Rock Climbing 101 at McLib July 31

PADUCAH, KY - McCracken County Library will host Rock Climbing 101 on Tuesday, July 31st from 7-8 pm with Mike Gowen, certified climbing instructor.

Have you always wanted to try rock climbing, but you didn't know where to start? Rock Climbing 101 will be a great beginning. During the hour long introduction to rock climbing, all the basics will be covered. Those in attendance be introduced to the history and various disciplines of climbing (indoors & out), as well as, safety considerations, climbing techniques and basic gear.

The instructor will focus on empowering participants with a foundation of information and basic skill awareness with the objective of individuals being ready to pursue the climbing discipline of their choice. The session will include hands on introduction to basic knots and uses of equipment. The instructor will also share a variety of resources to get you started after the course.

Mike Gowen has been teaching and leading adventure trips for 20 years. He is a lecturer in Murray State University’s Department of Community Leadership & Human Services. Gowen has traveled the United States in pursuit of adventure. Climbing has led him to destinations in the eastern and western United States. He is a certified climbing instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator and wilderness first aid instructor. 

All programs are free & open to the public
For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 119 or email:

Published 12:45 PM, Sunday Jun. 17, 2018
Updated 02:57 PM, Friday Jul. 20, 2018


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