Junior Chris Clark and sophomore Danny Hupp have both qualified for the National Collegiate Climbing Series competition. In order to qualify, each had to place in 10 regional tournaments. Both are members of the Belmont Rock Outing Club (B-ROC).
Hupp, a songwriting major, has been with the club for two years. He is the group’s safety coordinator and oversees outdoor climbing. Clark, an audio engineering technology major, serves as the group’s vice president. The two are leaders in the club beyond their titles. “We try to act as the coaches, too,” said Hupp.
The competition will take place from April 19-20 in Melbourne, Fla. In order to fund the trip, the two students have created a donation page. If they are able to raise enough money, they both intend to participate in the competition.
There will be more than just competition. The students will have an opportunity to attend a climbing clinic on one of the days. Last year, nationally recognized climber Daniel Woods spoke.
This is the second consecutive year that members of B-ROC have received an invitation to compete. Last year, alumnus Andrew Bellisle placed in the top 50 at the national competition.