Indoor Climbing walls are designed to mimic the experience of rock climbing outdoors. Some consider indoor climbing walls to be a more
controlled, and therefore, safer environment for climbing. Indoor walls are man-made walls with attached holds, points on the wall where hands or feet can settle the climber's weight while climbing. Indoor walls are designed to simulate actual outdoor mountain walls. The techniques, equipment and guidelines of indoor climbing are similar to those of outdoor rock climbing. Indoor climbing walls in the Lake Tahoe area, range from 800 to 4,000 vertical square feet of climbing terrain.
Opened in January of 2009, the newest indoor climbing facility at Lake Tahoe is at High Altitude Fitness in Incline Village, (775) 831-4212
Nevada. The approximately 4,000 vertical square foot climbing wall, is just one of the features of this full service workout facility. For $16 per
person, visitors can use the climbing wall, and any other part of the gym all day. High Altitude is open on weekdays from 6a to 10p, and on
weekends, from 7a to 8p. Over 60 types of climbs are offered, ranging in difficulty from 5.7 to 5.13. Routes are constantly changed, to
provide constant stimulation for returning climbers. For $30 you can take an introductory climbing course from Chip Snyder, a seasoned Big
Wall Climber or from Jason Burd, climbing guide and owner of High Altitude Fitness. In addition to this private instruction, High Altitude offers
an assortment of group courses for adults and children alike. Climbing parties are also available.
Possibly the most well-known indoor climbing wall can be found in the Cable Car House at Squaw Valley. Headwall Climbing Wall is just one
of the experiences offered by Squaw Valley Adventure Center (530) 583-7673. This indoor climbing wall is approximately 800 vertical square
feet and 30 feet tall. In the summer, Squaw Valley Adventure Center also features a man-made climbing wall on the outside of the Cable Car
House that reaches 45 feet tall. A day pass for this climbing wall is $14 per day. In the summer (mid-June through first weekend in
September), the climbing wall is open is open from 11a to 6p. During the winter, climbing is available only on weekends from 11a to 5p.
The Sports Exchange Climbing Gym (530) 582-4510 is within 30 minutes of Lake Tahoe in Truckee, California. While no instruction is
available, the 3,000 vertical square feet of climbing wall at Sports Exchange is available for party rentals. A day pass is $5 per person.
Various types of climbs, ranging in difficulty, are also available at this climbing gym. Sports Exchange is open daily from 8a to 8p.
Correction: During a telephone conference with Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, on March 10th,a Northstar representative told me that the will be adding a climbing wall to the resort this summer. That same representative called me back on March 11th, to tell me they were in error. Latest word, therefore, is: Northstart-at-Tahoe will not be adding a climbing wall to the resort this summer.For more information: Climbing Terminology