padding
· More than 100 problems that will be reset every 60 days
· 2,900-square-feet of steep bouldering surface
· Core fitness center
Vertical Solutions partner Dustin Buckthal remarks, “We jumped at the opportunity to design and build these two custom boulders within such a unique, high-end facility, and we’re really looking forward to see the project as whole come together. The selection of activities that will be available within the facility makes us wish we lived in Reno!”
CommRow, next to Downtown Reno’s landmark arch, will be the area’s first nonsmoking, nongaming urban adventure destination also featuring an eclectic array of eateries and bars, event space and two live performance venues. In addition to the pet-friendly HANG Hotel, an “Adventure Deck” providing BMX and skate parks, outdoor bouldering and more is also planned for 2012.