Thursday, December 10, 2009

Trips for Winter 2010

Join Us this winter of 2010. We have a great line up of trips for this winter to keep you active this winter.

Tour of the Dirty South Dec. 27-Jan. 2, 2010:

Come spend a week with us on a climbing Tour of the southern states. We will be hitting up some classic climbing at the Red River Gorge, then head to Rock Town, GA and lastly spend some time at Horse Pens 40 in Alabama.

Trip reports here and here.

Mad River College Days: Jan. 9th: Join us on the slopes of Mad River Mountain on January 9. This special day gives all college students a discount for riding the mountain all day. It is only $33 to go on the trip plus rentals if you need them! We will be meeting at the student center at 8:00 am and we will get back sometime around 10:30 pm. The resort has a cafeteria but you can bring a sack lunch if you prefer.

This premiere indoor bike park is located right here in Ohio. Come spend the weekend with us as we test our skills on this riders paradise. This massive indoor park has a foam pit that you can jump into when practicing your tricks. Join us this weekend for some biking fun.

Winter Backpacking Trip: Feb. 5-7: Want to spend a weekend out in the majestic winter wonder land? Join us for a close to home backpacking trip. We will be hiking either at Wildcat Hollow or in Zaleski State Forest. Either way this will be a trip to remember.

Looking for something to do on your day off? Join us for a day trip to Wisp Ski Resort. There are many different trails to ride, ranging from beginner to expert with some awesome terrain parks. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own gear you can rent ski’s or a snowboard from their rental center. Don’t miss out on this sweet trip. This trip cost $33, plus rentals! That is a great price for this awesome resort. We will leave at 7:oo am that morning and return around midnight. That gives you a full 9 hours to ski or board the mountain.

Seven Springs Ski Trip: Feb. 19-21 Cost: $125
Join us for a relaxing weekend of fun on the slopes. We head out to a nice cabin that has up to 30 beds to fit everyone. Saturday morning after a fantastic breakfast we drive to Seven Springs and spend the day on the slopes. Come back to the cabin and enjoy a big meal, some warm showers and a nice bed. This is a fun trip for you and your friends. This weekend trip costs $125 and that includes 2 nights of lodging, 2 meals at the bed and breakfast cabin we will stay at, a one day lift ticket, and transportation to and from the mountain and the B and B. It doesn't include rentals, ski-$18 snowboard-$29, food during the drive to the bed and breakfast, and lunch and snacks at the resort. To reserve your spot you can put down a $75 deposit that is refundable until Feb. 8th. There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting on wednesday Feb. 17th from 5-6pm in the student center.

High Ropes Weekend: Feb. 26-28: Come and learn about the only retractable indoor high ropes course in the world. It is a fun weekend to spend inside and explore a new activity.

Mad River College Day: Feb. 27 Cost $33
Take another trip with us to Mad River Mountain and enjoy another day on the slopes. Once again this trip will cost $33 and we will meet at 8 am and returning around 10:30pm.

Cruxfest 2010: March 6: Come and compete at Hocking College’s Annual Climbing Competition. Meet climbers from all over at this yearly event. There will be 3 differnt climbing divisions, Beginner: 5.7-5.8+ Intermediate: 5.9-5.10+ and Advanced: 5.11-5.12. To regester or for more information please contact Tim Rice at 740-753-6541.

Stay tuned to find out about our other opportunities to get out and explore!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Backpackng Red River Gorge Recap

Great weekend of backpacking exploring the Red River Gorge. Start with some great eats before we began our trek at Hillbilly Hotdog which personally served me one of the best burgers i may have ever had! Trails were great serving us with different types of scenary to enjoy during our trek. We could not ask for better weather with the temp. ranging from 60-40 degrees with constant sun roaming all weeked perfect for a backpacking trip. During our backpacking we got to enjoy beautiful skyline views from the tops of gorges and getting to see remarkable archs including Grey's arch and Hidden arch. At night got to enjoy a relaxing campsite lying next to a streaming creek and quite isolation at the bottom of the gorge. We got to finish our trip sitting at Miguel's Pizza enjoy a couple slices and sipping on some Ale8's

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fall Red River Gorge Backpacking Trip

Spend the weekend with Outdoor Pursuits as we travel the hills of Daniel Boone National Forest by foot. We will be backpacking in the beautiful Red River Gorge section of DBNF which is home to miles of trails, scenic wilderness, countless cliffs and many other natural rock formations, including arches.

