Waters may rise but centre will climb higher

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The team at Rokt Climbing Gym are proving they can rise higher than the floods with exciting new plans for 2016 being revealed.

Despite two to three feet of flood water covering the climbing wall centre’s entire ground floor, the tourist attraction was open for business within a couple ofdays.

Euan Noble, Commercial Director of ROKT Climbing Gym, said: “Within 48 hours of the floods we were back open for business thanks to the team here and a kind-hearted army of volunteers. We never stand still and work is now under way on a series of major new developments and improvements, which should start to be completed from late January onwards.

“This will see ROKT move on to the next level as not just a UK-leading climbing centre, but as a small visitor attraction which is great news for Calderdale and Yorkshire.

“The development plans will see large parts of the ground floor redesigned so that beginners and families have a series of new experiences to enjoy. Then as you move up the building, the climbs get harder - culminating in a major new competition wall in the Northlight Bouldering Studio (four times larger than the current competition wall), which we hope to complete by summer for our elite climbers.

“In the meantime, we are open for business with over 400 routes, 20 x 21m leadwall routes and 32 x 16.5m top rope routes. Visitor numbers have been really positive already this month.

“Most of these developments have flood resilience factored in to help mitigate any impact potential future flooding may have.”

Some of the development plans due for completion this winter include a giant solo climbing ball pit experience, a brand new entrance and walk-through experience and a 12 pod ground floor Roktagon bouldering and caving complex

Projects set for the summer include a team Building Chamber the size of five squash courts and a ROKT Urban Ape experience.

A funding page was also set up to help with the repairs. Visit www.crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ROKTFLOODAPPEAL to donate.