New Wall coming to Utah

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Ian Acker, Executive Director of Fit to Recover, looks at the climbing wall under construction. Photo:  ANDREA SMARDON KUER
Ian Acker, Executive Director of Fit to Recover, looks at the climbing wall under construction. Photo:
ANDREA SMARDON KUER

KUER, a public radio station in northern Utah reported last month that a new climbing wall is being constructed specifically to help those in drug recovery.

Salt Lake City’s nonprofit sober gym and community center, Fit to Recover is building the wall that will be housed in the cross-fit type gym.

The Petzl Foundation and Momentum Climbing Centers provided seed funding, volunteer labor and materials. Members of the gym have been helping out as well.

Fit for Life executive director Ian Acker told KUER, “Exercise is secondary. Climbing is secondary. The primary focus is community.”

Acker expects the climbing wall to be finished next week. But he’s got more plans after that. In the next 2 years, he wants to franchise and put one of these spots in 5 or 6 cities around the country.