Eldorado builds ‘largest’ climbing structure

BOULDER – Eldorado Climbing Walls in Boulder said Friday afternoon that it has built what it calls the largest manmade outdoor rock-climbing structure.

Part of the Boy Scouts of America’s extreme sports village at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, the structure will be unveiled at the 2013 National Jamboree that runs July 15 through 24. Eldorado believes it is the largest manmade outdoor climbing structure in the United States.

The 60,000-square-foot structure is divided into two areas: The Rocks and Boulder Cove. It is constructed from Eldorado’s ShotRock product and hand-sculpted to mimic the local rock styles and climbing features of the New River Gorge.

“We are honored to have been selected by the Boy Scouts of America to complete a project of this massive scope and size,´ said Jerad Wells, chief executive of Eldorado Climbing Walls. “The climbing facility at The Rocks and Boulder Cove truly showcase the amazing climbing wall design and climbing wall construction capabilities of our team. We look forward to seeing this facility inspire a love of rock climbing in current and future generations of Scouts.”

One element of the area is the “Leap of Faith,” where participants leap into the air from a height of 32 feet and are safely lowered to the ground by an auto belay.

Other features include:

Two rappelling towers with a total of 36 rappelling stations at a height of 32 feet (6 stations are dedicated “leap of faith” stations).

Three climbing fins with 68 manual belay stations at heights from 21-30 feet.

Two climbing fins with auto belay stations at heights from 25 feet to35 feet.

One 25-foot high climbing fin with eight climbing stations (six manual, two auto-belay).

Six freestanding boulders with more than 50 stations and an average height of 10 feet.

Boulder Cove incorporates more than 280 linear feet of rock climbing walls ranging for 19 feet to 36 feet in height. It includes a 72-linear foot rappel deck, 25 climbing stations and thee boulders averaging 13 feet in height.

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