Sequoia Wellness’s rock wall has been closed since May 2020 due to COVID-19; however, with the help of some NEOMED students, the rock wall recently reopened with great success.
In the summer of 2021, after more than a year of the wall being closed, Niki Price and Chris Roscoe, M2 students, reached out to Sequoia management to see how they could help reopen the wall.
“As leaders of NEOMED’s student group Wilderness Medicine,” said Niki, “Chris and I had a lot of comments about using the rock wall for training.”
Niki and Chris assisted in the creation of orientation videos, updating the standard operating procedures and initial maintenance to get the wall ready for use. In December, the wall was reopened to the public and the NEOMED community.
Josh Lamtman, fitness and wellness manager at Sequoia Wellness, said, “The initial response to the rock wall has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve had a ton of people reach out to schedule orientations.”
The wall has been open for a little more than a month now with no signs of new orientations and engagement slowing down.
“Chris and his team were an integral part of opening the wall,” said Josh. “I’m not sure the wall ever would have reopened without their help.”
Submitted by Sean Fejes, firstname.lastname@example.org.