The Revelstoke Climbing Co-op is eyeing several locations to open up an indoor bouldering wall this fall.
The co-op has been meeting and fundraising for several years now and is now getting close to opening. Members are just trying to nail down a location for a fall opening.
“We’re getting hold of the owners to see if we can make that work,” said Kayle Robson. “Then we’re moving on to doing some more fundraising this summer so we can have a lower start-up cost for the members.”
The club received a little more than $2,100 in funding from the Columbia Basin Trust earlier this year to go towards building the wall.
Once a location is figured out, the executive will figure out the costs of operating the wall and then set a membership price. The size of the wall will depend on which space they end up renting. Robson said it is expected to cost about $30,000 per year to operate the climbing wall.
Users will have to sign up for a lifetime membership, and then pay an annual fee to use the wall. They are planning a membership drive this summer to get people to commit to the co-op.
“People are going to have to commit so we can build the space,” she said.
While the main focus is on the bouldering wall, the club plans on looking at supporting outdoor climbing in the future, if the money is there.
“Not to put ourselves responsible for outside routes, but to give people money who put up new routes or repair equipment,” Robson said. “Right now it’s out of people’s owns pockets so we’d like to help out with that and protect access to certain climbing areas.”
To keep track of what the Revelstoke Climbin Co-op us up to, search for their group on Facebook.