We will be covering about about 10-12 miles over the course of the weekend on moderate to rough trails in the DBNF. We will be camping from the contents of our packs and cooking over backpacking stoves. Don't let this idea sway you from attending, our experienced staff members can assist you with gear and menu planning. If you are an experienced or new to backpacking this trip is perfect for you. Outdoor Pursuits can even supply a large portion of the gear, we have everything from tents to backpacks, stove and cook gear, ground pads to sleeping bags, we have it all. The only gear you will need is personal clothing, personal food and snacks, and a sturdy pair of boots. Again the trained staff can help you decide what other personal items to bring and the ones to leave at home.

On our drive 4hr drive down we will stop at Hillbilly Hotdogs, a nice little eclectic food stop that has been featured on the food network. After that we will arrive at the trailhead in the early afternoon and will hike about 2miles to our first camp. Saturdays hiking will take us deep in to the hills of Ky, as we head toward Grays Arch. Grays is an impressive sandstone arch that we will pass during our excursion in the woods. We will cover multiple trails during our hike, one of them being the Sheltowee Trace National Trail. We should arrive back at the van early on Sunday, we will probably stop at one last food place before our return drive to Hocking's campus, returning by 8pm.

Info Recap:
Trip Name: Red River Backpacking Trip
Trip Location: Red River Gorge, Slade, Ky
Cost: $45 This includes transportation, permit fees, and rental of any necessary gear. This does not include food.
Departure Time: 10am, November 20th from the Student Center
Approximate Return Time: 8pm, November 22

If your interested you can sign up by contacting Tim Rice the Outdoor Pursuits coordinator by Email at

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Coopers Day Trip Report

Just last Tuesday the outdoor pursuits took a group of people to the Coopers Rock State Park for a day of bouldering. The weather was perfect and the group of people we had was awesome. I wish i could say the same for the van that we were driving. The fastest it was going up the hills on the drive there was about 45 mph. We even had to put on our hazards on the way there, but low and behold we made it. We headed into the woods with high expectations of sending some really cool problems, and i can speak for everyone when i say all our expectations were all met. The first place we went was the tilted tree area for some warm ups. Grey got on the Always Dry Roof V3 and i think it gave him a run for his money. After we all got warmed up Dylan, Gunner, and I got on a V5 called Twist The Hick it's a tall vertical problem that i had tried before but never sent. Dylan with his six foot or taller frame one goad it. Gunner and I had to figure out some new foot beta. After a few more goes we figured it out. After that the group split up. Tim, Dylan, Gunner, Kate, and I went over to try our luck fighting the Shadow Boxer V6. This line is for sure one of the most inspiring problems Ive ever seen before. None of us could figure out the beta for pulling the top. But this will be on all our lists as something to work in the future. The other group went over to the Molby's Dick area and got on a ultra classic problem called Molby's Dick V3. We climbed on some more really cool problems throughout out the day, like Crash and Burn V5 and a really awesome highball project. After the send fest we went into town to eat some burritos at Black Bear Burrito.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Low Down On The Red River Gorge

