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hhelbein


Apr 26, 2008, 7:56 PM
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Climbing gyms in Jackson, MS area?  (North_America: United_States: Mississippi: Central_Mississippi)
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Are there any climbing gyms or outside bouldering areas in the Jackson, MS area? Searching rc.com and Google only turns up something in Starksville, MS which is 2+ hours from Ridgeland where I'll be next week. Thanks.
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There is a small indoor wall at the Mississippi College Healthplex in Clinton. About 30 feet high, with a potential for 20+ routes. I did most of the setup about 10 years ago, but haven't been there for several years. They only allowed toprope the last time I was there. There's no outside climbing in the area.


hhelbein


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Thanks for the info. I'm not sure they still operate the climbing wall at the HealthPlex. Their web site doesn't list it as a facility and a note in the routes section states it is closed since Nov 2006.
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That doesn't really surprise me. It was a money pit from the word go. They had no idea what they were getting in to when they hired the company to construct the wall. They paid something like 80 grand to a company that went belly up after signing the construction contract. The wall wasn't finished until 3-4 months after the grand opening, and they didn't realize they would have to purchase holds, ropes, anchor equipment, or any climbing gear. They hired me to sort things out and run the wall, but then ignored my advice on how to set policy. For two years, they wouldn't allow non-members to come in and climb, and no climbers would fork out the huge membership fees. I left after about 6 months and only went back once because an old friend was working there. Things had gotten much worse and they refused to fork out the dough to replace broken holds and worn out equipment.

Oh well. As far as I know, the closest gym is in New Orleans. The closest climbable rock is in Tishomingo State Park on the north side of Tupelo.


ChinaCat03


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If you happened to come around birmingham you can always go to the moss rock preserve and climb. I just thought that you might want to know. Just in case.


34318Stretch


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I'm working on a bouldering wall in my backyard, heres a pic. Its 18 ft tall with a 15 and 25 degree overhang. I tried to attach a photo.
Attachments: Climbing wall 008.jpg (50.9 KB)


girlclimb


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You finish that awesome wall yet?


wmw752


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I'm visiting family in Jackson over Christmas break and I'm hoping there's been some kind of climbing revolution since the last post on this thread. Any updates on climbing in Jackson, MS??


bhawkins


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Apparently a new climbing Gym is opening up in Ridgeland right outside of Jackson. Haven't had a chance to get up there yet, but here's the link to their facebook page with all the info.
https://www.facebook.com/hangoutrockclimbing


khowe765


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Jackson doesn't have much, but it does have a bouldering gym, and a climbing wall. The Hangout in Ridgeland is the new bouldering gym. It's $7, and it's open Mon, Thur, and Fridays 6-9. There is a climbing wall at First Baptist Church Jackson's Family life Center. It's $5 and open Tuesday's 4-8, and Saturday 8am-12, and is just top rope - wall is 28ft I think.


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Hangout bouldering gym is closed, but FBC Jackson's Wall is open (I currently work there). It's $20 for a monthly membership (no day passes). Here's the facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Baptist-Church-Climbing-Wall/540240469351015?ref=stream


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