Community Invited to “Cosmic Climb” Rockwall Competition at WCCC

The second-year students of the Adventure Recreation program at Washington County Community College are inviting the community to participate in a “Cosmic Climb”: a rock wall climbing competition open to all skill levels with routes named after celestial features. The event will be held on December 10th at the Rock Wall in WCCC’s gym.

Attendees will be able to choose between traditional rope-assisted rock-wall climbing, bouldering (without rope assistance), or mock ice climbing using rubber-band tipped ice axes “for people who feel like they are an accomplished rock climber,” Abbie Kemmerer explained. Kemmerer is one of the students organizing the event as well as being part of the rockwall’s regular staff.

“A huge part of Maine’s tourism is rock climbing and it’s often under-appreciated by locals,” Kemmerer said. “It’s a big part of our program.” The Cosmic Climb has been designed by the students to promote the Adventure Recreation program as well as the Rock Wall itself. The students aim to raise $150 to donate to a scholarship for a future Adventure Recreation student, along with raising extra funds for Rock Wall equipment. 

The fee for participating in the climb is $20 for the general public or $15 for students of any age or school. Rock Wall members will also pay $15. The first ten people to preregister will pay $15 and receive a Cosmic Climb tee shirt. 

Winners will receive medals, tee-shirts, water bottles, gifts from sponsors, and entry into a raffle with additional prizes. The competition is divided into several categories: first by male and female, then by novice, intermediate, and expert skill levels. All attendees will be treated to a meal purchased and served by the Student Senate, who are also volunteering to assist with the event.

The Rock Wall is open regularly on Thursdays from 5:30-8:30. The fee is $5 a night for those that have their own equipment or $8 a night for those that don’t. There is no fee for WCCC students. Hours are anticipated to expand next semester and an annual membership is available.

To register for the Cosmic Climb or for more information on the Rock Wall, call 454-1060 or visit wccc.me.edu/oac for a link. The Cosmic Climb will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 11 a.m.