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We are converting an empty grain silo on the Buffalo River into a World-Record setting climbing & outdoor recreation facility! Ascend History!
Jason S
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Small Business
Buffalo, New York
United States
3 Team Members

Experiences vs. Products

Thank you for finding us on indiegogo and helping us realize our dream! We are building ‘Silo City Rocks’ in a nearly 100 year old grain elevator on the Buffalo River in Buffalo, New York. The recent reinvigoration of Downtown Buffalo’s waterfront inspired this ambitious re-use project by three entrepreneurial, outdoor-enthusiast, community advocates; Kevin Cullen, Andy Minier & Jason Schwinger.

We believe in this project whole-heartedly because we’re providing what the community has asked for. As the City’s waterfront has been developed over the past few years, the conventional wisdom has undergone a tidal-shift from wanting a fancy-new-place to “buy” stuff, to wanting open & public space to “do” stuff.

Through your generosity, we will be able to fast-forward to the remaining phases of building what will become the most unique climbing-gym & outdoor education/recreation center in the country. With multiple outdoor and indoor climbing routes, bouldering caves, rappelling platforms, sport-routes, as well as a family & community room, education lounge, and yoga studio – Silo City Rocks is going to quickly grow into a destination spot for families, corporate team-building retreats, civic organizations, children’s groups and swarms of avid & new rock-climbers alike!

Why indiegogo!?

We’re asking for a pretty large amount of money. We’re doing this for two huge reasons:  1) like you, we want this project up and running, and 100% complete, as fast as possible. 2) We want our community, other like-minded individuals, to be able to reap the rewards and share in our successes.

Our goal for this campaign is to raise the capital needed to fully transform a few remaining dank circular grain-elevator bins into well-lit, warm, soft-rubber-floored community space.

The breakdown of campaign funds we’re attempting to raise will be spent as following:

  • 30% will be spent on safe, soft-rubber flooring for kids & adult climbing rooms
  • 25% of funds asked will go toward completing heating & lighting for the community rooms and yoga studio
  • As this space is predominantly a rock-climbing gym, the remaining 45% is needed for hand-holds, safety anchors, and approximately a ‘mile’ of rope!

Our Gifts to You!

If you chose to help us raise money, we will show our overwhelming thanks with gifts of gratitude! From fun little things to significant gear and parties, we are offering up the following perks to our generous benefactors!

  • Tee-Shirts and Stickers with our pretty sweet logo!
  • Day Passes (and even Year Passes) to the climbing gym!
  • Climbing gear like harnesses and shoes!
  • Naming rights for climbing rooms and the yoga studio!
  • V.I.P. launch party in May!
  • Your Name on a World-Record Setting climbing route!


For literally all of our lifetimes, these grain elevators have stood sentinel at the edge of the Buffalo River, where Lake Erie meets the Erie Canal. This “Silo City” area is a rare combination of Buffalo’s natural, cultural, recreational, and landscape heritage – all merged together, just moments from the heart of Downtown Buffalo.

This development at Silo City is anchored in creating public access to outdoor recreational opportunities at this site and along the Buffalo River through a partnership with BFLO Harbor Kayak, which will provide kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals on site, as well as a local bike shop planning to offer urban exploration history tours.

Ultimately, our goal is to weave education and recreation together, while providing access to diverse experiences throughout all four-seasons along the waterfront.

Not All Contributions Need to be $!

We are excited and thankful that you’ve read this far. We are immensely grateful if you chose to donate to our vision. If you can’t, we’re very grateful for your interest – and we ask you to please help us get the word out!

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And, Thank You.


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raised by 334 people in 1 month
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$23,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on April 14, 2013
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  • $15USD
    Klimbing Karma

    Thank You for supporting our dream! A Silo City Rocks sticker is headed your way!

    30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $25USD
    Silo City Love

    Gracias! You've got a day-pass to Silo City Rocks and sticker coming to you!

    142 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $55USD
    Silo Chic

    Merci! Day-pass, sticker and a Silo City Rocks tee-shirt are all yours!

    85 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $75USD
    Urban Explorer

    Danke! You're gonna love it here! Come down for a tour of Silo City on foot, or by kayak or paddleboard - then climb all day with your day-pass! (and have a sticker, too) (you can climb and tour on different days, of course)

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $125USD
    Silo City Dweller

    Grazie! After your Silo City walking or paddling tour, and a day of climbing & sticker applying, we'll send you home with a change of clothes. And by that we mean a new tee-shirt.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $250USD

    Thank you so much, your going to love it here, and we're going to see a lot of you, what with the paddling tour, and a MONTH pass to Silo City Rocks. And enjoy the tee and sticky.

    5 claimed


    OMG Thank You! For your commitment to our project, we'll name a killer route after you, and you can show it off to all your friends/family/coworkers with a day excursion to Silo City Rocks. And, yup - a tee-shirt and sticker.

    10 out of 10 claimed
  • $500USD
    Sponsor revisited

    You guys love this level & so do we - so we made more!! We'll name a route after you, and you can show it off to all your friends at a day excursion to Silo City Rocks. Tee-shirt and sticker. Heck, why not a month pass too.

    2 claimed
  • $700USD

    Holy Moly, thank you. You can't live here, but you can come everyday with your YEAR pass. Take a day off of climbing and go on a paddle tour. Just please don't wear the tee shirt everyday. Sticker.

    1 claimed
  • $1,500USD

    Wow. For your support of our dream, you're getting a route named after you, a YEAR pass, climbing harness, climbing shoes, the tee-shirt everyone is talking about, and catered launch party on site!

    0 out of 10 claimed
  • $3,000USD

    We will love you forever. To commemorate this, we will name one of our top-rope, bouldering or yoga rooms for you. You will also get all the above perks and be publicly thanked at our catered launch party to a state of embarrassment.

    1 out of 5 claimed
  • $5,000USD

    That's right. The world-record breaking climbing route is yours to name. When your picture is in the international papers, all we ask is that you wear your sweet Silo City Rocks tee-shirt, and mention how cool the tour was. Thank you.

    0 out of 1 claimed
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