An indoor climbing apparatus that owners of the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Penticton said would be similar to the one they are building on Ellis Street.

Hoodoo grabs new venture

Lyndie Hill has long had a dream of building an indoor climbing facility in Penticton, she just didn’t know it would happen so fast.

Lyndie Hill has long had a dream of building an indoor climbing facility in Penticton, she just didn’t know it would happen so fast.

“When I lived in New Zealand they had an outdoor pursuits centre and it is a big deal there. I always saw some symmetry with what they are doing and what we have available to us in Penticton,” she said. “So this was always in the back of my mind, then the right building came available in October and we just went for it. I had this vision to bring this centre to Penticton; we just didn’t think it would come this quickly.”

The 5,000 square foot building located at 131 Ellis St. became available and Hill, who is CEO of Hoodoo Adventures, jumped on it. It will feature a 2,000 square foot indoor climbing facility and will be the central tour booking office for Hoodoo Adventures. The family-friendly Outdoor Pursuits Centre will cater to school groups, kids parties and offer indoor activities year-round.

“We have this huge climbing community in the area and from what I have heard so far, lots of people are really excited about the centre. I have been getting lots of emails of people looking forward to supporting it,” said Hill.

Growing up, Hill was exposed to camping, fishing and other outdoor activities. But it wasn’t until she was an adult and spending time travelling the world when she found her passion.

“I was travelling and trying to figure out what to do with my life. One day I was reading this outdoor magazine and it popped out at me — an outdoor recreation school,” said Hill.

The avid outdoorsperson immersed herself in the industry while in New Zealand for eight years before she decided to move to Penticton to make an impact on the community she grew up in.

“One of the things I like to share is that there are lots of opportunities in the world. You don’t have to be keyholed into a traditional job. I grew up with all these great opportunities that lots of kids don’t get to have. Now I want to make sure those kids get to have the chances I did and through the centre I can,” said Hill.

While the Outdoor Pursuits Centre doesn’t open until January, Hoodoo Adventures is already planning for after school and holiday programs for kids, courses for adults and some that both parents and their children can share together. As well, there will be bike and sea kayak rentals.

The climbing area will suit both experienced climbers and those who are beginners.

“We wanted something for everyone. It will be a great starting place for people to introduce them to outdoor opportunities,” said Hill.

Opening the Outdoor Pursuits Centre means Hill will have to hire more staff and continue to grow her business.

“Being able to give back to the community is a big reason why we moved back here. I wanted to offer the community something and now we can do that year-round,” said Hill.

 

 

Just Posted

Naramata Rd residences without power due to downed line

The line was accidentally cut when a man was trimming tree branches with a chainsaw

First Penticton Farmers’ Market sees great turnout, sunny skies

Market is set to take place every Saturday going forward in the 100 block of Main Street until fall

Motorcycle crash on Highway 97 in Penticton sends driver to hospital

No other vehicle was involved in the incident, driver was alert and did not suffer major injuries

Blue Man Group set to rock the Okanagan

The world famous Blue Man Group is bringing their high energy rockn’ show to Penticton for two shows.

Column: When is plant and animal species loss a crisis?

David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation

Update: Fire destroys Peachland home on Somerset Avenue

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Egg hunts take over Vernon

Among the hunts include the 14 annual Schnare’s Massive Egg Hunt.

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Six months after legalization, high prices and supply issues boost illicit pot market

It has been six months since Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis

Most Read