Monday, November 2, 2009
Should an indoor climbing gym have naturals?
Indoor climbing gyms were first built as a place for the die-hard climbers to train when the weather was bad. They were trying to mimic the experience of climbing on real rock. The major advantage of having naturals is that concrete can be formed to take on the features of real rock that bolt-on climbing holds cannot.
The main argument against naturals is that they are permanent. They are never changed, and will be on the particular wall forever. This hinders a setter’s ability to force moves within the reach of the naturals. Also, during a competition, local competitors have a definite advantage since they know and have climbed on these naturals before.
What is your take on the matter? Should Aiguille incorporate natural features into the new facility, or should we keep the walls concrete free?
at 11:08 PM