Climbing instills confidence and willingness to take small risks. It also develops large motor skills.
CLIMBER Q & A:
Why are you replacing the climbing wall?
When the Museum opened, our 28’ Mt. LeKid was one of the only climbing walls in our area. Now, a climbing wall is part of several local facilities.
Mt. LeKid’s limitations include the fact that only one or two users, over age 4, can enjoy it at a time, and the wall requires extra staff. We also often have summer visitors without the required full coverage footwear. We currently staff it on weekends during the school year and daily during the summer. Our increased attendance over the years has made it harder to let our visitors enjoy the wall without having to wait in a long line. We don’t want disappointed Museum visitors—we want everyone to have fun during their entire visit.
What are you replacing it with?
In mid to late October, we will be installing a multi-level, enclosed climbing structure designed and created specifically for our Museum by world-renowned climbing exhibit fabricators, Luckey Climbers. Each Luckey Climber is customized for the facility, so our climber will be the only one like it in the world! The designer recently told us that ours is one of his favorites they have ever made, which makes us even more excited to see the finished product.
In addition to having a unique, one-of-a-kind design, the new climber will allow visitors of all ages (adults too!) to share this safe adventure together, year round.
No special footwear or equipment needed…no age restrictions…no waiting in line.
In addition to being safe, durable and fun, the new climbing exhibit will also be an artistic structure, visible from outside and from all levels of the Museum.
How is this being paid for?
The replacement of the climbing wall is one of several improvement projects in the recently completed $2 million PLAY it forward capital campaign. The new climber has been sponsored by the Cleary-Kumm Foundation.
What will happen to the old wall?
Although we will be as careful as possible, the actual wall panel pieces will likely receive significant damage during removal. They must be cut from the front to expose and remove the furring strips and supports from behind. Groups/individuals interested in helping with removal for possible re-use may contact Hannah Siech at email@example.com.
The rocks/holds may be available for sale. Interested groups/individuals may contact Hannah Siech at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The belay systems will have to be retired. The equipment is registered to the Children’s Museum of La Crosse and must be inspected and certified on a regular basis for continued use.