Soar To New Heights

While a number of the staff comes to Charleston County with a basic knowledge of climbing, they learn a great deal of the more technical aspects while on the job. “We end up teaching each other, and we learn and grow together,” says Lavarnway.


Besides using a wrench on the entire wall each month, checking for signs of corrosion or rotting and ensuring everything is tight and safe, there is also a mandatory annual inspection for all climbing walls. Other maintenance items include changing the routes on the wall every two to three weeks in order to keep the course exciting and new for frequent climbers.

“Changing up the course keeps people coming back,” says Lavarnway. “It helps with our overall retention of members.”

Heather Reichle is a freelance writer living in Columbus, Ohio. She can be reached via e-mail at

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