Some new images should now inspire those who sweat it out during the annual stair climbing fundraiser at the Calgary Tower.

A variety of amateur artists were invited to paint murals on the staircase this weekend as part of a project spearheaded by the Alberta Wilderness Association, the charity behind the challenging stair climb.

"We used to put pictures on the wall to try and encourage people with the number of stairs and so on," said Christyann Olson, executive director of the Alberta Wilderness Association. "The climb for wilderness has been going on for 23 years – so we thought, wouldn't it be nice if we had some murals?"

The murals are expected to be finished and ready to inspire those participating in this year's Climb and Run for Wilderness.

This year's climb takes place on April 26.