Spartan Summit Climbing Competition
Over 50 climbers came out to the Kaplan Center last weekend to take part in the 19th Annual Spartan Summit rock climbing competition. This is a significant increase compared to the total of 33 individuals who attended last year’s event, credited, by some, to the location of the climbing wall in the new recreation center.
“People can see the wall better and they come out to try it,” said climber David Wise, who also works at in the Kaplan Center. “At the old facility we were stuck in the back and people didn’t see it as much.”
Wise, a sophomore, said that the new wall, which is three stories high, is a vast improvement over the old one.
“I like the wall a lot,” said Wise. “It allows us to improve the way we climb to keep up with the way climbing is done today.”
Other students also liked the new wall, with a few caveats.
“This wall offers a lot more opportunities to work on our technical skills,” said climber Rachel Caricho-Bair. “Some people miss the old overhang though.”
Caricho-Bair, a junior, enjoys the tournament for it’s emphasis on having a good time.
“Whenever UNCG competes, it’s low-key,” she said. “I know I’ll have fun regardless of whether I’m a beginner or experienced.”
Katelyn Miller, a graduate student, agrees.
“I’ve been climbing for a year and this is my first competition,” said Miller. “It’s challenging mentally and physically, but my goal was to have fun.”
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Over 50 climbers came out to the Kaplan Center last weekend to take part in the 19th Annual Spartan Summit rock climbing…