By Associated Press - Saturday, April 28, 2018

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - A new indoor rock climbing gym is set to open in Spearfish, just in time for the city to host an inaugural climbing festival this summer.

The Black Hills Climbing Festival will be held in July, and the new climbing gym will open in May, the Rapid City Journal reported . The High Mountain Outfitters are bringing the event and the gym to Spearfish, a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts.

The city is near four major climbing destinations around the Black Hills, including Spearfish Canyon and the spires behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

“Climbing festivals are held in communities that value the outdoors, have local resources to support outdoor activities, and have a passion to share their community with others,” said Justin Stephens, owner of High Mountain Outfitters. “Spearfish is all of that and more.”

The July 13-14 festival will include a community-building party, a competition in the new gym and various outings.



The new gym will be the first full-service indoor climbing facility in western South Dakota, according to Stephens. It will have three climbing walls, two bouldering walls, a kid-friendly area and a training area. Instruction will also be provided.

He said, “Winters here are long, and having year-round climbing available will be a major boost to the sport in this area.”

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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