The U.S. National Whitewater Center is gearing up to open one of the only permanent man-made deep water solo climbing facilities in the world.
Adrenaline junkies seek out angled cliffs over bodies of water where they can free climb with a natural, albeit wet, safety net below.
It’s called deep water soloing, or psicobloc, and it’ll be available soon here in Charlotte.
“It’ll be the first permanent deep water solo facility of its kind in the world,” said USNWC Brand Manager Eric Osterhus.
And while that’s technically true, there is another taller temporary psicobloc wall that first went up in 2013 at the Utah Olympic Park in Salt Lake City. It was the first psicobloc wall built for competition in the United States and was open to the public following the events.
The Whitewater Center has also built its own temporary deep water solo wall for Tuck Fest, its annual three-day outdoor activity competition and festival.
Still, this new larger three-wall public climbing system is unique and will be the first permanent structure of its kind to offer this level of man-made climbing complexity over water.
Osterhus says they also have plans to add a bouldering garden at the base where climbers can hone additional skills closer to the ground.
The deep water solo facility will feature three angled walls ranging from 25 to 45 feet tall.
They’re situated alongside a 20-foot-deep pool designed to catch climbers when they fall.
The USNWC is planning to open the deep water solo complex the first weekend in October.
According to Osterhus, they are in the final stages of build out and are going through some “last-minute procedures” ahead of opening.
This activity will fall under the Coolsport Pass ($49 for adults, $44 for kids), which gives you all-day access to all land and flatwater activities at the center.
Still can’t quite picture it? See the USNWC’s temporary deep water solo wall in action at Tuck Fest below.