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April 30, 2001

Climbing wall unveiled at open house in The Banff Centre’s Sally Borden Building

The Banff Centre is holding a public open house from noon to 10:00 pm on May 25th to celebrate the completion of a new indoor climbing environment at the Sally Borden Building. Located in the space formerly used for squash and racquetball, the wall is a recreational resource for the Bow Valley community and visitors to the area. "The climbing court consists of a combination of 900 hand and foot holds, and accommodates approximately 12 ropes at one time," says May Drouin, recreation program director at the Sally Borden Building. Therefore, twenty-four roped climbers could use the court at once. The court also accommodates bouldering, an unroped solo method in which climbers work their way around the bottom eight to ten feet of the faces. The four walls of the court include features such as overhangs, slabs, cracks, and a rescue and repel platform. The court also has an inclined campus systems wall (a training tool that enhances strength and endurance), as well as leading capabilities. "These features will radiate from a central arch running diagonally across the room, which will allow for bouldering on the inside face of each pier as well as on the walls," says Drouin.

At the open house, community members, visitors, and Banff Centre staff will have a chance to climb a pitch with the belaying and coaching guidance of one of the Sally Borden climbing staff, take the climbing safety test, which allows one to climb and belay using the top ropes, or to sign up for a free two-hour introduction to climbing. Prizes and refreshments will complete the festive experience.

Sally Borden Building members will have access to the climbing court (guests of members are $5.35), and non-members can use the facility for a daily membership fee of $9.50. All users will need to take a basic climbing safety test to use the climbing court for bouldering or top roping, and a lead test to lead climb. A climbing instructor will be available during part of each day to test climbers and to teach two-hour introductory climbing sessions (approx. $35). Climbing shoes, harnesses, and belay devices will be available for rent at the Sally Borden Building.

The spring drop-in hours for the climbing wall will be noon to 10:00 pm. During this time, parts of the wall may also be used for adult and youth instruction, rescue courses, and practice.

Sally Borden Building fitness and recreation membership rates:
Monthly membership: $55            Corporate memberships:
3-month membership: $165   (minimum 12 members): $27/member/month
6-month membership: $300    6-11 members - $35/member/month
Yearly membership: $540
Family membership: $850
Day membership: $9.50

Spring 2001 special:
2 month Individual Community Associate Membership
$77.00 (gst inc.)
Sold May 7th to May 20th (30% off regular price)

Sally Borden facilities and services include a climbing wall, health centre offering physical therapy & massage services, 25-metre pool, whirlpool, wading pool, steam rooms, full gym, running track, and exercise room.
Members have access to the above and drop in programs at no extra cost.

Contact: May Drouin, recreation program director at the Sally Borden Building. Ph. 403.762.6452

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