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Having a little adventure

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By Kirsten Laskey

White Rock Canyon is filled with potential to attract climbers in and out of state. For instance, it offers a full-gambit of climbing – sport, top rope and “trad” or traditional climbing. It is easily accessible from Los Alamos and is suitable for those who are venturing out of the gym rock wall for the first time.Despite its potential, not many big, out-of-town groups have come to the canyon; until now. Twelve members of the Towson University Climbing Club from Baltimore, Ma., arrived Thursday and stayed through Saturday to scale the canyon walls.Club secretary Liz Davenport explained she discovered the area through the Los Alamos Mountaineers website.She explained the website was helpful; it contained a lot of detailed information about the different climbs in the area.Additionally, she got in contact with Kai Davis, vice president of the Mountaineers and climbing school director, for assistance on where to climb.This is a big step for the club, Davenport said. Not only have they never been to New Mexico before but the farthest members have been is Tennessee.“We’re looking forward to experiencing climbing out West,” she said.While the group has competed in climbing competitions and is planning outdoor trips in Maryland, Davenport said climbing in New Mexico is “just a different, new experience for everyone.”Davis said he believes a number of factors encouraged the club to travel to White Rock.One factor was the Mountaineers website, another was the group did not want to “attack” something huge; therefore, they decided to come to northern New Mexico.Their decision seems to have delighted the Mountaineers. Considering there are numerous places the group could have selected, Davis said, “It’s kind of neat they came here.”White Rock Canyon is not a tourist destination; however, out-town-climbers do visit the area. Davis said he recently met a couple from Colorado climbing in White Rock and climbers from Albuquerque visit the area.“It does attract out-of-town people,” he said.Davenport expressed her gratitude to the Mountaineers. She said the Mountaineers were helpful and let them know everything they needed.She especially thanked Davis. “(He) really encouraged us to get out there and have an awesome trip,” she said.