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NMJC Offers Rock Climbing Course

NMJC Offers Rock Climbing Course photo 12/15/2006 12:40:01 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College will soon begin teaching students how to climb their way to the top -- of the rock, that is.

Beginning in January, students can take Basic Rock Climbing for credit on Wednesday nights from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Teen Center. According to Kelly Holladay, Dean of Math and Sciences at NMJC, the equipment for the 1-credit hour course, which will be taught by Scott Adams, will be furnished by the Teen Center.

Robert Bensing, NMJC Dean of Enrollment Management, states that the course will function as "an introduction for the novice climber with a primary emphasis on safety and fun." Students will learn about the equipment required to safely navigate vertical rock faces and will practice demonstrated rock climbing techniques and belaying. In addition, basic knot tying skills and climbing etiquette will be taught, with top-rope climbing practiced in an indoor gym on an artificial rock wall.

The course will also provide brief descriptions of other types of climbing techniques such as lead, aid, and sport climbing. According to Bensing, field trips to a nearby climbing gym will be held near the end of the semester as "a culminating experience."

For more information or to register for Basic Rock Climbing, please call NMJC at 575.392.4510.

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