by Inno Sita |staff writer|
Are you interested in rock climbing but aren’t sure if you know how to?
Well, now is your chance to get your climb on at the recreational sports center where the climbing staff offers rock climbing lessons throughout the quarter.
The artificial rock wall is located inside the Recreation Center, with a 34 feet high, 1,000 square foot climbing artificial rock. The wall contains several trails, which vary in difficulty.
The climbing hours are Monday through Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed on Saturday.
The classes are taught by certified instructors, so they understand all the necessary supervision and the dangers that may occur.
Once each climber has signed the safety waver and has understood all the policies listed such as “do not climb over or under another climber on any wall or do not step on any ropes,” they are ready for their climbing adventure.
Trained staff members are readily available to help and provide for your safety in your pursuit to achieve many health benefits as well as to test your body’s strength and balance.
The climbing staff double checks the equipment daily to ensure that nothing is damaged and that each climber is safe.
They help attach the harness, hold the ropes as you are climbing up and hang onto the rope as you are coming back down.
Climbers are well protected with secured equipment to minimize the risk of any dangerous fall.
They’re obligated to wear climbing shoes, and a harness.
Climbing staff, Ruben Tinajero, who is currently a junior has worked for the CSUSB Rec. center for over two years.
“Rock Climbing is my passion,” said Tinajero.
“I still remember the first time I had to climb, it was quite a challenge. After the challenge, I just think it’s cool having that feeling of touching or reaching the top,” said Tinajero.
Ruben Tinajero has never gotten major injuries nor experienced someone with a major injury while working there.
A few climbing competitions will be offered soon in Fall 2013, so prepare yourself for a competitive experience with other climbers.
Climbing competitions allows other climbers to challenge their skills.
More programs are open this quarter to students here on campus such as: bouldering, accessible climbing, belay clinics, climbing 201 and The Intro Lead Climbing classes.
A more informative list of these programs can be found inside the Recreational Center.
The climbing staff encourages everyone to come and try it out, it’s a life experience.
If you are frightened to climb, bring a friend that will motivate you and share the fun.
For more information on climbing lessons and wall hours, visit the recreational sports page for a full schedule at www.csusbrecsports.com.