Students welcome to attend Giant City Climb and Hike trip

As the end of spring semester nears, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the warmer weather and the eventful student trips that this weather will allow.

If you’re someone who is interested in rock climbing, a weekend spent climbing and hiking with other college kids may be the ideal way to finish out the school year.

On April 11-13, Campus Recreation will sponsor their Giant City Climb and Hike weekend in southern Illinois, where students can climb, rappel and hike through scenic parks.

According to Bill James, assistant director of Adventure Programs for campus recreation, the Giant City Climb and Hike weekend is guaranteed to be a challenging, yet rewarding experience.

“Compared to the climbing wall in the Student Fitness Center, climbing outdoors on a real rock is very different. There are no colored holds or pieces of tape to show you where to place your hands and feet, but on a warm, sunny day, there is nothing better,” James said.

The weekend trip will be made up of rock climbing, camping, rappelling and hiking through the park, as well as valuable bonding time between classmates.

Students of all ages are welcomed to sign up for the event for a fee of $85.

Student Fitness Center nonmembers are also welcomed to register for the trip for a fee of $100.

Registration for the trip ends April 3, so be sure to act fast and register with campus recreation if you’re interested.

There will be a mandatory participant meeting on April 3 that will include equiptment sizing, a review of the itinerary and confirmation of departure and return times.

If the weather does not permit the trip to take place on April 11-13, the alternative dates will be April 18–20.

“Past participants have had a great time on this trip. I have no doubt this spring’s will be awesome as well. Our staff is really looking forward to it,” James said.

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