Williams Lake Climbing Association members come back to the wall – Williams Lake Tribune
COVID had knocked them down, but the climbers are back on the wall at Lake City Secondary School Williams Lake Campus.
The Williams Lake Climbing Association (WLCA) indoor bouldering program returns Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the school year.
WLCA volunteers open the space and supervise the climbing on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The program was put on hold during the pandemic, but with the opening of restrictions on indoor recreation, the school district allowed the WLCA to reopen the doors on bouldering nights. The high school basement climbing wall offers a small cave-like area with three sides and a small roof for climbers of all skill levels to work on their skills and fitness.
The space also has a range of climbing shoe sizes that users can borrow, including children’s sizes.
Climbing with his father one evening recently, a young climber, Ryder McLennan, 11, said he started climbing trees when he was three. Then he tried bouldering at Gavin Lake Forest Camp in a climbing cabin they built.
As the evening wore on, it was difficult for Ryder’s father to pull him off the wall.
Climbers of all skill levels can register through links on the website https://wlclimbing.wordpress.com or through the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.
The members of the bouldering club will then have to present their proof of payment and their vaccination passport and fill out certain forms during their first visit. Adults must accompany anyone under 18 on their first visit and any climber under 12 must have a parent or guardian present while climbing.
The group also organized a movie night on November 18 in partnership with the Williams Lake Cycling Club in the Gibraltar room.
The event featured two films, one on rock climbing titled Black ice, which told the story of a group of black climbers from Memphis who set out on an ice climbing adventure.
The trip took the group of urban climbers into the Montana mountain backcountry for their very first ice climbing experience.
The film highlighted the power of rock climbing in building community, forming friendships, and exposing people to the benefits of outdoor adventures.