Sunset Climbing Club at CNCC offers open hours at climbing gym

John Whipple, this year’s College For Kids Climbing Course instructor and Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Outdoor Leadership Program coordinator, taught 17 children about stretching, climbing techniques and safety at CNCC’s climbing gym last week. Above, Whipple instructs students on technique while showing the standing children how to spot climbers overhead. Forty-five children filled all but one CNCC College For Kids class this year, said Angie Miller, CNCC’s community education coordinator and the program’s organizer. Miller said participation in College For Kids has climbed steadily since the program returned several years ago, and she attributed much of its success to instructors, parents and children bringing their enthusiasm and involvement to the courses.

John Whipple, this year’s College For Kids Climbing Course instructor and Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Outdoor Leadership Program coordinator, taught 17 children about stretching, climbing techniques and safety at CNCC’s climbing gym last week. Above, Whipple instructs students on technique while showing the standing children how to spot climbers overhead. Forty-five children filled all but one CNCC College For Kids class this year, said Angie Miller, CNCC’s community education coordinator and the program’s organizer. Miller said participation in College For Kids has climbed steadily since the program returned several years ago, and she attributed much of its success to instructors, parents and children bringing their enthusiasm and involvement to the courses.

RANGELY I From now until Aug. 11, beginning and experienced climbers can participate in Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) Sunset Climbing Club, with open hours at the college’s climbing gym Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.

CNCC outdoor leadership program coordinator John Whipple said participants of all ages and skill levels have something to gain by attending — aside from enjoying stellar sunset views from the gym’s vantage point.
“If you are an experienced climber and are looking for a place to train and challenge yourself, then the Sunset Club is for you,” Whipple said. “Even if you are a beginner or have never climbed before, our trained staff will ‘show you the ropes’ and teach the basics of climbing through instruction and demonstration.”
The Sunset Climbing Club isn’t just for individuals. Kids of all ages can attend climbing hours although children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and all participants fill out a waiver form to get started. Families are welcome to attend, too.
It’s a unique opportunity in an area where indoor climbing experiences can transition to outdoor climbs around the region, from desert rocks in Rangely’s backyard to more serious challenges in Colorado National Monument.
To join the Sunset Climbing Club, individuals pay a pass rate of $30 for the season, a family pass (four people or more) is $60 and drop-in climbers pay $5. The gym has some equipment, including shoes and harnesses, available for use.
For more information, contact Whipple at 675-3217 or at john.whipple@cncc.edu.

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