On Friday, the 30th of October we started our adventure with the sun in the sky and all of our thoughts on the beautiful sandstone cliffs that we were heading to. Once we made it to West Virginia we realized that we all had a hunger about us. So we pulled in at the Hillbilly Hot Dogs restaurant and satisfied our hunger with some of the most delicious hot dogs on this side of the Mississippi. We had a couple of first timers with us and they were amazed by the high class style they have, and how the children's toy decor really ties the whole place together. But on a more serious note they were amazed at the crazy combinations of hot dogs they offer, also they loved the down home atmosphere. So once more we hit the road south bound for Kentucky. We arrived in the Red around four pm and set up camp, once we were all settled in we headed off to long wall to get a climb in before dark. Tim being a man that enjoys a casual trad experience put up a really aesthetic line called Autumn (now looking back i think i should have got on it.) Ian and I went down the wall to find some sport routs, when we cam across a really cool looking line called Back Door to Paris this was a really cool route with slopers and crimps all the was up. That was all the day was going to allow us to fit in before dark so we went back to camp. It started to get a little chilly without the sun so we made afire and drank some Ale 8 ones and talked about where we would climb tomorrow if the rain came. The rain came alright it came all night and until ten O clock the next morning. When we all got up we sat under the Noahs tarp fixing breakfast and drinking hot coffee looking at the guide book thinking of a good plan for climbing in this weather. After the rain stopped we all got ready and went and found some over hung stuff. The first climb we got on was called (up yonder 11b) it was a really good climb with good holds and a no hands rest. After that Louise and I got on a really cool 12a that was called (Strevels gets in shape) it was really bouldery in the start and then jugs on an over hang. Neither of us sent but it will be good to work next time. Then we went to 10 wall and climb some routes but nobody was really into it so we just went back to camp and chilled by the fire and ate dinner. when we arose the next morning the sun was shining and the temps were perfect. We dicided to go and see if there was anybody that was on (Creature Feature 5.9) and when we pulled up there was no one in site. This climb was sweet, we all got on it. After a good day of climbing we all thought that some Miguils pizza would be a great topper to this trip. So we packed up the van and headed over there to chow down. After filling our stomacs it was time to leave this majestic place and we all wanted to stay but new that we couldent, but we can always go back.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dirty South climbing trip

The southern climbing and bouldering trip or(tour of the dirty south) is December 28th- January 1st. This is a one week long climbers dream. By the end of the week you will have been to Rock town Georgia, Horse Pins 40 Alabama, and last but not least the Red River Gorge, Kentucky. All of these places are world class climbing destinations and have plenty of climbing for beginners and for advanced climbers. This trip is full of great climbing, good people, and new experiences. You might even find yourself eating at some restaurants that you never would have thought to try like hillbilly hot dog. like all Outdoor Pursuits trips the only thing you have to provide is your food for the week, and just a word of advice, bring some money because you might stop in some really cool places. We will be sleeping camping out all week long so bring warm cloths and the will to climb for five days strait. So if you already love to climb or even if you've never really tried it and you want to go, feel free to contact the Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator Tim Rice by Email at

Monday, October 19, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions:

Climbing Wall Questions:

How tall is the wall?
  • It is a 40ft Nicros Art Wall that looks like and simulates real rock in this region.
Who is allowed to climb at Hocking Colleges Climbing Wall?
  • Any currently enrolled student, staff or faculty with Hocking College Id
  • Any one that has purchased a day pass for the Student Center, Day passes are available at the front desk for $5
  • All climbers must have a waiver on file
  • Groups larger then five need to call ahead
What about children who want to climb? Age limit or size limit?
  • Children under 12 are required to be under adult supervision. The supervision must remain in the lobby near the climbing wall.
  • All climbers must have a waiver on file, the legal guardian needs to have filled out the waiver for participants under 18 years of age
  • We do not have an age or size limit. They must be able to properly fit into our safety equipment, the staff worker can size up individuals and they know if our equipment fits properly.
What gear do you supply for the wall?
We can supply...
  • Shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmets
  • Belay devices
We do not supply...
  • Chalk bags or chalk
  • Finger Tape
What does all of the tape on the wall mean?
  • The tape on the wall is used to indicate route or paths up the wall. To make it more challenging to the climber may only touch the indicated holds with his hands and feet. See the route board to the right of the wall for difficulty ratings and route locations.
How do I use the Ice Wall or Rappel Platform?
  • Both the Ice Wall and Rappel Platform are reserved for our classes and instructional use. Students can take a PACE climbing class that allows the to use both during the class. The Rappelling is also offered periodically during the quarter to everyone, during these times anyone can rappel.
Do you program for birthday parties?
  • Yes. Contact Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator for more details.
Who do I contact if I want to bring a group to the climbing wall?
  • Tim Rice - Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator
    740-753-6541 or rice_t@hockingedu

