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CORE stacks crates, brings the 80’s back in style

Known for bringing the adventure to VSU, CORE has several activities and competitions lined up for the remainder of the semester.

Getting everyone back into the swing of things, CORE held a crate stacking competition from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday at the basketball courts in the Student Recreational Center.

In crate stacking, the participant stacks a 1.5 foot crate while climbing the crates or crate he or she stacked.

According to Sean Wilkinson, rental center and adventure trip graduate assistant, the participant, or climber, will be harnessed to a top rope system, as in a rock climbing course.

The promotional video by CORE showed the difficult task of keeping balance and maintaining a firm footing on the crates while simultaneously stacking more crates on top.

“There is a good amount of balance and focus needed to prevent collapse,” Wilkinson said. “Not to mention when sweet prizes are thrown into the mix, competition gets heated.”

Prizes that were given out during the competition included slacklines, hammocks, sunglass holders, chalk bags and hats.

Another competition that CORE will host is the ‘80s Top Rope Competition. The event is unlike any other rope course competitions held at CORE being the first ‘80s themed challenge.

A top rope event starts with the climber being harnessed in safety gear. The participant is then anchored to a spot of the climbing surface, in this case the Rec’s rock wall. Climbers will then climb to the top of the wall.

Prizes will be given out to winners at the competition, but the types of prizes, as of now, are unknown according to Melanie Stawkey, a CORE graduate assistant.

The event will be hosted at the Rec’s rock wall, and will give beginner, intermediate and even advanced climbers the opportunity to participate.

“Rock climbing is a great way to be active while having fun, “Stawkey said.

Written by Veronica Dominicis


The competition’s date and time is to be determined by CORE.

Competitions are held within the Rec, but in April, CORE will travel outside VSU to multiple locations.

The CORE trip scheduled from April 6 to 7, will take participants to Tallulah Gorge and Stone Summit.

Stone Summit, located in Atlanta, is the nation’s largest climbing and fitness center, according to Stone Summit’s website.

The website also states that the center is for beginners and experts– the walls ranging from 25 to 60 feet.

Tallulah Gorge is a state park located in North East Georgia. According to the state park’s website, the state park is home to a suspension bridge, hanging 80 feet above the ground, a gorge two miles long and 1,000 feet deep and eclectic species of animals and plants.

The student fee is $60 while the nonstudent price is $70. The fees include all equipment needed for participants.

A pre-trip meeting is scheduled for April 3 at 7 p.m. at the rock wall located inside the Rec.

CORE will be hosting courses, classes, and competitions throughout the rest of the school year and continuing into the summer months.

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