Wabash family donating 46 foot climbing wall to high school

After 10 months of meetings with the county, questions of needing the proper permit, and questions about future insurance, it became clear the wall needed a new home.

Posted: Jan. 11, 2018 6:23 PM
Updated: Jan. 11, 2018 10:52 PM

WABASH, Ind. (WFFT)- When Sean Unger and his family first had 'Unger Mountain' built they had plans to use the tower to help people conquer their fears and bring a thrill to Wabash.

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"I know what good can come of it, and I've seen it firsthand when people are on it. Overcoming fears and setting goals," Unger said.

In 2016 Unger had the tower built over the course of five days. After 10 months of meetings with the county, questions of needing the proper permit, and questions about future insurance, it became clear the wall needed a new home.

"The local high school, Southwood High School, seemed like the perfect place," Unger said.

In the time it stood Unger and some other family members were trained on the wall, and 150 people came to climb it, and if they were brave, take the dive off the quick jump. Perhaps the youngest was Unger's six-year-old son, Cale, and the oldest?

"Well, I don't know if I should give ages, but that's probably my mother," Unger said.

"It was hard. I didn't get up too far, but I just kept working at it and went through the training session and then in the afternoon I thought, 'If I'm ever gonna get up there, this is the chance,'" said Deanna Unger, Sean's mother.

Now, after being approved at a school board meeting this week, the bottom 16 feet of the wall are gone, and all 46 feet of the spectacle will soon stand at the school.

"We could look at our physical education classes. We could look at any of our classes actually from any of our schools to be able to go to the wall," said Mike Keaffaber, Superintendent of Wabash County MSD.

Keaffaber said the wall could also be used by community members. Unger said even though it won't be on his property any more, he'll still make an appearance.

"Two or three times a week I'll pop in when it's being run after school or in the Summer and I can just give my help in that way," Unger said.

The goal is to have the wall reassembled at Southwood High School by May 19, just in time for finals week. Sean Unger plans to start a Go Fund Me page to help raise the money to have the wall rebuilt.

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