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Free Climbing Walls

The Mountaineers' headquarters in the Magnusson Park
The Outside Climbing Wall
Sailing in the Magnusson Park
The Boulder in the North Sea Tac Park

The summer is just around the corner and more climbers flock outside to play on Washington's crags where they can be obedient from gyms' rules and fees.

There is a new addition to my collection of the free climbing walls. In my previous posts I wrote about the Marymoor Park in Redmond and Arbor Heights 360 in Auburn.

Recently biking along the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle, I swung by the Magnusson Park to check out the Mountaineers' new headquarters in old Navy building, where the organization moved into last November. A rock-climbing wall made of steel and fiberglass, painted and molded to resemble a mountainside in the Cascades, rises along the southern face of the building, visible from Sand Point Way Northeast.The courtyard features an artificial boulder. The wall is open to the public. It’s free to use, but occasionally is reserved for training courses run by the Mountaineers. The mountaineers built it and donated it to the City of Seattle!

The Magnusson Park offers a wide variety of water sports activities : kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding.

In my post about the North Sea Tac Park, I didn't write about a boulder I found ( to my surprise) in front of the Community Center. Its not much , but it sure beats sweating in a gym on a nice summer day. Besides, did I mention it was free ?

Another reason ( besides being free ) I loved those parks , you can really multi task there : trail running, biking, climbing- whatever the order you want to do it.

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