Club invites rock-climbing enthusiasts
By Bruce Opperman
The Geo-Adventure Club is a campus organization that offers an opportunity for UW- Fox students to express their adventurous side.
According to the school’s website, “The club was organized to provide extended field and laboratory experiences for students interested in physical geography, geology, and meteorology,” however all individuals are welcome.
“You do not have to study geology or geography, anybody who is adventurous can join” said sophomore and club president Valerie Hilkert.
Upcoming activities include organizing a team of climbers to compete at other UW campuses and monthly dinners at local restaurants.
“[We’re] trying to get a climbing series started. The UW system has climbing competitions at UW Oshkosh, UW Stout, [UW Stevens] Point… it goes progressively throughout all campuses,” sophomore and club member Eric Balza said.
“The club members go out to eat at a different kind of ethnic restaurant,” sophomore Andrew Larsen said.
“We try to at least once a month…last semester we went to a German place, Indian place [and] now we are going to an authentic Mexican restaurant,” Hilkert said.
Beth Johnson, assistant professor of geology, related dining at ethnic restaurants in the Fox Valley to the club.
“In Greek, the word ‘geos’ refers to the earth.
We try to take the root word ‘geo’ in the Geo-Adventure club very broadly…so we can encompass both the physical earth, as well as the cultural earth,” Johnson said.
The club participates in fundraisers throughout the year, as well as community service activities, like holding Boy Scout merit badge workshops.
“[Club members] help the Boy Scouts earn elective and required merit badges in things like geology and citizenship…” Johnson said.
Larsen urges students to get involved with the club this spring.
“Show up for a meeting, tell us you would like to be added to the email list and you’re good to go,” Larsen said.
Club advisors Johnson and Andrew Shears, assistant professor of geography, oversee weekly meetings held on Thursdays at noon in room 1065.
Meetings provide general information about upcoming events sponsored by the club, as well as facilitate discussions regarding past adventures.
The club can also be found on Facebook at Geo-Adventurers Club.