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Free outdoor climbing wall at UW

The University of Washington has an amazing Intramural Activities (IMA) building located north of Husky Stadium. In additional to magnificent views of Lake Washington and the mountains, the IMA offers current UW students and faculty/staff IMA members the opportunity for year round climbing at their climbing facility with 5,800 sq ft. of climbing surfaces.

But you don't have to be a student to take advantage of their free climbing wall located at the southern edge of the parking lot between Husky Stadium and the Montlake Cut, on the University of Washington campus. Made of concrete with light loose gravel. Rumored to be one of the oldest outdoor walls in WA.

According to Climbingwashington.com :

The UW rock is a concrete-and-stone affair built in 1975, and is one of the best artificial bouldering facilities anywhere...It has some of the hardest boulder problems in Washington, although they are mostly contrived...
I haven't had a chance to climb there ( yet ), and I am not sure whether it's mostly bouldering or top rope wall ( sorry my arrogance). But you know me, I will find out !

What I absolutely love about UW is that it's a great multi sport area : the Burke Gilman trail is just across the road, and the Waterfront Activities Center is basically a few feet away from the above mentioned climbing wall.

What do you think about this " action packed " Sat/Sun : bike along the Burke Gilman trail from Gasworks Park to UW, climb on the wall, then rent a canoe/rowboat ( or sailboat ) for a nice paddle around Union Bay ?

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