General Outdoor Pursuits Questions:

How do I sign up for a trip or event?
  • Stop by the Outdoor Pursuits Office, Student Center 202. You can sign to be on the information list for free. However trip payment or deposit is required to reserve your spot on the trip. Trips are first come, first serve.

Who do I contact if I want more Information about a trip or event?
  • Tim Rice - Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator
    740-753-6541 or rice_t@hockingedu

Friday, October 16, 2009

High Ropes Weekend

On the weekend of November 13-15 Hocking Outdoor Pursuits is offering a high ropes class for all that want to join. The class is worth 1 credit hour and can be added as an elective. In the class we give people an understanding of what high ropes is, what it can be used for, and allow you to gain group leadership skills by showing you what it would be like to be a facilitator. There is no experience needed to take the class, and all gear is provided. so if you think you might enjoy the class and you want to sign up contact the Outdoor Pursuits coordinator Tim Rice by Email at

Red River Gorge Climbing Trip

We are off to the Red River Gorge for a weekend climbing trip Friday October 30Th through the 1st of November, and i am inviting you to join us. The Red River Gorge is located in Kentucky and is a premiere climbing destination throughout the world. They have everything from beginner level climbing to ultra hard routes for any experienced climbers that want to come and push there limits. if you feel a little hesitant because you don't have any experience don't worry about it. we have all the knowledge and gear you need to go out and enjoy your weekend. The total cost for the weekend is $45 and this covers everything but your food for the duration of the trip, also bring extra money because you will probably make a stop at Miguel's pizza/gear store for a couple ale-8-ones and some dank pizza. if your interested you can sign up by contacting Tim Rice the Outdoor Pursuits coordinator by Email at

Past trip write up for the Red River Gorge

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lake Hope Mountain Biking Trip

On the 25Th of October we are leaving for the day to go mountain biking on the beautiful trails they have established at Lake Hope State Park. We will be doing trails that are the at the level of the majority of people that show up that day. So if there are a lot of intermediate riders that show and only two advanced or two beginner riders then we are going to ride intermediate trails. The cost of this one day mountain biking extravaganza is $10 dollars and this does not include your food and water for the day. If you don't have a bike then your screwed! HAHA! Just kidding, we have plenty of bikes to rent out to people for free and helmets to protect your pretty little dome piece. So if your interestid and you want to ride some bikes. Then get in contact with Tim Rice the Outdoor Pursuits Cordinater at

To see older mountain biking trips click Here

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Annual Fall Quarter Day Bouldering Trip

Its that time of the year again!Hocking College is having its yearly employee work day, and you know what that means. Hocking's Outdoor Pursuits annual fall quarter day bouldering trip! The plan for this year is to go bouldering in the great state of West Virginia. In this beautiful land of rolling hills, moonshine, and coal there lies two different destinations that will satisfy your hankering for a slopper slapin, crimp crushin good time! The first one is the New River Gorge. Where you can boulder in a unique setting (right on the business end of a dam) at Hawks Nest, where there lyes some classic boulder problems. The second place is Coopers State Park. Here is where you will get your adrenaline fix on some amazing highball boulder problems. So what if its raining? you may ask? Well we got that one figured out too. If theres some weather brewing in WV then we will pull down on some plastic at two indoor climbing gyms of your choice. One is Vertical Adventures located in Columbus Ohio, and the other is called Urban Crag in Dayton Ohio. Both of wich have all the climbing you could handle for one day.

