Outdoor Journal

Climbing Montford: Put your tight little climbing shoes on (tennis shoes will do, in a pinch). The Montford Recreation Center has an indoor climbing wall, complete with new holds and routes. It’s sponsored by Asheville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts department, and it’s open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5 per climbing session, with additional fees for renting gear. Belay-certification classes, yearly passes, 10-climb passes, climbing-wall rentals and birthday parties are also available. For more information, contact Adam Kirk at 253-3714 or montfordr@ashevillenc.gov.

More running girls: Participation will likely double this year for local nonprofit Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina. The organization offers elementary- and middle-school programs dedicated to preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Last year, Girls on the Run served almost 500 local girls; this year, they’re expecting more than 1,000.

Starting the first week in September, the 14-week curriculum addresses self-esteem, healthy lifestyle habits, goal setting, teamwork, keeping promises and communication skills. By the end of the program, the girls are prepared to participate in a 5K community run.

For more information, call Molly Peeples at 713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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