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South County YMCA Adds Indoor Climbing Wall

New! The South County YMCA has built a high quality 25-foot indoor climbing wall near the Pinnacles National Park in Soledad, California. The wall has three routes to accommodate beginners to advanced. An auto-belay system and manual belays allow for individual climbing or group teambuilding.

The South County YMCA developed this new program opportunity to further their mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. The hope is to draw groups of people to the beautiful Salinas Valley and Pinnacles National Monument, to foster collaborations and to teach environmental responsibility.

The YMCA can accommodate groups of twelve or more for a climbing wall experience. Some groups like to bring their sleeping bag and spend the night, have a BBQ, use the wall, play gym sports and have a home base as they enjoy the Pinnacles. Individuals and families who live near the YMCA enjoy the many benefits of membership.

For more information, contact the South County YMCA at 560 Walker Drive, Soledad, CA, 93960. Phone: 831-678-1239 or e-mail

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