By Ashly Hernandez
The stresses of a new quarter should always come with a way to unwind and the start of a new year should inspire us all to try something new.
Associated Students, Inc. and Campus Recreation provided a way to do so with free food, a movie, slack line and opportunities for prizes on Jan. 5 with a Winter Poolooza event.
“Winter Poolooza is our big kick off event,” said adventure instructor and emcee of the night, Madison Anderson.
“We want to get [students] stoked about getting outdoors.”
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC) poolside lounge, students were given a winter wonderland experience complete with a snow machine and hot chocolate to ward off the winter chill while outside.
What better way to usher in winter and getting outside than with a film about Alpine climbing, which is a style of climbing that deals with snow, ice and rock.
The film featured at the event was Meru, the 2015 sport documentary about three professional climbers who tackled the dangerous Shark’s Fin peak on Mt. Meru in the Himalayas.
Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk scaled an almost vertical 20,000ft in 2011 to conquer the central peak of Mt. Meru after failing to make the summit in 2008.
Students were able to see the dangers of Alpine climbing as well as the adrenaline rush it gives the climbers who continuously confront the various terrains of the planet.
First-year mechanical engineer student Marshall Fielding is a member of Cal Poly Pomona’s indoor rock climbing team, the Bronco Ascenders.
After watching the film, he understood the excitement of Alpine climbing.
“It totally makes me want to go out and practice and master a skill so unique and difficult,” Fielding said.
The prizes given out throughout the night were geared toward climbing.
They gave out beanies, bandanas, chalk bags, water bottles, gloves and multi-purpose scarves.
The adventures and aquatics departments of ASI Campus Recreation came together for the first time for this poolside event.
“This is usually aquatics’ thing,” said adventure supervisor and botany student Daryl Mixon.
“We wanted to get [students] interested and show the opportunities and programs we have about camping, alpining, and other different workshops.”
The adventure programs also include trips to Mt. Baldy where students can take part in practicing what they learned in the Alpinist workshops.
Mixon explained how all the workshops and Mt. Baldy trips can prepare students for their biggest trip during spring break: a five day adventure in the Eastern Sierras.
For students who missed the Winter Poolooza event on Friday, more information can be found on the ASI Campus Recreation websites under “Adventures.”
Let 2018 be the year to try something new or give the rock climbing wall in the BRIC a try.
For information on other fitness and organized adventure opportunities visit the Campus Recreation website at http://asi.cpp.edu/campusrec/.
Courtesy of Campus Recreation
Winter Poolooza is an annual event held by the aquatics department of Campus Recreation
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