I am on my way to Stone Summit, America's largest indoor climbing wall. My mission is to see how it compares to my local climbing hall, Toyota Kiipeilyareena back in Finland.
|World's highest indoor climbing wall|
The highest wall, Rocktopia, goes through all the floors and is 29 meters. As far as I know, this is the highest indoor climbing wall in the world. High enough that there are some special rules for climbing on this wall. All routes to the top require leading. But at 29 meters, a 50 meter rope is not sufficient for going up and coming back. If you use a too short rope and do not notice it, your rope may run out from the belay device as you are descending. This would result in a fall from 10 meters. To prevent this, climbers are required to attach the other end of their rope to the wall before they start the climb.
|Climbing the high wall|
Other facilities in Salmisaaren liikuntakeskus include, for instance, two ice hockey arenas, an indoor beach volley arena (!), and a dance studio.
|One of the hockey arenas in Salmisaari|
Obviously. Bigger is better. And in this case, higher is better.
|Self-standing wall in Kiipeilyareena|
|Industrial setting in Salmisaari|
|Entrance to Stone Summit gym|