Rock climbers will soon be scaling the dizzy heights of a new wall, set to open in Birmingham next month.
Climbers were left without an indoor venue after the hugely popular Rockface closed down in the city centre without warning last October.
Experienced climber Mike Kerby and his friend Ian Gee, who helped build Rockface, came to the rescue by setting up the Creation Climbing Company, and are soon to open an indoor climbing centre at Epic Skate Park in the old bus depot in Moseley Road.
Building began in January and phase one, which will include a 15-metre climbing wall and more than 40 'top rope' routes of up to 12 metres, will open early next month.
Mr Kerby said: "We're working very hard to get the wall open by June. Phase one is threequarters complete. I'm here till midnight most nights and I can't wait for it to open. I haven't climbed myself since November so I'm really looking forward to having somewhere to go."
The four-year development programme at Epic will include a new cafe, a bar, new shops to cater for both skaters and climbers, a small-screen cinema and meeting room for local climbing clubs. There are also plans for a gym and an ice-climbing wall for 2008.