CSU Offers Students More Spring Outdoor Adventures Than Ever

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Campus Recreation organizers at Columbus State University have more “outdoor adventures” planned for students during spring 2014 than ever before, with nearly 20 trips or campus classes on tap.

Most of the opportunities for students to challenge themselves in a more natural setting are covered by student recreation fees, but a handful of the planned events — most notably a Spring Break climbing trip to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and a chance to try skydiving — will require participants to pay an out-of-pocket fee. (The Kentucky trip costs $200, while the skydiving fee is $110.)

“We’ve been offering experiences like this for years, but 2014 is the first year we’ve been able to organize what I would call a full slate of activities,” said Rick Cravens, CSU’s primary outdoor adventures organizer for Campus Recreation. “The launch of whitewater rafting in the Chattahoochee River in 2014, as well as student interest, got us thinking we needed to expand our offerings in this area.”

As recently as 2010, Campus Recreation had been organizing day trips for students to experience whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. But completion of the world’s longest urban whitewater course on the Chattahoochee last year, adjacent to CSU’s RiverPark campus, made such out-of-state trips obsolete.

“We’ve had a good response from students wanting to try rafting since the whitewater course opened last summer, and we expect that to really take off this spring,” said Koby Garick, CSU’s aquatics and rock wall coordinator for Campus Recreation. “We expect it and kayaking will really take off this spring.”

Several of the events on the outdoor adventures slate for spring are preparatory classes either at the Aquatics Center that Garick oversees within the Student Recreation Center or involving its popular 37-foot climbing wall. At the Aquatics Center this spring, students will have a chance to be introduced to kayaking, perfect the more advanced skill of rolling a kayak and even get an introduction to scuba diving.

The semester’s activities kick off Jan. 16 with an open house especially for CSU students at a new off-campus Columbus facility that offers a greater selection of climbing walls, Treadstone Climbing.

Following is CSU’s full schedule of spring outdoor adventures. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/y3eOGU or contact contact Cravens at cravens_rick@ColumbusState.edu  or 706-507-8652 or Garick at garick_koby@ColumbusState.edu or 706-507-8657. To sign up for an event, visit the front desk of CSU’s Student Recreation Center.

“We encourage students to sign up as soon as possible,” Cravens said. “With virtually all events, we’re forced to limit the number of participants to either keep the activities safe or accommodate what we’re able to provide in terms of transportation.”

Spring 2014 Outdoor Adventures Schedule

  • Jan. 16, Treadstone Climbing  CSU Open House, free
  • Jan. 21, Kayak Demo Class, free
  • Jan. 25, Providence Canyon Day Hike, free
  • Jan. 28, Introduction to Top Rope Rock Wall Climbing, free
  • Jan. 30, Kayak Roll Class, $10
  • Jan. 31, Introduction to Scuba, $5
  • Feb. 6, Belay Competency Class, free
  • Feb. 7, Introduction to Scuba, $5
  • Feb. 15, Pine Mountain Horseback Riding, $50
  • Feb. 20, Introduction to Bouldering, free
  • March 5-8, Red River Gorge, Kentucky Climbing Trip, $200
  • March 15, Ziplining, Banning Mills, Carrollton, Ga., $55
  • March 18, Belay Competency Class, free
  • March 29, Whitewater Rafting, Chattahoochee River, $25
  • April 10, Whitewater Rafting, Chattahoochee River, $25
  • April 19, Flint River Canoe Trip, $5
  • April 22, One CSU Rock Wall Competition, free
  • April 26, Skydiving, $110
  • May 10, Dragon Boat Race, free

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