College climbing wall reopens with new staff

Kyle Alderson is the new climbing wall attendant who will keep things running this season.

Climbing wall attendant Kyle Alderson is looking forward to an exciting season at College of the Rockies Peaks Climbing Wall.

College of the Rockies Peaks Climbing Wall re-opens October 5 after a summer break and a new staff member will be on hand to ensure everyone has fun and stays safe while they climb.

Kyle Alderson has been hired as the new Climbing Wall Attendant by the College’s Campus Life and Athletics Department.  Kyle brings with him many years of climbing and instructing experience having started climbing at age 14.  He has worked as a seasonal climbing wall instructor over the past four years in his native England and has instructed on real rock as well.

With his family now living in Canada, Kyle moved from England to take the Mountain Adventure Skills Training program at College of the Rockies’ Fernie Campus in 2010.   “The MAST program gave me the opportunity to climb on a lot of different kinds of rock which improved my skills and techniques,” says Kyle.

“Kyle brings a lot of climbing and instructing experience to the position but he also brings a ton of enthusiasm and energy.  We look forward to having him join our team,” said Cori Andrichuk, Manager of Campus Life and Athletics.

The Peaks Climbing Wall is available for anyone who wishes to try climbing.  Participants can take the introduction to climbing course and be certified by Kyle as certified belayers.  For those who wish to just test the waters, there are certified belayers on-hand at all times.

“Climbing is where my passion lies,” notes Kyle. “I relish the challenge of this new role and am looking forward to making the Peaks Climbing Wall an awesome place to be.”

To kick off the new climbing season, climbers who bring a friend in to purchase a 10-punch card will receive a 50 percent discount off their own 10-punch card.

For more information on the Peaks Climbing Wall, contact Campus Life and Athletics at 250-489-8252.

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