Climbers take on Yosemite’s Half Dome in their own backyard 

  Jul 25   News

“I haven't climbed or even been to Yosemite (National Park),” Tony Lopez told me. He recently completed this summer’s Lake Wauburg Climbing Challenge. “It’s one of my future travel destinations now!”

Tony climbed Lake Wauburg’s Carolina Climbing Wall from the ground 25 times, which equals the height of Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome hike. That’s 1,375 feet of climbing!

In four days, Tony climbed six walls a day, and became a climbing challenge medalist. 

He was one of 24 to complete the challenge, and one of 70 remarkable climbers to participate!

“For a lot of people, this is the craziest thing they've ever done,” Jonah Juergensmeyer, Lake Wauburg Program Assistant, explained to me.

Jonah suggested to look out for the dates during the fall semester where I can come climb the Alpine Tower and the High Ropes Course. Those interested in Lake Wauburg’s Open Climb events can show up with a group of friends, but it isn’t necessary – the experience is all about meeting new people and trying new things.

I’m also looking forward to Adventure Race this fall, which is a 2-3 hour race consisting of a 3 mile trail run, a 5 mile mountain bike trail ride, a 1.5 mile paddle, special tests and an optional climb up the 55-foot climbing wall.

Catch me outside…at Lake Wauburg South Shore!

-Taylor Norberg, UF RecSports Marketing Assistant