Rock Climbing club made for thrill seekers
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 22:01
A new registered student organization (RSO) currently accepting new members is the FGCU Rock Climbing and Adventure Club.
An idea started by thrill-seekers was, "Designed to connect local rock climbers and adventure-seekers, and to do trips for rock climbing and other activities," according to an official description of the club found online. "Whether you're a seasoned climber, or new to the sport, this club has something for you."
Extreme sports such as rock-climbing, skydiving, jet skiing, and scuba diving are some of the adventure activities that the club would like to offer at a discount price to FGCU students who join the club.
"Initially, me and the other founding members were interested in extreme sports," said Yarema "Jerry" Boryshchak, president of the adventure club. "We went on a few trips and figured it would be more affordable if we could get a large group together to do something we all like." Boryshchak is getting his masters in mathematics at FGCU, has rock climbed for around five years, and is scuba and skydiving certified.
He has made over 400 skydiving jumps through working in the US Army.
"Instead of me going by myself skydiving in Zephyrhills, Florida, I could go with a group of four and carpool with everybody," Boryshchak said.
The club just came back from a trip to Miami's X-Treme Rock Climbing gym last Saturday.
"This was my first time with the FGCU Rock Climbing and Adventure Club," said Taylor Badonsky, a sophomore and computer-informatics major at FGCU, "I have done some rock-climbing in the past and enjoyed myself while learning from some of the club members. They help you by coaching you on where to put your feet and where to grab while scaling the walls."
Jessica Doroba, another member of the club, learned a lot as well.
"The people at the rock climbing facility even had something to say about how well they (the other club members) were coaching us," said Doroba, an elementary education major at FGCU "I've never gone climbing in such a huge place before. It was a really different experience. I met new people, and really enjoyed myself."
Badonsky recommends the club for thrill seekers and competitive athletes alike.
"This is a great opportunity for FGCU students to get out there and try something new," continued Badonsky, "I personally would recommend rock-climbing because anyone can do it, and you build great bonds with people because you are pushing yourself mentally and physically."
The FGCU Rock Climbing and Adventure Club is looking to find funds for its trip to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky this April.
It will be a 5-day trip where anyone who has attended at least one meeting going into the Miami X-Treme Rock Climbing gym can come along.
"One of the main things we are trying to do is to acclimate students into extreme sports," Boryshchak said. "One of the trips we are offering is a scuba diving trip, where no certification is needed and members will be diving 10 to 15 feet deep underwater while breathing through a tube attached to the surface."
Other trips currently in the works are to Orlando for indoor-skydiving and possible trips to Skydive Adventures in Clewiston, Florida.