Competition returns for second year
Students test their climbing abilities at competition
Published: Friday, March 22, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 18:03
Outdoor Adventures will host its annual Angelo Rock Climbing Competition on Saturday, April 6.
The mixed rock climbing competition, which began in the spring of 2012, consists of recreation, intermediate and advanced levels of competition.
ARCC is open to any college student taking a minimum of six credit hours.
Early registration costs $20 before March 22, late registration cost $25 before April 5 and walk-ins the day of the competition will cost $30.
Adventure Education Supervisor and junior Josue Rodriquez said OA wants students to come out and try it.
“We want to market our program and for it to grow and be bigger,” Rodriquez said. “With the rock climbing competition, it helps us to do that.”
Floor staff member and sophomore Sarah Riojas said last year was a success and OA is looking for a repeat.
“There was a bigger turnout than what I was expecting [last year],” Riojas said. “It was so much fun and I could tell the participants had a blast and were really excited. We are definitely looking to get more participants. That is our number one [goal] right now.”
According to Riojas, OA staff members are getting new ideas for the competition from surrounding areas.
“Some of our staff have been going to different [climbing] competitions themselves and coming back with information from those to better our competition,” Riojas said. “We have a lot of new ideas we are going to try to put in for this year.”
Registration and check-in will be at 10 a.m. on April 6, and students can pre-register online at www.angelo.edu/adventures.
Payments are currently only accepted in person during normal business hours in the Center for Human Performance, room 112. Cash, credit/debit, and checks made payable to Angelo State University are all acceptable forms of payment.
Rodriquez said the competition helps to get more people involved with events on campus.
“We want people to show up and not just be sitting in their rooms,” Rodriquez said. “We want them to experience college and the fun things that are around. When you leave college, you want to look back and say I did a lot of things differently and experienced a lot of things and not just parties.”
In preparation for ARCC, the climbing gym will begin to have limited availability Tuesday, March 26 through Saturday, April 6 and March 29-31.