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Have you heard about: Case Rock Monkeys?

Gabby Markoff

Issue date: 1/30/09 Section: News
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The Case Rock Monkeys host climbing events on Monday nights at Veale.
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The Case Rock Monkeys host climbing events on Monday nights at Veale.

Do you feel like being adventurous? Want to try your hand at something new? How about rock climbing? But who rock climbs at Case, you ask? The Case Rock Monkeys do, and have done so for the past eight years. Current president Ajay Sapre and treasurer Andrew Feczko explained that although the mailing list for the club is quite large, the "officers are the ones that climb the most." Anyone is welcome to come and climb with them, though, no matter their experience level.

Many of the members of the rock climbing club had never climbed before joining. A lot of people get involved through a SatCo or a rock climbing gym class. And for many, the only previous experience they had before that was at summer camp. The Rock Monkeys teach basic climbing techniques and can show students how to belay: holding and controlling the rope while someone else climbs (the student workers at Veale's rock gym can also teach belaying). But rock climbing is a self-guided sport; students can push themselves as much they would like. This is one of the greatest benefits to climbing that Sapre listed, as well as the fact that "[rock climbing] is a great workout, great stress relief, and mental…you gotta think about it."

The Rock Monkeys hold SatCos, climb at the rock wall in Veale, and take trips to the Cleveland Rock Gym. They try to get out to the Cleveland Rock Gym more, but Feczko said that their "biggest problem is transportation." They have been able to make some accommodations though; on a recent trip they managed to take 12 students to the rock gym. The club events are open to everyone (Feczko would like to add that people with cars are wanted) and it is not necessary to have your own equipment. There are chalk bags and harnesses are available for use. Veale rents out climbing shoes for only $2. The Cleveland Rock Gym also has shoes for people to rent. Feczko explained, however, that "after you start climbing a lot, you'll buy your own shoes anyway." If you own your own shoes at Case, climbing is free, and there are workers there to belay you whenever the rock wall is open. The Veale rock wall is open to all students Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A belay staff is present at those times, but bouldering (climbing along the wall low to the ground without a rope) is also welcome.

The Rock Monkeys hold two events per semester at the Cleveland Rock Gym. They normally get together to climb at Veale on Monday nights. There is going to be a Rock Monkeys event at the Cleveland Rock Gym in two weeks, and they will be holding a SatCo at the end of February. So if you are interested in trying something new, check out the rock wall, look at the Rock Monkeys' Facebook page, or e-mail them at .
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