To view older WV trips click HERE

Hocking Hills Climbing Trip

Have you ever been out in the hocking hills? If so, you know that there is some amazing boulders and rock formations all over the place. Have you ever thought it would be fun to climb them? If your answer is yes then the Hocking College Outdoor Pursuits has got the perfect trip for you! Because on the 24Th of October we are going to the Hocking Hills on a climbing trip! We will have a full day filled with climbs for you to enjoy. Everything from gut wrenching boulder problems, to beautiful tall face climbing and crack climbing for all you top rope junkies out there! The best part is, you don't have to bring any gear! The Outdoor Pursuits will be providing any gear you need, all you need to bring is your food and water for the day and and an addiction to rocks ( if you know what i mean). If you think that all this is to good to be true and were wondering how much $Cheddar$ this is going to cost you? Think again cuz! Because this trip is only FIVE BUCKS. So if your intristed and you want to sign up contact Tim Rice the Outdoor Pursuits cordinator in room 202 in the Student Center or Email him at

To see how the last trip went clickHERE

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Trips line up for fall quarter!

Hey everyone, this is Rusty Blade I just wanted to fill all of you in on the trip schedule for fall quarter.


This trip is going to cruzz southeastern ohio to play three full 18 hole Disc Golf courses.The first course in this frisbie golf trifecta is at Ohio University, next you will play the course in Lancaster Ohio, and last but not least you will go to Pike Lake in Chillicothe Ohio to blow out any energy you have left.

Come and see what the local climbing crags look like here in the Hocking Hills. Pull down on some of the best bouldering and top rope southeatsern Ohio has to offer.

Do you ever want to do some real mountain bicking and get off the road and on a trail? If this sounds like you then i think i have a trip that you should check out. Outdoor Pursuits is going to Lake Hope State Park to spend the day on there bikes and you are welcome to come. Helmits and bikes will be provided if needed.

Are you looking for a weekend getaway? If so, this might be the trip for you. Let Hockings Outdoor Pursuits staff take you rock climbing in one of the best climbing destinations in the world, the Red River Gorge. The "Red" is home to world class climbing for beginners and for all you stone masters out there.

OV 3 COST $10
The first trip we got is for all you rock jocks that want to go to crush town in West Virginia. The date of this one day send fest is November 3 and the admission for your spot in the van is $10 bucks. If rains this trip will be reroute to an Ohio indoor climbing facility.

Spend the weekend learning the ropes with the Hocking College Outdoor Pursuits. Located in the gym of the student center is the worlds only retractable high ropes course. Chalenge yourself and get to know the ins and outs of the course.

Spend the weekend living out of a backpack in the beautifl Red River Gorge section of the Daniel Boone NF. We can provide you with all of the gear necessary to enjoy the scenic wonderland. The only things you need to bring is a pair of sturdy boots and a good sence of adventure.

Tour the dirty south and shred your finger tips on some of the coolest boulder problems and best sport routes in the southeastern part of the country. The destinations include The Red River Gorge in Kentucky, Rock Town in Gorgia, and Hores-Pens 40 in Alabama. So if your feeling frisky and want to try out some great new climbing spots then check it out.

Monday, July 27, 2009

What we're bringing to the table for 2009-2010

Mountain Biking.
Ever wanted to go mountain biking but just don't have the time or money to get the bike and use it? Well, sign up for the mountain biking class offered in the Fall and Spring. Once a week you will be taught the fundamentals of mountain biking. Also you will be taken out to winding paths to experience nature at a faster pace.


Thinking that you would rather be learning to roll a kayak then sitting in class? Well lucky for you there is a kayak class offered Fall, Winter, and Spring in the swimming pool. Kayaks are available for use. Come and learn the basics of kayaking in a calm and warm environment. We also hold roll sessions if your schedule is to full for more classes. Roll session is held once a week for 3 hours. Come and practice your skills with friends who enjoy the same exhilarating experience of steering a one man boat through the water.

Disk Golf.

