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OAPI leads Carleton Project on outdoor climbing adventure

The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Carleton Project teamed up recently to take alternative high school students on an outdoor climbing adventure.

On Tuesday, July 14, the Carleton Project and officials from the University’s Outdoor Adventure Program International [OAPI] traveled to Clifton, Maine, for an outdoor climb at Eagle Cliff. The trip was both a way for Carleton Project students to get outside and enjoy some physical activity and also learn some important lessons about teamwork and decision making.

Prior to the climb, Carleton Project students spent two days at Gentile Hall’s 37-foot-high climbing wall, learning the skills and techniques needed for their outdoor climb.

The outdoor climb was guided by Lenny Cole and assisted by Amanda Morin and Jenna Larochelle of OAPI. The day started with a short 15-minute hike to the base of Eagle Cliff. Students spent the rest of the day climbing several routes. In addition to climbing, students also practiced belaying and other teamwork skills, such as peer support, responsibility and decision making on routes.

“It was a very successful day and our students had an excellent time,” Carleton Project teacher Heather Nunez said. “We’re really looking forward to partnering with OAPI again in the future.”