Management at the Marshall (W.Va.) University Recreation Center figured out an interesting way to spice up its climbing wall last week.
The climbing wall at Marshall’s rec center was blacked out and turned into a neon glow room for the annual Blacklight Bash. The event proved popular with students.
“We had a lot of people back here. At one point, I would say there was around 30 people all in this one room,” wall attendant Jacob Bryant told The Parthenon. “It got pretty hot in here.”
The wall attendants used neon tape to mark different routes, and the room was completed with blacked out windows and black light.
“We taped up easier routes rather than harder routes because we had a lot of new people that came to the event, and we wanted them to actually be able to climb something,” Bryant said. “We try to be super inclusive to everyone, no matter what experience level they have.”
The event was aimed at bringing attention to the rec center’s climbing wall.
“Where the rock wall is located at the back of the Rec, a lot of people just don’t come back here because they don’t really have a reason to,” Bryant said. “We do the event to get people back here and kind of show off the rock wall and get more people familiar with it.”