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Indoor climbing wall to bear student's name

Published September 20, 2011 8:42 am

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An indoor climbing wall at Westminster College of Salt Lake City will be named after student Ryan Bishop, who drowned April 28 in a canoeing accident at Lake Powell.

The Oct. 8 dedication ceremony of "Bishop's Wall" will take place at 11 a.m.

"Ryan was patient, kind, joyful and enthusiastic about the outdoors and all it had to offer," said Liz Rogers, director of Westminster's outdoor recreation program. "His enthusiasm was contagious, and he is deeply missed by many. We hope this day will celebrate and honor his values and the way he lived his life."

As part of the event, the nonprofit group Gear to Grow will conduct a sale of outdoor recreation gear from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Ryan Bishop Fund at Westminster College.

Founded in 2009 by Westminster alumni Corey Kirkwood and Jon VonLunen, Gear to Grow obtains lightly used merchandise from retailers and distributes it to smaller nonprofits that encourage outdoor recreation.

Climbing wall demonstrations and a workshop on hypothermia also are scheduled.

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