Rec Sports branches out

Bearkats with a sense of adventure will be taking a trip into the great outdoors on Dec. 4 and 5.

SHSU Rec Sports is presenting “exTREEm Climbing,” which is an event where students will get the chance to climb into the canopy of large trees at the University Camp in Riverside, Texas.

University Camp was chosen as the destination because of its large red oak and pine trees.

Registration for the event closes this week, but every spot has already been filled. This is the third time that exTREEm Climbing has been held and each date has sold out. The cost for registration was $20.

During the expedition, students are advised to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. Because they will be climbing trees, their clothes are likely to become covered in dirt, bark and anything else residing on the trees.

Students are provided with safety equipment such as a helmet and a harness. Steve Thompson, assistant director for Outdoor Recreation, says that students should bring “comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes and a sense of adventure.”

Students will not need to bring any extra spending money because all expenses are covered in the $20 fee. Lunch will be provided as well.

Thompson says that signups for events begin one month in advance and generally fill up within a few weeks, so students have to act fast to participate.

Rec Sports has several events coming up, but most are booked already. The Lost Maples Backpacking event taking place the same weekend as exTREEm Climbing as well as the New Mexico Skiing and Snowboarding trip are both booked.

The next event that students can sign up for is the Caving Trip, which will take place in February. Signups for this trip will begin next semester.

For more information on these and other events, contact Steve Thompson at 936-294-3656.

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