'Unger Mountain' standing at Southwood High School

Sean and Natalie Unger originally had the tower on their property, but after running into some hiccups, they decided to relocate the tower.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 5:03 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2018 2:05 PM

WABASH, Ind. (WFFT)- FOX 55 first told you about Unger Mountain back in January. Now, the 46-foot rock wall is in the news again for being fully assembled at its new home in the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County. 

Sean and Natalie Unger originally had the tower on their property, but after running into some hiccups, they decided to relocate the tower. 

"We've been in touch with MSD for probably about the last nine months," said Sean Unger. 

Once the school district was on board, the process to get the tower to Southwood High School started. 

"It was a pretty lengthy process to get it here. Lot of steps to be covered," said Principal Andrew McDaniel. 

McDaniel said the tower is a unique addition to the school, and the training Thursday came just in time for classes to start back up on August 8th. 

"I don't know of any other school around here that has one of these," McDaniel said. 

The Ungers said they always knew they'd find a home for the tower, but they can't think of a better place than Metropolitan School District of Wabash. 

"My wife, she teaches at the school system and our boys go here," Sean Unger said. 

 The wall will be used for P.E. classes, and soon students will be able to climb, help others climb, and even take a leap off the quick jump. 

"The kids, they'll eat this up. Anything that's a little challenging, daring, they're going to be all for it," said Dan Snyder, a P.E. teacher. 

There's been talk of eventually opening the wall to the public, but for now, school staff and the Ungers are conquering their own fears, and learning the climbing language. 

"How to use the auto belay, how to use the regular belay, getting a feel for the wall, learning how to do different knots with the ropes," McDaniel said. 

And the Ungers said they'll still be around from time to time. 

"I plan on stopping by a couple times a week, just to stop in and engage with the facilitators and the climbers, and just make sure everybody's having a good time and it's being run correctly and safely," Sean said. 

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