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Hitting the wall for a cause

Local climber Dave Rogers scales at wall at the Coastal Climbing Centre. He is hoping to expose some newcomers to the sport of rock climbing and at the same time raise money for cancer research. - Evan Seal / The Leader
Local climber Dave Rogers scales at wall at the Coastal Climbing Centre. He is hoping to expose some newcomers to the sport of rock climbing and at the same time raise money for cancer research.
— image credit: Evan Seal / The Leader

A local outdoor enthusiast is looking to introduce newcomers to the sport of rock climbing while at the same time raising money for cancer research.

Having been an avid rock climber for 13 years, Dave Rogers approached the owners of the Coastal Climbing Centre in Newton about offering the space for an evening of climbing, with all proceeds going to The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefitting the BC Cancer Foundation.

"I have a friend of mine whose son has leukemia. I like cycling and climbing and I thought you know, why not," said Rogers. "And really that's how it all started."

Rogers took part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer last year but some paperwork issues at the border didn't allow him to complete the two-day ride all the way to Seattle, so he ended up riding the equivalent mileage (250 kilometers) in Canada. But with all his ducks now in a row, he plans on completing the ride this year.

"I spoke to my friends that own the Coastal Climbing CentreĀ  and asked if I could rent a section of the gym for the night and I would donate all the money I make to the cancer foundation in their name and they thought that was a great idea."

The climbing wall will be be available for two hours with belayers (climbers who use safety ropes to make sure you don't fall) on site throughout the night.

"Rock climbing is a sport that not a lot of people try," said Rogers. "It's a super fun sport and a lot safer than people think. Bike riding is much more dangerous."

The Climbing for a Cure event is $20 and takes place Sunday, April 13 from 5-7 p.m. at Coastal Climbing Centre, located at #202-7728 128 St. It is open to all ages and no previous experience is necessary.

Rogers is also looking for people to donate door prizes for the event.

For more information, contact Dave Rogers at 604-785-4758 or email bmynbr@hotmail.com

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