Monday, January 30, 2012

Excalibur: The World's Tallest Climbing Wall

Towering over 121 feet (37 meters) in the air, the Excalibur at the Klimcentrum Bjoeks (Bjoeks Climb Center) in the town of Groningen, The Netherlands, is considered to be the tallest climbing wall in the world. What makes climbing the Excalibur a challenge, aside from the monumental height, is a sleek curve 36 feet (11 meters) out from the base that creates an artificial overhang as one encounters when climbing a real peak. Because of the curve it is possible to climb the tower in many different ways, each posing a different challenge.

At Bjoeks Climb Center, there is an array of indoor climbing walls, including one designed for first-timers and another that’s at a 45 degree angle. There’s also a large indoor-outdoor bordering area with 117 boulders to scamper over.

The Bjoeks Climb Center was started in 1996 by Gert van deer Veen and his friend and climbing partner, Alco Pols.

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15 comments:

  1. This is awesome.... no longer the talelst though! Check this out:

    http://www.epusa.com/news/CommRow_Grand_Opening_of_the_Tallest_Climbing_Wall_in_the_World.html

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  2. why isn't there a bar at the top?

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    1. Serving highballs

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    2. Because you can't toprope something that steep and tall. If you did you would pendulum like 100ft.

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  3. Yeah, not the tallest as of October 2012. I know because I can see it from my window.

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  4. Sticking a climbing wall on the side of an existing building is easy. This is still the tallest purpose built climbing tower in the world.

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  5. Ok so you can say the tallest freestanding artificial climbing wall; but definably not the
    "The World's Tallest Climbing Wall"!!

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  6. 165 m (~541 ft):
    http://www.tourendatenbank.com/staudamm-klettern-am-diga-di-luzzone/

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  7. Only costs €11 for a day ticket. Not bad.
    http://theadventourist.com/travel/cool-stuff-to-try/climb-the-worlds-tallest-climbing-wall/

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  8. I've always wanted to climb a giant French fry!!!

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  9. I absolutely love this! I work with www.spectrumsports.com and we build walls for clients and rent out mobile climbing walls to customers as well. This is a wall on steroids that has radioactive super powers and was built by a unicorn's rainbow! I love this!

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  10. this is brill, can't wait to go. the one in the link above is just a cheesy gimik boring looking wall, buildering has been around for many years and much taller buildings have been scaled.

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