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April 3: Whipper Snapper 2016 Climbing Competition

Event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Myers Field House.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Campus Recreation News Release, 3-29-2016

Contact: Ben Nelson, Campus Recreation Marketing & Facilities
Phone Number: 507-389-1330

MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Adventure Education Program will be hosting its fourth Annual Whipper Snapper Indoor Rock Climbing Competition on Sunday, April 3. The Whipper Snapper Climbing Competition will take place at 10 a.m. at the indoor rock wall facility within Myers Field House on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The competition attracts climbers of all ages and all abilities. For the past three years, climbers from Minnesota and surrounding states have converged on the Minnesota State Mankato campus to compete in divisions ranging from beginner to advanced. Competition scoring is not based on speed. The modified Redpoint scoring format challenges climbers to climb a marked route ‘clean’ without weighting their rope, slipping on a climbing hold or using unmarked holds. Competitors test their endurance by attempting to climb their best and accruing points for their top climbs.

Sam Steiger is the program coordinator for the Adventure Education Program and loves the excitement the competition brings to the Mankato climbing community.

“It’s a great opportunity for our newer climbers to get a feel for what competitions are like,” said Steiger. “Competitions also provide a wonderful opportunity to watch some of the best advanced climbers in our area compete at a high level.”

Registration for the Whipper Snapper is $35, and spectators are welcome to attend and watch the event for free. Free parking is available in gold parking lots 7 & 8 adjacent to the Myers Field House and Blakeslee Stadium throughout the event.

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About the Adventure Education Program & Climbing Walls:
For the past 30+ years, the Adventure Education Program has promoted personal growth and healthy relationships in our community through adventure-based experiences. Throughout the year the Adventure Education Program offers teambuilding and leadership development events to the Minnesota State Mankato campus and the southern Minnesota community. The Adventure Education Program provides on-site and off-site teambuilding for youth, teen, non-profit, corporate and adult groups focused on essential team skills and leadership activities.

In the past five years the Adventure Education Program has built two recreational rock climbing facilities (both indoor and outdoor) to introduce climbing to the Minnesota State Mankato campus and surrounding Mankato community. Climbing is available year-round to the general public and is available to people of all ages.

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