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Climb & Connect: Elevating Well-Being Through Adventure


Are you ready to dive into an adventure that not only challenges your physical limits but also nurtures your mental well-being? Look no further than the Climb & Connect classes offered this semester at West Virginia University (WVU). In collaboration with Adventure WV and the Carruth Center, these sessions are designed to uplift your spirits while you reach new heights – quite literally!

What exactly are Climb & Connect classes, you might ask? Well, they are part of the Mountaineer Meet Ups initiative, aiming to foster a sense of community among WVU students while promoting holistic well-being. These classes provide an opportunity for Mountaineers to participate in guided climbing activities right on campus. Hosted at the Student Rec Center indoor climbing wall, the sessions are beginner-friendly, catering to individuals with no prior climbing experience.

Led by the experienced and friendly team from Adventure WV and the Carruth Center, these sessions go beyond just physical activity. They incorporate discussions and activities centered around well-being, creating a space where participants can not only learn the basics of top rope climbing but also engage in meaningful conversations about personal growth and self-care. It's not just about conquering the wall; it's about nurturing your mind, body, and spirit in the process.

One of the highlights of the Climb & Connect program is the sense of inclusivity it fosters. Regardless of your background or experience level, you're encouraged to join in. Harnesses and climbing shoes are provided, so all you need to bring is yourself and a water bottle. Comfortable athletic clothing is recommended, ensuring you can move freely while wearing a harness.

For those eager to put their climbing skills to the test, the Climb & Connect classes also tie into the Climbing Wall Competition. This exciting event adds a competitive edge to the experience, allowing participants to showcase their newfound skills and challenge themselves further. Whether you're vying for the top spot or simply aiming to surpass your own personal best, the competition adds an extra layer of excitement to the Climb & Connect journey.

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But that's not all! Save the date for WVU's Boulder Bash on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the Climbing Facility. This bouldering competition utilizes a modified redpoint format, often called Point Chaser, where all skill levels are welcome to join and compete. Prizes will be given out for the top three competitors in each division, and additional prizes will be raffled off to all who participate!

If you're a current WVU student looking to enhance your well-being through adventure, Climb n Connect and the Boulder Bash are the perfect opportunities for you. Mark your calendars, swipe your WVU ID at the Student Rec Center front desk, and make your way to the climbing wall for an unforgettable experience. Don't worry about being a pro climber or having all the right gear – just come as you are, and let the adventure unfold!

So, what are you waiting for? Lace up your climbing shoes, strap on that harness, and join us for an adventure that will elevate your well-being in more ways than one. We can't wait to meet you at Climb n Connect and the Boulder Bash!