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Marquette climbers ascend local walls

AVID ADVENTURERS—The SSCC is looking for new members to join their group to experience the U.P.’s beautiful nature for themselves. Denali Drake/NW

While some of us are wrapped up in our blankets watching Netflix and eating popcorn, others of us like sophomore mechanical engineering major Logan Geary and senior international studies major Leah Ring are busy grabbing their harnesses and rope and putting chalk on their hands, preparing themselves for their climb up Silver Mountain. They do this as part of the Southern Superior Climbing Club (SSCC).

When talking about the goals of the SSCC Ring states that it’s more about teaching  people the basics. 

“The goal of the SSCC is to bring more people into the world of climbing, and show proper techniques of how to climb,” Ring said.

Geary said the overall feedback from the club it is a bonding experience. 

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“Everyone in the club really loves it, which helps with the atmosphere at the various climbing locations or even when we’re all just hanging out,” Geary said.

For those curious about joining the club, or worried about lack of experience Geary explained that nothing is required.

“You don’t need any experience to join just come to some open climbs and either hang out or rent some equipment and try the rock wall out that’s the best place to get started,” Geary said. 

Geary and Ring also both commented on what some new climbers coming into the club should expect.

“We have some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met in Marquette’s climbing community. It’s a very welcoming environment,” Geary said. “If you like challenges and pushing yourself to do things that are out of your comfort zone than climbing is definitely for you.”

Geary also commented on some of the lasting relationships he has gained from being part of the SSCC.

“The club is a great way to make friends… myself personally have made a ton of friends who I hang out with all the time outside of the club,” Geary said.

Ring also commented on what new climbers should expect coming into the club.

“Those who want to try climbing for the first time should always be proud of their accomplishments. It takes a lot of training to get to a point where you feel your best. Never be too hard on yourself,” Ring said.

Rock climbing is popular because of its intensity, Geary said.

“People enjoy the challenge, because of the fact that there are so many different levels of difficulty. It  almost becomes addicting because you keep pushing yourself to get to that next level of difficulty,” Geary said. 

People often worry that they need to be in physical shape to do something like rock climbing, but Geary explains that though it helps, it isn’t necessary. 

“To get further it does help to be physically active, because you do need the upper body strength to climb. However you do not need to be there are different levels you can start at if you aren’t,” Geary said.

The group’s last climb of the fall will take place from Oct. 18 to 20 at Silver Mountain. The club’s next upcoming event is Beer and Boulders on Oct. 19 at Silver Mountain. 

So if you are looking to go out with your roommates and have a new adventure, or maybe just a fun climb at the PEIF, think about going to check out the SSCC where you can meet new faces and have a fun time up in Silver Mountain. For more information, visit the PEIF’s website.

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