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Climbing movie christens new auditorium at Glenwood Springs High School

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted Photo by B.J. Sbarra

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Being a rock climber and the teacher responsible for the Reel Rock Film Tour coming to Glenwood Springs High School, Michael Schneiter may be a little biased about the movie.

“It’s kind of a big deal,” he said. “It’s a nationwide film tour that they do each year.”

This is the third year for the Reel Rock Film Tour, with their feature film, “The Sharp End” depicting some of the world’s best climbers doing some of the world’s best climbing.

“The people that made this film are probably the best in the climbing film genre right now,” Schneiter said. “They are kind of like the ‘Warren Miller’ or ‘Teton Gravity’ of climbing films. They are really good films.”

He might be biased, or maybe he’s just excited about this year’s film being the inaugural event held in the new auditorium at GSHS. And it’s being held for good reason. Other than the completion of the auditorium, Schneiter is showing the film to help raise money to start a climbing club at the school. The idea was brought to Schneiter’s attention through students involved in the Impact Club at GSHS. The Impact Club has long been involved in the community from an environmental aspect but, according to Schneiter, some of the kids wanted to expand their horizons.

“The kids really wanted to start a climbing club, and I used to teach climbing at Bridges High School,” Schneiter said. “Some of the kids already climb, but there’s been this interest in getting a climbing program started.”

Climbing is a good sport for students who don’t like traditional sports, according to Schneiter, and being in western Colorado, it’s a good fit.

“I think it’s a great thing because climbing is a great physical sport and it’s also a mental sport. So it’s a great way to stay in shape and stay active,” Schneiter said. “But I think, at any high school, and in particular at GSHS, our kids play football, basketball and those types of traditional sports. There are those kids that are ‘ball sport’ type of kids, but then you have those kids that don’t quite fit into that, so I think climbing will offer a way to keep some kids interested and involved in school.”

The money raised from Wednesday’s event will go toward building a climbing wall in the auxiliary gym at GSHS. From there, it’s up to the students where the club goes.

“This program will provide a great opportunity for us to reach more kids and to give them another activity they can do and be involved in,” Schneiter said.

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