Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Adirondack Family Activities: Climbing at The Crux

6806_558363347541571_694676152_nThough we have spent most of our time getting out on the various Adirondack trails, my family needs to start working a different muscle group. Our legs are strong, but our arms are in need of a different workout. Though there is still plenty of snow around the Adirondacks, there are other activities that we are able to enjoy. One is getting into rock climbing shape at an indoor climbing wall.

The Crux, in Willsboro, offers the novice and expert a great place to burn off some steam while getting into climbing shape. Under the auspiciousness of Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center, The Crux is open from mid-October through mid-May. According to the Outdoor Education Center Director Brian DeGroat The Crux’s availability is tailored to accommodate everyone wanting to maintain or improve their skills without climbing outdoors.

“People can come in and climb our routes before getting ready to take advantage of the opportunities around the Adirondacks,” says DeGroat. “We have special group nights for someone that may feel intimidated like Ladies’ Night, the first Monday of each month or the Guys’ Night, the third Monday where they can climb for free. Every Sunday, during the Kids’ Club, all rentals are free.”

According to DeGroat the goal of Kids’ Club is to encourage families to come and learn something with their children. If the family wants to expand their knowledge outside the climbing center, the Crux staff can recommend guide services. Kids’ Club is on Sunday from 3-6 pm with free harness, shoes, helmets and chalk bag included in the admission fee.

“We promote safety at all times,” says DeGroat. “We always have an employee at the center. Someone coming for the first time will get basic instruction on how to belay. We also have group lessons if a school or group wants to hire an instructor.”

The Crux offers a 3,200 sq. ft. rock-climbing space with 17 separate anchors, 22-40 ft. high walls, a 20 ft. rappelling wall, bouldering cave and custom-made routes. Enjoy!

photo of climbers at The Crux is used with permission of the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center


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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

One Response

  1. Chris says:

    Sharp Swan and his family and all of Pok-O-MacCready are a great asset to the community!

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