We have recently expanded the Disk Golf to include a full 18 holes. Work is still being done to bring the course up to the best shape it has been in. Please be careful as you use the trails many of the baskets have hazards to be aware of. For more information on the Disk Golf course see the specific brochure for it. In the Disk Golf brochure you will find a map as well as a score sheet.

Rock Climbing.

Hocking College has a rock wall available for use all year long. It is located in the Student Center. Hours of operation for the Fall, Winter, and Spring are as follows:

Monday-Friday— 12:00 pm-9:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday—12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Hours of operation in the Summer are:

Monday-Sunday—12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Climbing is only permitted when there is a staff member at the wall.

Along with the rock wall Outdoor Pursuits takes weekend trips in the fall and spring to the nearby climbing areas of New River Gorge and Red River Gorge. If you have an interest in the climbing trips please see a staff member.

Back Packing.

Outdoor Pursuits offers at least one back packing trip each quarter except summer. A back packing trip runs for three days and two nights. During this time we will take you on an adventure of being what seems like being the only group in the world. Come and put your camping skills to the test with this inspiring adventure activity. Fair warning though, back packing can be a strenuous activity be aware of what you are signing up for!

High Ropes Course.

Looking to add another class? The High Ropes class is a great way to spend one weekend and get a credit for it. Come experience the thrill of being suspended in the air and pushing yourself to test your limits, physically and mentally. Learn what it takes to communicate effectively with your peers. The High Ropes Course is a one of a kind, it is located in the gymnasium of the Student Center and it is lowered to its working position. It is the only retractable ropes course in the world. You have never walked a balance beam quite like ours until you have gone through the High Ropes class. Get your friends and sign up now!!

Paint ball.

Yes, we have an awesome paint ball field. We have built our own paint ball course in the woods. Get a group of friends together and come play some rounds of paint ball. Who doesn’t want the opportunity to shoot paint at high speeds at your best friend. Or team up with your friends and get your teachers to play against you. Paint ball can be dangerous, so you must have a shirt and close toed shoes, no shirt, no flip flops, no game.


It is getting to the end of winter quarter and there is nothing more you would like then to drop everything and hit the slopes. But where will you go? Who will go with you and how will you get there? Sign up for a Ski and Snowboard trip to Seven Springs Ski Resort or Wisp Ski Resort. Take the weekend with your friends to relax Friday night, wake up Saturday morning eat a hearty breakfast and hit the slopes. Spend all day shredding it up then come back to a nice warm house for a delicious dinner a good nights rest and a relaxing ride home. What a way to spend a weekend at the end of a long winter.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Temporary Disc Golf Course Closure


July 6, 2009

The Hocking College Disc Golf course will be closed on the weekend of July 10-12 for another event that will be using the grounds. The course will be closed from Friday july 10th at 8am until Monday morning for the International Bow Hunters Challenge, they will be using the same grounds as our disc golf course so it will by temporarily closed for safety concerns. Please help spread the word of the closure.


Hocking College

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

NOW BEGINS AT 6pm as of June 1st
Hocking College Outdoor Pursuits
Disc Golf Doubles Night

Every Monday night at 6 pm sharp we will be hosting a doubles night. We will be playing best disc and partners will be chosen randomly the night of. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a friend and we'll see you Monday night.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Climbing Competition In Review

On March 7th H.C.O.P held its held student climbing competition "Crux-Fest" at the student center climbing wall. The doors opened at 9am with climbers waiting to see what the setters had created. The coffee and fresh fruit managed to keep them at bay until the climbing began and with the presentation of the rules and sponsors they stepped forward to battle the plastic creations that were before them. It lead to an amazing showdown between the competitors, check the results below.


