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Marshall's Outdoor Pursuits Fall 2013 program hosting various trips

Oct. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- After a slight delay, the Outdoor Pursuits program at the Marshall Rec Center is providing a variety of trips for the fall semester including rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and a special Halloween trip to King's Island.

To register for these trips, contact Chad Steen, Outdoor Pursuits coordinator at 304-696-6453 or the rec center at 304-696-4732.

"In the past we've had some things not necessarily have gone the way that students would have liked," Steen said. "We have a new staff on our Outdoor Pursuits program and a new excitement on our part to make it better for the students."

This week there will be a rock climbing adventure at Lake Vesuvius. The trip will cost $55 for members and $77 for non-members. There will be two pre-trip clinics from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Recreation Center. The trip will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 and continue until 4 p.m. Registration for the event will be open until Monday, Oct. 14.

"The pre-trip clinic is geared to beginner climbers and people who aren't used to the rock climbing wall area," Steen said. "There will be a basic introduction to the sport on the first night, and the second night will focus on climbing technique and safety procedures. This all culminates on the third night and the day trip to Lake Vesuvius in Ohio. All gear for the trip will be provided through the Outdoor Pursuits program. Everything for the trip will be provided. As scary as rock climbing may seem I would say if there's anything within the person that's curious about the sport, I would say go with it. As dangerous as it might seem, these ropes and devices are tested beyond anything you might put them through particularly in an introduction class."

There will be a Full Moon Paddle kayaking trip on Friday, Oct. 18 at Beech Fork State Park. There will be a pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. Registration for the trip is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. The evening trip will start at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Center and continue until 9:35 p.m. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 14.

On Saturday, Oct. 19 there will be a day hiking trip to Beech Fork State Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for this event is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. There will be a pre-trip meeting at at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The Rec Center's annual Halloween trip is Oct. 26, with a trip to King's Island for the Halloween Haunt. Students will leave the recreation center at 3 p.m. and arrive at the park at 6 p.m. and start the return at 11 p.m. Registration, which includes transportation and an all-access pass for the park, is $66 for members and $93 for non-members. The registration deadline for this trip is Friday, Nov. 18. There will be a pre-trip meeting at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17.

"This type of trip is a way for Outdoor Pursuits to reach a market that may not be as interested in outdoor activities as some are, but we want everyone involved," Steen said. "The Halloween Haunt is an annual event at King's Island where the park turns into your worst nightmare. It's going to be a great night. You will want to bring some extra money for cotton candy or a foot long corndog."

A trip to Red River Gorge in Kentucky is being planned for November, but the current government shutdown has delayed it.

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