The University of Iowa announced that the climbing wall in its Campus Recreation and Wellness Center has reopened. The wall was shut down last November after a student fell.
The university says after its investigation, it found no indications that the wall or its components contributed to the accident. The report concludes that the cause of the accident could not be definitively identified, according to the university.
"Two separate climbing wall firms inspected the wall and reported that the wall is in good condition and ready for use," the university said in a press release obtained by Club Industry. "Other than the wall itself, the climber and belayer were not using any other [University of Iowa] equipment when the fall occurred."
Spencer Bean, a senior at the university, fell between 30 and 40 feet from the wall on Nov. 8, 2012. Bean, an experienced rock climber, landed on his feet, but he suffered two crushed vertebrae and almost was paralyzed.
According to the website www.checkonspencer.wordpress.com, Bean is back on campus preparing for his final semester before graduation and is expected to make a full recovery.