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August 18, 2014

Sorry for the late post today.  Hubby and I just pulled in after a quick 4 day trip to Maryland.  Yikes, we drove through some really heavy rain. Glad to be home safe and sound.  Special shout out of thanks to Mom for babysitting her grand-doggies!

So, what do I have up my sleeve for this rainy Repurposeful Monday?

Climbing walls!

You're thinking, "What could climbing walls have to do with repurposing?"  

Well, tons, as it turns out.

The photo, above right, is actually an old abandoned nuclear power plant near Kalkar, Germany, that was turned into a climbing wall.  In fact, Wunderland, a high-tech amusement park, was built around the radiation-free plant. 

Built in 1972, the reactor was never used due to soaring construction costs and residents' fears following the Chernobyl accident.  It stood abandoned until 1996 when the plans for the park were drawn up.
Over 600,000 visitors a year enjoy the park's 40 rides, restaurants and hotels.
Kind of creepy but in a fun and practical way.

So, where is the world's tallest climbing wall?
Right here in the USA - Reno, Nevada, to be exact.
Built on the side of the Whitney Peak Hotel, the climbing wall is 164 feet tall.

Located outside a residential area of Nad Jazerom, Slovakia, a heat exchanger (I have no idea what that is) was converted to indoor galleries.  Part of the exterior was transformed into an angular climbing wall.

I would feel so much less anxious if there was padding on the concrete.

Extreme sports enthusiasts will go to great heights to experience the thrill of the 'unconquered.'

What's that on the left?  It's a grain silo in Iowa that is turned into an ice climbing wall in the winter.

Here's an interior shot of the silo.  No, thanks!


Curt Marx, a clever University of Minnesota student, has drawn up plans to convert the abandoned Bunge grain elevator, right, outside Como into a rock climbing gym.  

Watch out, Reno!  The 206 ft. tower would become the world's tallest climbing wall.

Today's post features just a few of the many abandoned buildings across the world that are being repurposed into climbing walls and other types of recreational facilities.  Maybe there are unused buildings around your community that could be transformed into useful and fun centers of activity.


  1. oh my, I was dizzy just looking at the photos!!!

  2. After looking at the climbing walls all I can say is people sure got some strange notions of what's fun!

  3. Sad to say our community has many abandoned buildings. I can think of at least one which would make a great climbing wall.

  4. Jan, that is a fascinating post. Much better to use abandoned (or not abandoned) buildings and make use of them again.


  5. Good Morning Jan, I am going to show my husband your photos as he used to be a keen climber and he would be fascinated to see these climbing walls. My daughter, Danielle, loves climbing aswell, so I am going to pass your post onto her as she will enjoy the photos.
    It is a good use for abandoned buildings as there must be a great need for climbing walls if they are all being used.
    Thank you for such an interesting post.

    Best Wishes