April 16, 2016, will be the grand opening of “The Climb” in Russellville. The Climb is an obstacle course that is sure to challenge the physically fit, as well as provide an experience that will leave you feeling accomplished and entertained.
The Climb will be located at the old rock quarry off Nashville Road. Benjamin Lamb of Bowling Green is reopening the quarry as part of a dream come true.
“It is not easy reopening a quarry,” said Lamb. “But it is one man’s dream come true, and it’s like coming home again.”
Lamb grew up in a unique setting directly behind an old abandoned rock quarry/gravel pit much like the one in Russellville. He and his 14 siblings found it to be the perfect playground. They created rope swings and zip lines going into the quarry, as well as swam, fished, hunted, camped and climbed gravel hills and trees. They explored, ran trails, found natural springs, creeks and more, said Lamb.
To Benjamin, this was the perfect way to spend his days.
“I have always missed them good ol’ days,” Lamb says. “That’s why I am recreating just that at The Climb. You will feel your youth come alive when swinging like Tarzan out into the clear crisp water, or riding our zip line as far as you can hang on, then free falling into the quarry, with a nice swim to shore.”
Lamb said you’ll be able to pull yourself across 100 feet of rope over water, rope walk over mud, belly crawl under barb wire, climb over old buildings, wade through muddy water, climb steep banks and hills, explore small caves, see wildlife, scale walls, and just be outdoors to enjoy life.
The first group will start at 9 a.m. This is an extreme course and participants must understand the risks involved. You must be in good health and physical shape to complete the course.
Groups will be divided into 6 people and 8 groups will take off every 15 minutes. It’s highly recommended to bring your own team, but you can come alone and they will group you at random.
Obstacles include zip lining, belly crawls, swimming, rope swings into quarry to tight rope walking over quarry. Again, this course is extreme and not for the weak.
“We will also have live bands and DJs on our huge outdoor stage. We will have camping, nature trails, kayaking, or you can just lounge by the water and take in the sun,” said Lamb. “Sound fun?”
Food and drink vendors will be setup on site at your expense. The Climb will provide 20 water stations throughout the course free for participants. Water canisters that clip to your side are recommended. Coolers are welcome.
We will have approximately 10 acres of gravel parking. However, it may fill up quickly, so please carpool if possible. Camping is also available on site, either daily, weekly or yearly. Sites have 30 and 50 amp hookups, water and electric.
All participants must bring a government issued photo id (drivers license is fine) and signed waiver. It’s recommended to wear water shoes, swim trunks or bathing suit. You will be wet and swimming in this extreme physical course. Extra spending money or credit card is recommended for photos, food, drinks and games.
This is not a kid friendly course, so no kids under the age of 16 will be able to participate in the obstacle course.
If you would like to find out more about The Climb, visit survivetheclimb.com or like them on Facebook.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.