Big Plans for Climbing at the 2013 Jamboree

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve had an interesting dilemma when it came to preparing for all the climbing to be done at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree: how to ensure a world-class climbing experience for all 40,000-plus Scouts and Venturers, while maximizing its resources. Though the New River Gorge has some of the best climbing in the eastern U.S., not much of that high-quality sandstone is found exposed on the property.

Enter the talented individuals at Eldorado External LinkClimbing External LinkWallsExternal Link, who are kind of like the Michelangelos of the climbing wall world—capable of mimicking any rock found in nature—and experts at bringing the spirit and passion of rock climbing to any facility. With more than 15 External LinkyearsExternal Link of experienceExternal Link, they’ve created some of the highest quality walls in the country for major universities, rock climbing gyms, YMCAs, athletic clubs, resorts, schools, retail stores, and military and recreation facilities of all types.

“If you’re going to build a wall, you don’t do it without consulting these guys,” said Tom Wagner, the action sports development director for Trinity Works, the Summit’s developer, referring to Eldorado Climbing Walls.

“They know how to take a climbing wall and manufacture it so it has the look, touch, and feel of the real deal.”

The hand-sculpted climbing walls at the Summit will replicate the rock climbing found locally in the New River Gorge, but with the variety, skill levels and number of routes needed to accommodate all 40,000 participants at the jamboree.

What all that means is that with the help of Eldorado Walls, the Summit will be able to provide an exceptional climbing experience for the highest number of Scouts and Venturers (with little-to-no waiting in lines). It’s going to be unlike any climbing experience the kids have had, and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun!

Check External Linkout External Linkmore External Linkon External Linkthe External LinkSummitExternal LinkExternal LinksExternal Link climbingExternal Link wallsExternal Link and other program activity updates on summitblog.orgExternal Link. And if you haven’t registered for the 2013 National Jamboree, don’t wait! Go to bsajamboree.orgExternal Link today.