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MU Rec Center invites climbers of all skill levels to Dec. 4 event

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Outdoor Pursuits Program at the Marshall University Recreation Center wants students to see the climbing wall in a new light, a black light that is.

The first Black Light Boulder Bash will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Rec Center is inviting climbers of all skill levels.

"The idea for the Black Light Boulder Bash came from a part time staff member by the name of Will Shields," said Chad Steen, Outdoor Pursuits coordinator. "It seemed like a great idea and we decided to go with it. It's not a competition just a great chance to experience the climbing wall. We are going to turn out the lights and we will have black lights lit along the walls. We have fluorescent gaffer's tape decorating the wall to guide the climbers along the light. The black lights were donated by a local company: MPE Entertainment and the fluorescent tape was donated by TapeBrothers.com."

Steen said their hoping it will be a hit with students.

"We're hoping this will get some students to come in, shake-up the hard study routine before finals and just have some fun," Steen said. "We're hoping for at least 30 climbers. We will also have snacks after the climbing is over. We will climb from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m. the common area will be open for snacks and socializing. We are trying to create a sense of community through the outdoor pursuits program. We are looking for students, rec center members and community members to attend."

Admission for the event is $15 for Rec Center members and $20 for non-members. T-Shirts will also be on sale for $10.

Climbing shoes will be available to rent for $2. To register for the event, call Steen at 304-696-4653 or the main desk of the Rec Center at 304-696-4732.



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