In the fall of 1999, something happened that set the wheels in motion for a new invention. At Northern High School, Accident, MD, the rope climb in the gym was removed due to high liability insurance. It was considered too dangerous for students to climb thirty feet without safety equipment.
Darren Kamp, Avilton, MD, who graduated from Northern in 1983 and had used the rope climb during his training for wrestling, had two sons attending Northern at the time. They were also involved in wrestling. He didn’t want to see rope climbing eliminated, so Darren decided to create a safe way to climb rope with the help of his brother, Kelby Kamp. Together, they came up with Mt. EverClimb, a continuous rope-climbing machine that simulates actual rope climbing.
After five years of work they were able to build a rope climbing machine. This one piece of equipment enables users to achieve a full-body strength and cardio workout. Some of the benefits of this combined anaerobic and aerobic training include increased strength, lean body mass, improved posture, improved muscle balance and increased bone density.
The machine features a heavy-duty welded tubular steel frame, a pulley wheel, and a looped rope that creates a continuous climbing action. A front-mounted switch box allows the user to control speed, power and direction of the rope. The machine has numerous safety and adjustable features that allow individuals to exercise at their own pace, accommodating users at any workout level. It offers a controlled environment within a limited amount of space for a safe climbing experience. The machine can be used for conditioning for the upper body, arms, and shoulders, hands, lower back, legs, and knees.