Climb to New Heights

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Ever want to climb an actual mountainside? Well learn the ropes at the RAC’s Climbing Wall and build your skills before showing off outdoors.

The RAC has a 45-foot-high rock wall modeled off an actual rock face. It is manned by shift leads and climbing wall attendants who can give you tips on your form and technique while making sure you are staying safe.

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“Climbing is an individual activity that challenges a person both mentally and physically,” Spenser Herkelman, Southern Adventures Program Director, said. “The benefits of climbing can range from improved self confidence to increased strength and body composition.”

In the RAC, equipment is provided for climbers from shoes, to harnesses, to chalk bags that can all be checked out. So there isn’t an excuse not to try it.

The only requirement is that participants wear close toed shoes, but climbing shoes are preferred.

Don’t want to climb up a 45-foot wall? Well try your hand at bouldering.

There is a Bouldering Cave right next to the rock wall that allows people to test their climbing skills in a different setting.

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Bouldering is for people who wish to focus more on the difficulty and skill instead of how high they can climb.

Though climbing is an individual activity, the Southern Adventures staff has incorporated a social event for climbers, Bouldering Night Out (BNO).

“Everyone is invited to participate in Bouldering Night Out. It is a non-competitive event with various themes. Patrons do not need to have any prior experience,” Herkelman said.

In the past there has been Ninja, Ghosts and Ghouls, and Neon themed events.

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The Climbing Wall is open:

      Mondays and Thursdays: 4-9pm

      Fridays: 4-6pm

      Saturdays: 12-3pm

     Sundays: 5-8pm

The Bouldering Cave has the same hours as the RAC.

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