February 9, 2009 : Angelica Atkins
The place to get started is the LaHaye Student Center where they have a small rock wall. Here, you can learn the basics of rick-climbing and get certified during designated hours. It is a low-key and convenient way to get in some practice before you advance to the next level.
The next step is to check out Rise Up Climbing on Church Street, downtown Lynchburg. They have a huge facility with all levels of climbing from basic to advanced. Here you can get immersed into the whole rock-climbing culture with classes, climbing leagues, a climber’s community website and much more. The cost is $11 per visit for non-members. To see membership costs and other information visit http://riseupclimbing.com/index.php/homepage/.
Once you have the necessary skills and practice, you can head outdoors. Dusty’s Bed in Madison Heights, across from the James River is a great place to go bouldering. Make sure you go with some friends and bring crash pads to break your fall. There is also the Devil’s Marble yard if you want to take a day for hiking and climbing. The Hiking Upward webpage has a lot of information on the Devil’s Marble yard- http://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/DevilsMarbleyard/.
Rock-climbing is a great way to exercise and tone your body. It is also a lot of fun and very fulfilling, especially if you do it with some friends. There are plenty of great places and opportunities for rock-climbing in the area. Remember that everyone started at the ground and worked their way up. So don’t hesitate to join in!