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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | March 31, 1995
Crystal Norfolk climbed a mountain yesterday afternoon at Burleigh Manor Middle School.The 13-year-old Maryland School for the Deaf student had an opportunity to scale the Howard County school's rock-climbing wall -- and she loved it."She's having a great time," said her physical education teacher, Dean Buck, as Crystal pulled him over to watch her climb along the fake rocks bolted into Burleigh Manor's gymnasium wall."I'm pleasantly surprised and really pleased that all of the kids are really enjoying this.
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By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, a group of women can be found scaling their way up the 40-foot walls of the Earth Treks indoor climbing center in Timonium. The women started climbing for different reasons, but they all have one thing in common: a complete willingness to put their safety into others' hands on a weekly basis. What they do: For about two hours each session, the women meet at the gym and alternate between climbing and spotting for one another. The number of women in the group varies depending on the day. They start out by ensuring the rope is properly latched into the belayer's metal braking device, sometimes called a gris-gris, and then tying the rope with figure-eight and stop knots.
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By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,Staff Writer | March 9, 1992
In Baltimore these days, people are climbing the walls.Literally.Indoor rock climbing has come to town, folks. You can indulge in the sport at the Clipper City Rock Gym, which looks more like a dank, cavernous warehouse than a typical gym."I have really wanted to do this for a long time," said 19-year-old Allison Steiner, as she tied a rope around her waist in preparation for her first climb. The Johns Hopkins University sophomore always has enjoyed things like hiking and camping -- and sees this sport as the next logical step.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2012
Tanger Outlets is celebrating its grand re-opening after renovations with today's Summer Savings Bash. The daylong event at the former Ocean City Factory Outlets includes a concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring Kris Allen, the winner of American Idol's 8th season, along with games, face-painting, rock-climbing, prizes and special savings for shoppers. Fireworks will top off the evening. Go to http://www.tangeroutlet.com/oceancity/events for more info.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2001
After almost two centuries of sailing and seamanship, Naval Academy midshipmen, bound for careers on the sea, are about to learn a new skill: rock climbing. Starting this summer, before classes begin, the academy is requiring all freshmen to learn the basics of climbing and rappelling, with the help of its new $400,000 rock-climbing wall. Officials are considering making rock climbing part of the school curriculum. The 47-foot wall, one of the largest on the East Coast, was more than 10 years in the making, largely because of midshipmen's efforts to win the support of the administration.
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By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,Staff Writer | March 9, 1992
In Baltimore these days, people are climbing the walls.Literally.Indoor rock climbing has come to town, folks. You can indulge in the sport at the Clipper City Rock Gym, which looks more like a dank, cavernous warehouse than a typical gym."I have really wanted to do this for a long time," said 19-year-old Allison Steiner, as she tied a rope around her waist in preparation for her first climb. The Johns Hopkins University sophomore always has enjoyed things like hiking and camping -- and sees this sport as the next logical step.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | May 6, 1997
Hilary Byrne hates gyms.Riding a StairMaster doesn't compare to the rush the 31-year-old Towson computer programmer gets from climbing over the jagged edges and 12-foot overhangs along the 44-foot-high synthetic walls of Earth Treks in Columbia, the only rock-climbing gym in the Baltimore area."
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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 10, 2002
Eleven-year-old Seth Lippa clung to a sheer rock face last week, 25 feet above ground. The youngster called down to Patapsco Valley State Park naturalist David Chrest, who wore a harness and rope attached to his climbing gear. Seth was ready to come down. This is the second year that Seth, an Elkridge resident, has climbed the wall. He is a participant in the park's Junior Rangers program for ages 8 to 13. "It's fun rock climbing," Seth said, adding that he enjoyed climbing so much last summer that he signed up again.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | June 4, 1995
Elizabeth Mangin, who will be strapped in a back brace for most of the summer, has learned a painful lesson about rock climbing."Don't go climbing alone, be careful, use safety ropes and learn what you are doing," Elizabeth said Thursday.That was the day after she was discharged from Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated for five days for a fractured left arm as well as shoulder and back injuries.On May 26, Elizabeth, 15, a Fallston High School 10th-grader, was severely injured in a 20-foot fall off a portion of the King and Queen seat at Rocks State Park in Harford County.
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By Kiesha Simpson and Kiesha Simpson,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | October 9, 1995
Plans are under way to rebuild a rock climbing gym that burned in the fatal Clipper Industrial Park fire last month."We are definitely rebuilding and reopening," said Jim Ellis, owner of the Clipper City Rock Gym. "The support is overwhelming considering we started with nothing. Climbers have lost a big part of their lives."The rock gym, one of the East Coast's largest facilities, had more than 12,000 registered climbers nationwide on its list, Mr. Ellis said. "Children 7 to 8 years old came here, even 50 years old," he said.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2011
Only days after the arrest on sexual-assault charges of a climbing coach at Earth Treks, a second instructor for the company has been charged with performing sex acts with a minor. In both instances, the girls had been learning rock-climbing skills, police in Howard County said. The most recent arrest is that of Daniel Lloyd Montague, a 20-year-old assistant climbing coach at the company's facility in Columbia, who was charged Thursday with four fourth-degree sex offenses. Montague, who lives on Pindell School Road in Fulton, is no longer employed at Earth Treks, which describes itself online as offering "the best rock climbing in the greater Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland region.
