A rock climber's paradise

August 6, 2009 3:27:35 PM PDT
It's a climber's paradise--a giant, rock-climbing wall that's just opened in the old Daily News building in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Now, the cavernous space has been transformed into a fake rock formation for climbers. The owner, Steve Spaeth, has been climbing since he was a kid. "When you're a rock climber you are a rock climber for life," said Steve." It was natural to make rock climbing an experience that New York City has always missed."

And it is an urban experience with the terrain that goes from beginner to expert. The coup de gras--a 30 foot replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, a perfect climb for bridge lovers.

"At one point it was the tallest structure in the Western hemisphere, an icon to the new world." said Steve.

Other challenges include a 30 foot stalactite plus overhangs and caves where daredevils can go ropeless.

Memberships costs $595 for a year and beginners can take a one-hour class for $60, including equipment and a two day pass.

There's also a lifestyle shop where shoppers can buy surf boards and skate boards and sign up for exotic adventure excursions.

"We are just looking to be part of the fabric that makes up New York City," said Steve.

Web produced by Maura Sweeney


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