Last weekend, Jacksonville State University’s Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) went rock-climbing at Cherokee Rock Village, which is located in Leesburg, Alabama.
Leesburg is in Cherokee county near Centre, Alabama. Cherokee Rock Village is also known as Sandrock.
The members of the OAC met at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathew’s Coliseum at 10 a.m., and planned on leaving for Leesburg no later than 10:30. The time it would take the group to finish the actual climb depended a lot on the individual climbers.
“It really depends on the amount of people, muscle exhaustion and overall attitudes,” said Michael Quattrochi, founder and president of the JSU Outdoor Adventure Club. “My current ETA (estimate time of arrival) would be around dusk,” he continued.
Saturday’s excursion wasn’t the first of Quattrochi’s trips since founding the Outdoor Adventure Club. The club has been back-packing, hiking and caving, and recently went white-water rafting down the Ocoee River—the same Ocoee River that hosted the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. “It was beautiful, fun and provided a nice getaway from the stresses of school,” said Quattrochi.
Not everything the club does is off campus. The JSU Outdoor Adventure Club holds the annual “Spring Festival” on the Quad. Last year’s event had a rock-climbing wall, a hammock giveaway, free t-shirts and stickers, plus door prizes, tug-of-war and live music. The event was sponsored by Mountain High Outfitters and Idle Wild Adventure Company.
The JSU Outdoor Adventure Club has a lot going for them. The group is sponsored by Mountain High Outfitters, who provides all members with a ten percent discount and as Quattrochi put it, “the occasional gear giveaway.
“In addition to this, all members receive free stickers, 15 percent off at Gadsden’s Coosa Outfitters, and access to a group of like-minded individuals,” said Quattrochi. “Don’t forget to visit our website at www.jsuoac.com, and find us on Facebook,” he adds.
This is just the beginning for the club. “
Oh man, we’re just now getting the club going!” said Quattrochi. The organization has a three-day backpacking trip to the Appalachians planned for next semester. They are also planning mountain-biking excursions, campus-wide hammock days, hikes, and the spring festival.
“There will definitely be some exciting events happening,” said Quattrochi.