Off-the-wall experience for Cabrini students

By Meghan McSloy
November 5, 2009

Shannon Keough

Offering an opportunity to get off campus and experience some high adventure activities, the Dixon Center runs trips at little to no charge for students.

Events take place weekly, while others are run sporadically throughout the semester.

Each Wednesday, groups of students take a trip to the Philadelphia Rock Gym, which is located in Oaks, Pa. Buses leave the Dixon lot at 6:45 p.m.

All Cabrini students are welcome to attend and climb the rock wall for free.

For those who are unable to attend the Wednesday trip, free passes are available for pick-up in the Dixon Center.

“Passes are available so that if people can’t go rock climbing on Wednesdays, they can pick up a pass at the front desk.

However, the only day there will be transportation available is on Wednesday evenings,” Orlin Jespersen, assistant director of recreation, said.

In addition to the weekly rock climbing trip, other high adventure activities were offered this semester and more are in the works for the spring.

Popular activities that were run this semester included hiking on the Appalachian Trail, surfing lessons, the popular canopy tour, whitewater rafting and paintballing.

Because of the many requests, an extreme adventure weekend is being planned for next semester.

“An extreme adventure weekend is in the works that will take place in western Maryland sometime in the spring,” Jespersen said.

Details will be available soon concerning the specifics of the trip.

In addition to the adventure weekend, other trips similar to the ones offered this semester will be available once again in the spring.

While participation varies from trip to trip, students generally find these activities to be fun.

“We’ve had as many as 15 for rock climbing and as little as two. Some trips have as little as two to three participants while other have numbers close to 20,” Jespersen said.

Experience is not required to participate in the trips and students are urged to give it a try.

“I want to reinforce the you don’t have to be experienced. It gives you a chance to get out and try it. You are not committed to more than a day and if you try it and don’t like it, you are not tied down. It is good to at least get out and try something new,” Jespersen said.

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