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Nation's largest rock-climbing gym opens in Glendale Heights

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 4:00 p.m. CDT
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Ellie Rosak of Monika checks out one of the climbing courses at Glendale Heights' new Vertical Endeavors, which celebrated its grand opening Saturday.
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Vertical Endeavors owners Pam (from left) and Nate Postma cut the ribbon at the rock-climbing facility's grand opening Saturday with the help of Glendale Heights Village President Linda Jackson and other officials.
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Rock-climbing enthusiasts attend the grand opening Saturday of Glendale Heights' Vertical Endeavors, the largest indoor rock-climbing facility in the country.
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Lucy Schmudde of Villa Park learns how to rock climb Saturday at the grand opening of Vertical Endeavors in Glendale Heights.
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Vertical Endeavors employee Colin O'Connor demonstrates how to climb the crack climb along one of the facility's Devils Tower replicas during its grand opening Saturday in Glendale Heights.
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Andrew Immormino of Champaign climbs Saturday during the grand opening of Glendale Heights' Vertical Endeavors.
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On Saturday, Vertical Endeavors owners Nate and Pam Postma celebrate the opening of their Glendale Heights rock-climbing facility, the largest gym of its kind in the country.

GLENDALE HEIGHTS – Rock-climbing adventurists put their skills to the test Saturday at the grand opening of Glendale Heights’ Vertical Endeavors, the largest indoor rock-climbing facility in the United States.

The gym, 246 Windy Point Drive, has 42,000 square feet of floor space, 44,000 square feet of climbing surface and more than 180 climbing routes.

It is the fifth location for Vertical Endeavors.

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