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Uploaded on Apr 20, 2011
You can find out more about rock climbing in the New River Gorge at the Summit at http://summitblog.org. The Summit is the largest project in the history of the Boy Scouts of America.
When we build the facilities at the Summit, we think about how it's going to effect Scouting for the next 100 years. That's why we're working with the rock climbing experts at Eldorado Climbing Walls to build a structure that blends seamlessly into both the New River Gorge landscape and the high adventure programming at SBR.
Natural rock that's perfect for climbing seems like it would be plentiful here in one of the world's great climbing destinations. But the truth is, to have walls accessible to all ability levels, as well as lots and lots of climbers at once, it's much better to create a structure that's independent of the natural climbing in the gorge.
Plus, man-made rock climbing at the Summit is going to be much lower impact than taking literally thousands and thousands of Scouts into areas that aren't designed for such use. It's going to be much easier for us to practice Leave No Trace principles at our own established climbing sites. The rock climbing facility being planned at the Summit will use state-of-the-art structures to create an artificial climbing surface that's custom made to suit the Summit's needs.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve is Scouting's next step. It's the new permanent home of the national Scout jamboree, and the 4th High Adventure Base in the BSA. We're working hard to be ready for Scouts in the summer of 2013. See you there!