Climbing over fears

Taylor Balsavage, Special to The Beacon

Adventure Education and the Climbing Club will host Open Climbing. Open Climbing takes place every Monday and Friday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in the UCOM building.

Students and staff have the opportunity to free climb the rock wall, an opportunity to challenge themselves in a new way on campus.

Open Climbing provides a friendly and fun place for groups to get together and make the most of their evening when boredom arises.

Furthermore, attempting to scale the rock wall can give students a better understanding of what it means to learn through adventure-based experiences. Forrest Jordan, a senior Engineering major, participated in Open Climbing for the first time.

“At first I thought it would be easy, but I found it surprisingly challenging and walked away after with a lot of satisfaction and determination,” Jordan said.

It is important to remember that assumptions are usually what hold people back from trying new things. But often what people come to find is that their initial assumptions are wrong, and new experiences can open a door for parts of ourselves that we did not know existed before.

Open Climbing can help in overcoming the fear of opening yourself up to something new, as well as understanding what makes challenging ourselves one of the most rewarding things a person can do.