Sara Hertwig
Christian Walters, 9, watches as his sister Emma Walters, 5, reaches for a hand hold as she makes her way across the climbing wall installed at Deer Creek Elementary, February 8, 2018.
Climbing the wall: Kids get lateral with a new fun-filled apparatus at DCES

It’s one of those things you don’t expect to see in an elementary school. In fact, you don’t really expect to see a climbing wall in any mountain area school — and yet, there it is: Eight feet tall, 21 feet long, and covered with painted mountains and lots of children clamoring with amusement and glee.

Fully installed in mid-January, Deer Creek Elementary’s new traverse climbing wall was four years in the making and the dream of physical education teacher Shawn Flores.