If too much studying has you feeling like climbing the walls, you’re in luck because Climb Kalamazoo is a great place to do just that. In the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, Climb Kalamazoo provides an activity where you can burn off some energy, get an all-body workout, and learn how to climb or amp up your climbing skills.
The facility caters to all ability levels. Routes vary from beginner to extremely advanced. There are bouldering routes, auto-belay routes, lead climbing and top rope routes.
When climbing, wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. Keep in mind that a harness is worn at all times when climbing. Climbing equipment such as a harness, shoes, belay device, and a locking carabineer are available for rent or purchase at Climb Kalamazoo. In order to climb in the gym you must have a gym membership. Memberships for a three-month period cost around $120, an expense that is well worth the price.
Climb Kalamazoo is beloved by many students at Kalamazoo College. Celeste Nosow ’17 is an employee at Climb Kalamazoo emphasizes that Climb Kalamazoo is worth checking out. “[Climb Kalamazoo] has been a place to de-stress from homework and has a really fun environment. If you’re looking for a different way to exercise and get a full body workout, climbing is a great way to do that.”
Josh Cho ‘17, Annah Freudenburg ‘17, and Siwook Hwang ‘17 developed a student organization to give K students the opportunity to be a part of a Kalamazoo College Climbing team. Practices are held four times a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 6pm-8pm. Kalamazoo College also offers PE credit for climbing and students have flexibility in the hours that they climb as long as they reach 18 hours total by the end of the quarter.
If climbing sounds intriguing and you are looking to go to this place, contact a member of the Kalamazoo College Outing Club (KOC) or one of the K students mentioned above.