They will be climbing the walls in Perry County at a new rock climbing and fitness center.
The new center has indoor top rope rock climbing walls, bouldering walls and a cave, campus boards, finger boards, obstacle course racing obstacles such as a warp wall, salmon ladder, peg board, swinging doors, and more.
Susquehannock Climbing and Fitness Center offers personal rock climbing training and personal obstacle course training.
“The two training types compliment each other and go hand and hand,” Owner Kyle stapp said. “So it works out very well”.
The center also has a gym and offers personal fitness training for people interested in losing weight and for those wanting to stay in shape. Stapp says the gym has some traditional exercise equipment but, clients can also train using large tires and logs.
The center is open for personal training sessions from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment only. The center is open to the public for rock climbing, use of the obstacle course and use of the gym from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays.
A day pass is $13 and the center also has a monthly membership as well for $35, and student and military discounts are available for the monthly memberships. Stapp hopes to eventually expand the hours to the public. He says that the center is for the entire family, everyone from toddlers to senior citizens.
A grand opening will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 4. The center has been open for private training sessions since last month.
Stapp, a professional rock climber and an accredited single pitch instructor, is excited open the new center in Perry County and says rock climbing is more than just a sport, it’s a lifestyle.
Stapp, a former United States Army Ranger, who has been a rock climbing supervisor for the past seven years, said that he opened the center to fulfill a need in the area but, he also wanted to offer a program through a newly created nonprofit to help recovering addicts.
Susquehannock Climbing and Training Center is home to the nonprofit, Awakening Adventures which will offer adventure based therapy programming for recovering addicts, an Autistic Spectrum Disorder program and a combat veteran adventure based therapy program.
The adventure based therapy programs are rock climbing centered based therapy programs and are customized. The programs differ from person to person but, can include rock climbing skills, physical training, hiking and backpacking, professional development as well as wilderness survival skills including food procurement, water procurement, shelter building and more.
The programs typically include one hour sessions meeting individually with a guide and then eventually will include larger group outings that will include eight to 10 people. Some of the elements of the program include trust building, goal setting and problem solving.
The organization will also offer professional development for anyone interested in becoming a a river guide, a fishing guide, a rock climbing guide or another type of guide. The organization will work with its clients to match them with trainers.
Stapp says that he is bringing a “world class program” to Liverpool.
“The sky’s the limit,” he said. “And we’re really excited to see what we can do.”
Source : Pennlive