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By Janet Gilbert | October 12, 2008
Janet, stop climbing like a man!" An ordinary woman might be a little intimidated or at least embarrassed by these words, especially if they are shouted at you while you are 30 feet off the floor on a wall at an indoor climbing gym. But not me. Of course, the instructor was referring to the fact that I was using my arms excessively to get up the wall, instead of my legs. If you think about climbing the way you ascend a ladder, it's obvious this makes little sense. But in the brief moments after he yelled to me, I realized he had summed up my entire life's philosophy in those prophetic words.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER | June 17, 2006
Jason Weesner is halfway up the wall when he hesitates. He briefly glances down to check his foot position, then plots his next move. Grip after grip, he pushes and pulls himself to the top of the 28-foot edifice, pauses for a moment and yells "take!" -- the rock climber's jargon for "get me down!" After he is lowered down the wall, he unties the knot in his rope and rests. This is Weesner's first indoor-rock-climbing session -- an introductory class at Earth Treks Climbing Center in Timonium.
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December 11, 2005
"Since I work out a lot during the week, I take the weekend to go out with friends and/or go dancing. Saturday, we'll see a movie (Chronicles of Narnia) and prep for the holiday. Sunday we go to church, and I always try to do something adventurous, like rock climbing or attending a sporting event, before I start planning the week ahead." Lynne Brick, owner, Brick Bodies Fitness clubs
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | January 15, 2004
At first glance, it doesn't look like a manmade mountain. With its cinderblock and metal exterior walls jutting upward from a wide concrete mound, Earth Treks' Timonium rock-climbing facility blends into the Baltimore region's compacted industrial landscape like a warehouse or plant. But the interior space is a wilder place altogether, offering vertical paths for thrill-seekers who want to escape - if only mentally - the bustle of the urban atmosphere. Thousands of locals, young and old, spend hours at the center practicing the physically and mentally challenging sport of rock climbing.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | September 18, 2003
Clinging to the sheer face of a wall more than 30 feet above ground, April Camlin craned her head toward the sky. With the cautious deliberation of a chess player, she stretched one hand upward, grasping at an outcropping no larger than a tennis ball. The move allowed her to shift her feet and with one final push, reach the top of the 34-foot wall. Camlin, 19, of Baltimore, was one of more than a dozen Towson University students suspended in midair on a recent afternoon at the school's hottest recreational attraction -- its two three-story climbing walls.
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December 11, 2005
"Since I work out a lot during the week, I take the weekend to go out with friends and/or go dancing. Saturday, we'll see a movie (Chronicles of Narnia) and prep for the holiday. Sunday we go to church, and I always try to do something adventurous, like rock climbing or attending a sporting event, before I start planning the week ahead." Lynne Brick, owner, Brick Bodies Fitness clubs
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2012
Tanger Outlets is celebrating its grand re-opening after renovations with today's Summer Savings Bash. The daylong event at the former Ocean City Factory Outlets includes a concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring Kris Allen, the winner of American Idol's 8th season, along with games, face-painting, rock-climbing, prizes and special savings for shoppers. Fireworks will top off the evening. Go to http://www.tangeroutlet.com/oceancity/events for more info.
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By Jane Engle and Jane Engle,Special to the Sun | May 25, 2003
Remember the gung-ho, trophy-sports vacation? Fifty miles of biking followed by some kayaking, hiking, a little rock climbing -- and that was just the morning schedule. Or so it seemed. If that kind of punishing itinerary has kept you from trying an active vacation, take heart. Outfitters are starting to fit their trips to Americans' pampered lifestyles. Consider the new thrice-monthly "Howling Urban Adventure" in Vancouver, British Columbia. After checking into a suite at the Pacific Palisades Hotel, run by the hip Kimpton chain, you are driven to English Bay for two hours of kayaking under a full (or nearly so)
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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 10, 2002
Eleven-year-old Seth Lippa clung to a sheer rock face last week, 25 feet above ground. The youngster called down to Patapsco Valley State Park naturalist David Chrest, who wore a harness and rope attached to his climbing gear. Seth was ready to come down. This is the second year that Seth, an Elkridge resident, has climbed the wall. He is a participant in the park's Junior Rangers program for ages 8 to 13. "It's fun rock climbing," Seth said, adding that he enjoyed climbing so much last summer that he signed up again.
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