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ORAC to host rock climbing trip to King’s Bluff

Alexandria Anderson

The WKU Outdoor Recreation Adventure Center is hosting a rock climbing trip to King’s Bluff in Clarksville, Tennessee on Sept. 16.

ORAC has previously hosted climbing trips at King’s Bluff, and the opportunity is open for students of all experience levels. It is a one day trip from 8 AM to 6 PM that costs $40. Transportation and gear are all provided and the trip is guided by numerous trip leaders.

Kieran Heintz, a trip leader and ORAC employee, hopes participants gain experience from the trip, and said ORAC is designed to help people get outside and get active.

“Rock climbing isn’t very mainstream at all so it’s something that you have to look for,” Heintz said. “But the main thing that we’re looking for [students] to get out of the experience is not only something that is unique that is in an outdoor setting, but maybe hopefully a love and new relationship with the outdoors in general.”

King’s Bluff is a well known nature preserve and contains a wide variety of linear cliffs and routes aimed to test climber endurance and skill.

“We have a couple small areas near here that are around an hour away but King’s Bluff is located in Clarksville, Tennessee which is about an hour and 25 [minutes away],” Heintz said. “That’s really the only good setting that is both beginner friendly but also we know is maintained really well by the climbing coalition that runs that area.”

There are only a few more spots available, and registration can be completed at the Preston Center or on ORACs website.

News Reporter Shayla Abney can be reached at [email protected]

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