Advanced Men:

1st Place - Louis Aden
2nd Place - Mike Riesch
3rd Place - Dylan Proudfoot

Advanced Women:
1st Place - Kate Campbell

Intermediate Men:
1st Place - Levi Gilliland
2nd Place - Kevin Maille
3rd Place - Tyler Lucas

Intermediate Women:
1st Place - Jessica Wilbur

Beginner Men:
1st Place - Ryan Wheeler
2nd Place - James W.
3rd Place - Jesse Wilson

Beginner Women:
1st Place - Erica Wilbur
2nd Place - Kara Lucas
3rd Place - Collette Lauzau

Well done to all the climbers and a special thanks to the Sponsors of Hocking Colleges 6th Annual Climbing Competition.


The Pedaler and Packer
Mama Rienes Pizza
So Ill Holds
Mountain Hardwear
Benchmade Knives
Solution Rock Gym
Dead Point Magazine
Rock Candy Holds
Mountain Khakis
on Face Book too
Krogers of Nelsonville
Rock and Ice Magazine
Tammy's Country Kitchen
Nicros Climbing
Outdoor Source
Hocking College Book Store

Recap from Joel Yott eyes and fingers:

The competitors slowly started to show up the morning of the competition, but once they were all there, they were anxious to start climbing. All 29 competitors were sizing up their competition and the routes that were going to be climbing. It seemed that everyone was nervous about there last route they were going to climb.(I know I was ) The beginner category had four routes to climb, with the third route being the hardest. Each beginner gave it their best on the challenging third route, with on beginner reaching the top.(good job setters). The forth route was unique because it was located on the side of the ice wall, which was a first in Hocking College history. The intermediate category got to mantle the short wall with their 3ed route, which was a first for all the climbers there. This threw a little spice for the comp. the last intermediate route was very beta intensive, and it was cool to see all the climbers figure out the tough sequence one by one. The advanced climbers first route was on the arĂȘte about the door, which was another first for Hocking College, this was done so even the most experienced Hocking College rock wall climber, had a new part of the wall to climb. Their second route also mantled out the short wall, which made things interesting. The last two route in advanced were both stopper routes, with none of the competitors finishing either one, good job again setters. When all the climbers were done, we had a pull up competition while the scores were being added up. Once that was done the prizes were to be handed out, (THANKS SPONSORS) it seemed that everyone who showed up to climb walked away with something in there hands. All and all the competition was a huge success, with everyone having a blast enjoying the sport we all love.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Join OP and local climbers to test your skills at our wall. Spend the day pulling down on brand new routes. We have some awesome prizes to give away, so come show us what you can do. Day of registration starts at 9 and ends at 10, the comp starts promptly at 1oam. There will be three different divisions, beginner 5.7-5.9, intermediate 5.9-5.10+, and advanced 5.11-5.12
The cost is $20 is you pre register or $25 day of. We will have pizza from mama Reine's and some good old country time lemonade.
Contact Tim Rice for registration
Phone- 740-753-6541
Or swing by the office in the student center 202
Prizes were donated by: Mountain Hardwear, Asana, Arborwear, Mountain Khakis, Nicros, Columbia, Iron Mind, Benchmade, Moosejaw, SoIll, Rock Candy, Outdoor Source, Solution Rock Gym, Rock and Ice, Dead Point, Kroger, Mama Rienes, Tammy's Country Kitchen, and Hocking College Outdoor Pursuits.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Seven Springs Ski Trip Report

Friday February 20th, 2009 Hocking College Outdoor Pursuits loaded up for the annual ski trip to Seven Springs resort in PA.
We all met at the student center and went through the usual formalities. After signing waivers, filling out health history, and shooting out a few last minute emails we were on the road.
H.C.O.P. went high tech this year and tossed those old map quest directions out the window (not literally, we're very eco-friendly) and used my trusty GPS navigation system. After about 4 hours of flawless directions we arrived in beautiful confluence PA, then with out warning the tom-tom turned evil and led us into the back country. It started as a two lane paved road, then turned snow covered (causing a slight meet and greet with a ditch), and then eventually devolved into a hellish steep ice-on-gravel bob sled run. Tim brought the van to a stop just in time to see an old white jeep staring up at us about 100 yards down. We got out and trekked down to evaluate the situation and quickly realized the only way out was down. The jeep somehow crawled around us and continued on its way, while we buckled up for .63 miles of terror. Tim somehow held it together and successfully led us out of one seriously hairy situation.

