Scaling new heights at UC

10 February 2011

Staff are climbing the walls at the UC College of Education.

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Lecturer Chris North spots his daughter Ngaire on the new climbing wall at the College of Education.

Staff are climbing the walls at the UC College of Education.

The School of Sciences and Physical Education officially opened its new rock climbing wall on Wednesday 9 February at a very hands- and feet-on function attended by staff and family members, which ended with the appropriately themed food of rock melons and pebbles.

Lecturer Chris North said the new facility was installed over the summer just in time for the launch of a new course being introduced this semester - TEPE110 Rock Climbing Contexts and Techniques. The course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of outdoor recreation theories, approaches and physiology as each relates to rock climbing environments, participation and performance.

Mr North said it was a fantastic opportunity to be able to establish the course, which would utilise both the new wall and take students off campus to the "world famous rock climbing area in our back yard" - Castle Hill, Kura Tāwhiti.

"I'm really excited to have a rock climbing wall here that is going to support the new course in the Bachelor of Education degree and support some of the research that's going on in rock climbing by colleagues Dr Nick Draper and Gavin Blackwell. For the wider College of Education I hope the wall will be used by a variety of staff for a lot of different teaching outcomes," Mr North said.

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