Adventure Center Special Events

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EVEREST CHALLENGE

 

Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world! Do you think you have the climbing skill and endurance to take on the ADVENTURE of scaling all 29,029 feet?  You will have the opportunity to test yourself by attempting to climb the complete distance of Everest over the course of a semester.  A wall membership (along with our climbing wall waiver) is required to attempt the challenge.  Ask our staff how to sign up for a wall membership if you do not have one.  Climbers must swipe in at the wall during normal wall hours to attempt to complete the challenge.  All necessary climbing gear is available free to rent at the climbing wall desk. To successfully complete the challenge, climbers must climb our wall 830 times over the course of a semester.  The number of climbs you complete on any given day must be initialed by an Adventure Center staff member for verification.  Prizes will be given to the first climbers who successfully complete the challenge each semester. Contact Lauren Sasala at lsasala@kent.edu with any questions.

  • Pre-registration IS NOT REQUIRED

CAMPUS SNOWSHOEING

Join us to explore the winter beauty of our campus on snowshoes! We will strap on our snowshoes and trek around the university for some fresh air and exercise. Contact Victoria Murray at vmurray3@kent.edu with any questions.

Difficulty: Level 1. No experience necessary, mild physical exertion.

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 6
    • Option #1: 4 – 5 p.m.
    • Option #2: 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Fee: FREE
  • Pre-registration is REQUIRED

EXPEDITION FILM TOUR

The Adventure Center is hosting the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as they do a small presentation on wilderness medicine and then do a showing of their Expedition Film Tour. There will be pizza!

  • Date: Monday, Feb. 17 from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Fee: Free
  • Pre-registration is recommended.

WINTER BIKE RIDE (with campfire and hot chocolate)

Join us to explore the winter beauty of our campus and city on bikes. We will start at the Rec. Center and use the Flashfleet Fat Tire bikes to bike to a local Kent city park where we'll be greeted by a campfire and hot chocolate! We'll then enjoy some fresh air and exercise as we bike back to campus. Contact Victoria Murray at vmurray3@kent.edu with any questions. 

Difficulty: Level 1. No experience necessary, mild physical exertion.

  • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Fee: FREE
  • Pre-registration IS REQUIRED

LATE NIGHT CHARITY CLIMB-A-THON

Ask your family and friends to donate to this great cause! Each donor will pledge whatever dollar amount they can per number of climbs on our rock wall throughout the evening. At the end of the evening, we will tally your climbs and you will then collect the dollar amounts based on how many times you climbed the wall. You will have the choice of one of four charities to donate to: Thirst Project, Paradox Sports, Adventure Scientists, & Campus Kitchen. You will choose your charity upon registration. See flyer at the climbing wall for more thorough charity descriptions. Climbers must have a climbing wall membership. It is highly recommended to bring a partner to belay for you while you climb. Food and beverages will be provided. 

  • Date: Friday, Feb. 21 from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. (midnight)
  • Fee: Free
  • Pre-registration IS REQUIRED.

SPRING TRAIL RUNS

 

Explore local trails, get some great exercise, and meet some new friends during our trail running spree this semester. We will be traveling (transportation provided) to a different trail each session, and each will include a short presentation/discussion on a different running topic (nutrition, training, gear, etc.). Wear comfortable, layered, athletic clothing for the expected weather and athletic shoes. 

  • Date: 
    • Friday, Mar. 13 from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Apr. 3 from 5 - 7 p.m.
    • Friday, Apr. 17 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fee: Member $5, Non-member $5
  • Pre-registration IS REQUIRED

    MAP-MAKING WORKSHOP

    CALLING ALL CURRENT AND FUTURE CARTOGRAPHERS AND/OR ORIENTEERING ENTHUSIASTS!  Help create a detailed map of central campus that depicts building outlines, roads`, sidewalks, sculptures, trees and boulders.  This unlabeled map will be used for an upcoming series of map navigation challenges open to all.  But first, a multitude of details must be filled in on a basemap created from aerial photos.  The day will start with a short introduction to the field checking process followed by time spent actually surveying a small section of the campus map.  Participants will have their names added to the map’s creators list!  Plan on spending three to four hours on this project. 

    • Date: Saturday, Mar. 14 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Location: Kent Student Center Room 314
    • Fee: FREE
    • Pre-registration is REQUIRED 

    SPEED CLIMBING COMPETITION

    See if you can climb as fast as the Olympians as you speed up the routes set at our rock wall. Prizes provided. 

    • Date: Saturday, Apr. 4 from 2 - 6 p.m. 
    • Fee: Member $10, Non-member $10
    • Pre-registration IS REQUIRED.

      SUSTAINABILITY BIKE TOUR 

      Come for a spring bike ride around campus to tour sustainability-themed groups here at Kent State. Hop on our bikeshare bikes to get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and learn how different organizations help our planet this Earth Month! 

      • Date: Wednesday, Apr. 8 from 4 - 7 p.m.
      • Fee: Free
      • Pre-registration IS REQUIRED.

      EARTH MONTH SERVICE PROJECT

       

      Join us in celebrating Earth Month and helping to keep our planet clean! We’ll meet at the Rec. Center and drive to Tannery Park. From there we’ll hike along the river and clean up any trash we find along the way. We’ll end our day by biking back to the Farmers Market in downtown Kent. 

      • Date: Saturday, Apr. 25 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
      • Fee: Free
      • Pre-registration IS REQUIRED.

      DISC GOLF SCRAMBLE TOURNAMENT 

       

      Need a good reason to brush up on your disc golf skills? Here’s your opportunity to show your skill at Kent State’s own disc golf course. Grab 1-3 friends and make a team  or sign up as a free agent for our scramble-style tournament, for a chance to win prizes, and eat some food!

      • Date: Sunday, Apr. 26 from 12 - 6 p.m.
      • Fee: Member $25, Non-member $30
      • Pre-registration IS REQUIRED.