A short while later we arrived at the cabin in immediately chucked the tom-tom into the river (not really, we're very eco-friendly). We settled in, found our beds, and Tim decides it's rockband time, and as soon as Tim started singing everyone else decided it was bed time. The band continued on though for a couple more hours, with Brady and Tim trading duty on the mic hell bent on keeping the other 8 occupants of the house awake.

After finally settling down to bed everyone passed out pretty quick and woke up fairly easily to awesome weather and even better conditions. With about 95% open and blue skies, everyone was pumped to hit the slopes. Everyone got their ticket and went their separate ways, crossing paths occasionally, and meeting up in the lodge to make sure all was well. After Tim and I got our 12 dollar meals, boards waxed, and edges done we headed back out. It was perfect, but only until boss man ate it after attempting a massive kicker on the north face. He stuck the 720 back flip, but caught an edge on the icy landing and biffed it hard. He's still in intensive care as I write this; please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

We headed back to the cabin at the end of the day and everyone hit the sack after watching First Descent. Adding insult to injury, Tim was up all night with the screaming barfies. Poor guy. The trip home was pretty uneventful, most people just slept through, waking up only to complain about being hungry and needing bathroom breaks, but I now live by the motto, don't sweat the petty, pet the sweaty.

All in all it was an awesome trip. Jealous much?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Urban Krag Climbing Trip Report

The eleventh day of this February was supposed to be a "employee learning day", this meant all students would have the day off to do as they please. Well mother nature came in a few weeks ago and decided she would cancel school and leave many without power. Due to the days missed by inclement weather the school decided to make everyone come to school on our "day off". Outdoor Pursuits had already (as usual) planned two fun filled trips for students on this day. One was to be a ski trip to WISP resort in Maryland. Mother nature again stepped in and decided to make some bad weather for skiing so we cancelled the trip. The other option was to head to Dayton for some indoor climbing at the URBAN KRAG. So many traded in their skies for climbing shoes and joined us for an incredible journey.
We set out on our way around 11am. The party consisted of Tim(Twins) Rice , Dan (the pescitarian) Newman, Joel (number 2) Yott, Shay (Rusty Blade) Rosser, Wes (Westicle) Hieb, Ryan (Prom King) Wheeler, Dustyn (w/ a Y) Whyte, Malia (The girl) Reimann, and myself (you can all me "Dragon"). With the van loaded with eager climbers and rancid climbing shoes we started our approach to the KRAG. As we made our way into Dayton the two local Daytonites in the back (Westicle and Prom King) feared for there lives as we ventured through a more "rough" part of town....they must be from the suburbs. The more we trekked on the more we began to doubt our faithful map quest directions. After asking a few passerbyers and getting some helpful directions we had made it there (with no help from the petrified locals).

The conditions of the Krag were beautiful, 50 ft colored walls, some slightly overhanging to vertical. Perfect hand cracks and finger cracks split walls and were begging to be climbed. So many climbs awaited we didnt know where to start. Rusty Blade and the Pescitarian were salivating to get a chance to get a nice dose of crack, and before anyone else could get tied in the pescitarian and his cut off short jean shorts were poetically making their way up the hand crack. As Twins and myself were in search of a good warm up number 2 was no where to be found, we could make a pretty good guess where he was seein how he had just consumed two cows and a pig that made up a Delicious baconator. Westicle and the Prom king started in the challenging boulder cave testing their skills on some technical problems. As the day progressed the temperature increased drastically , this however didnt stop us from pulling down just as hard. After roping up as many climbs as our fingers could handle we made our way back to the van. The van ride home was a challenge all in itself, our crew was hit with 70mph winds and rain making our trip home interesting. The spectacular driving instincts of number 2 and the pescitarian got us home safely from a great day at the KRAG.