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Rope Machine Takes The Height Out Of Climbing
"Schools are taking ropes out of their gyms because they're concerned students might fall," says Darren Kamp. "I climbed rope when I trained for wrestling when I was in high school, and my sons were wrestlers, too. I wanted them to be able to train by climbing rope, too."
So Kamp and his brother, Kelby, invented and patented a rope climbing machine called "MtEverClimb" where the climber never gets more than a few feet off the ground.
The 10-ft. tall machine uses pulley wheels and looped rope in a heavy-duty, tubular-steel frame. The machine takes up 52 by 34.5 in. of floor space. It has an automatic safety shut-off sensor. Speed, power and rope direction are controlled by a variable speed drive mounted on front of the machine.
"You can set it on a slow speed starting out, and as you progress, move to faster speeds," says Kamp. "If you have a partner, he can change speeds as you go."
Marketing of the machine has just gotten underway. Kamp donates the use of a machine to his old school for wrestling season. Machines have already found homes with the Pittsburg Steelers and several fitness facilities.
Kamp expects his major markets to be fitness centers and school sports departments. However, some individuals also may want to buy the machine. It is priced at $7,985 and carries a three-year warranty. An up/down timer option is $495 and a 6-in. platform extension adds another $195 to the cost. The MtEverClimb can be ordered in custom colors and in custom heights. Kamp requests a 50 percent deposit at order with the remainder due before the machine is delivered 4 to 6 weeks later.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, MtEverClimb, P.O. Box 435, Frostburg, Md. 21532 (ph 866 282-5402; info@mteverclimb.com; www.mteverclimb.com).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4