Rock climbing enthusiasts, rejoice!

Jake Arnett and Esperanza Elizarraraz

IMG_0012By Aaron Wolf |Staff Writer|

For the adventurer seeking enthusiasts in us all, the CSUSB campus offers many activities that students can participate in, ranging from the 34-foot-tall, 1,000 square foot climbing area to outdoor, day trips to Holcomb Valley.

The Rec Center offers a full range of climbing instruction where CSUSB students are able to learn how to rock climb.

Rock climbing is said to be a physically strenuous activity, but the Rec Center’s indoor climbing wall is suited to all abilities.

The climbing wall is open to all students and Rec Center members.

The wall features bouldering, which is rock climbing done without support ropes.

Bouldering does not require training, but should only be done at a safe height.

Bouldering should always be done with a partner. Bouldering is open and available to students any time the wall is open.

Anchored climbing is climbing with a harness and rope and the Rec Center classes are offered Monday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Climbing 201 is another class offered by the Rec Center, but is for the more advanced climbers. Climbing 201 is offered Mondays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Experienced climbers find interest in climbing 201. Climbing 201 is free to SMSU members and staff.

An introduction to lead climbing is offered for an $8 fee.

The Rec Center also offers off-campus excursions for climbers.

Accessible climbing is available to those with special needs by arrangement.

For a full list of hours and the most current information, visit the Rec Center website.

“Students seem to really have fun,” said Jake Arnett.

“A lot of people come in at about 5:30 p.m. and after,” stated Recreation and Wellness employee Eparanza Elizarraraz.

Elizararraraz indicated that most other times of the day, there was not too bad of a crowd.

The climbing wall is currently open Monday through Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and Sunday hours are 1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The wall is closed on Saturdays.

The Rec Center is hosting COSMIC climb on June 3 from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. This event will take place with fluorescent holds and “black light” lighting.

The Rec Center has three trips planned this quarter.

Students will climb in the Holcomb Valley, north of Big Bear Lake on April 30.

Fees are $35 for students, $46 faculty, staff and alumni and $70 for community members.

The next trip includes bouldering at Black Mountain on May 15.

Black mountain is one of Southern California’s premier bouldering locations. Large granite problems will challenge all skill levels.

Cost is $35 for students, $46 for faculty and staff and $70 for community members.

The third trip includes canyoneering at San Antonio Falls on June 5. In this class, students will learn rappelling.

According to the CSUSB Adventure Guide, “this trip is great for a true adventurer or a beginning adrenaline junkie.”

Cost is $40 for students, $46 for faculty and staff and $80 for community members.

The Rec Center also offers a Hike of the month. The hike of the month is free for for students and SRFC members. For faculty, staff and Alumni Association Members the cost will be $27.

For more information on indoor and outdoor activities, pick up a free CSUSB Adventure guide, available at the Rec Center.

Any further questions can be directed to the Rec Center and by visiting or calling (909) 537-CAMP for more information.


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