An Outdoor Challenge

Dear Orange Friends:

This past summer I climbed a drumlin on the edge of South Campus to visit the University’s Outdoor Challenge Course , a project led by the Department of Recreation Services within the Division of Student Affairs. The hilltop site includes huge towers with ropes extended between them, and lots of opportunities to develop teamwork and fitness by navigating various climbing challenges on them.

Many older alumni will remember the ski slope we used to have on South Campus. The new course is located at the top of that old slope, and commands a great view across the city all the way to Onondaga Lake. The climb up there through deep woods is great exercise that is rewarded with a great view.

Many students and campus groups have been using the course. The project was envisioned and created by the great team in Recreation Services, including Joe Lore, director, and Scott Catucci, associate director for outdoor education and student development.

I encourage members of the University community to contact Recreation Services and plan to check out the course. It’s open through mid-November (weather permitting), and is a great way to experience the fall season and enjoy the Central New York foliage.


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Chancellor Kent Syverud