Office of Student Life

Welcome Week

Wilderness Welcome: Rock Climbing Red River Gorge


Time: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Stanton, Kentucky

On this trip, First-Year students will climb at the Red River Gorge, one of the premier climbing destinations in the eastern United States. Participants on this trip will experience front-country camping and climbing in the Daniel Boone National Forest and surrounding area. Participants will learn skill progression, equipment selection, terminology, and potential risks as foundational skills for climbing. Material will include knot tying, use of belay devices, and risk management around the climbing site. Student leaders will help develop the leadership skills of first-year students. The trip is challenging, yet appropriate for both novice and more experienced climbers. At the end of the trip, first year students who have elected to be an OWL(all Wilderness Welcome participants are encouraged to be OWLs*) will move-in early (August 15) and can safely store their residence hall items at the OAC for the duration of the trip. OAC staff will assist in the move-in process on August 15 so a participant’s family only needs to make one trip to campus. This trip is also available for one academic credit hour. More information can be found here.

*Students who elect not to be an OWL or who don’t register by June 30 can: return home on August 15 and move in on the normal move-in day, August 18 or pay Residence Life for early move-in (typically $40/day).

This trip is a mix between a backcountry and frontcountry trip: Trip members will have limited access to running water, bathrooms and other modern amenities. What's included in the Trip Fee? all meals, transportation, trip leader instruction and activity-specific gear (excludes personal clothing and footwear). Students with financial need (Pell eligible for example) may apply for a scholarship to reduce program cost. Please email for details on how to apply. How to register: you will need to create a new RecRegister account. Use your OSU email and ID # if you have it. Once you have created your account, please click the Sign Up and make a payment to reserve your spot. Note this program will sell out and payment is required to hold your spot. Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 For details & tips for preparing for the trip please reference OAC Physical Challenge Scale

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