New Business Has People Climbing the Walls
By Kelsey Morrow
Have you ever felt like climbing the walls? Well, now you can!
Active Climbing, the CSRA’s first rock climbing facility, officially opened May 13 in Grovetown.
Active Climbing is the second climbing facility owned by Adrian Prelipceanu, winner of several mountaineering competitions in his native Romania. Prelipceanu’s original climbing location opened in Athens in 2009, and ever since then he has had his eye on Augusta.
“He has wanted to open a gym in Augusta for five years,” Nicole Millsaps, co-manager of the Augusta Active Climbing, said. “There’s nothing like it anywhere nearby. He wanted to bring the sport to this area.”
Located at 643 S. Old Belair Road, the 18,000-square-foot facility is three times the size of the Athens location and has been fully renovated and personally customized by Prelipceanu and his crew.
Active Climbing provides a variety of memberships for local rock climbers, including day passes, punch cards for up to 10 visits and full memberships. There is also a gear rental option, and a variety of classes in which climbers can participate.
One of the most popular classes is the lead climbing class. Lead climbing is a climbing technique which does not call for the top rope typically associated with a climbing wall and more closely mimics outdoor rock climbing. In the $60 lead climbing course, climbers attend a two-hour class once a week for two weeks, and afterwards have the option to take a proficiency test.
“After class is over,” Millsaps explained, “course participants can take a test, and if you pass, you can lead climb inside of our facility.”
A particularly unique feature of the Augusta Active Climbing location is an obstacle course based on the popular television program American Ninja Warrior. After a quick introduction course, participants can then try their hand at obstacles similar to what the contestants face on the show, including the warped wall, cliff hanger, jumping spider and the 25-foot-tall salmon ladder.
For their younger climbers, this August Active Climbing will be starting a climbing team for children in the middle school and high school age range. Team members will receive instruction in the climbing center, similar to other sports team’s afterschool practices, and will have the opportunity to participate in competitions.
“Last year two of the children from the Athens team made it to Nationals,” Millsaps said. “If children are interested in climbing and willing to work at it, they can go far.”
Although Active Climbing Augusta has only been open for a short time, they have already seen a positive response from the local community.
“We have received a lot of support from the local community,” Millsaps said. “Many volunteers offered assistance with painting to building to helping get the facility ready to open. We are very appreciative of all their help.”
For more information about Active Climbing including membership and pricing, visit activeclimbing.com.