OPC plans January ice fishing, rock climbing courses

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Bemidji State University’s Outdoor Program Center will offer free clinics on ice fishing and introductory rock climbing during the month of January. The ice fishing clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, while the rock climbing course is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 20.

• Ice fishing clinic
The OPC will hold a free introduction to ice fishing, where participants will learn essential strategies from the center’s master anglers. The clinic will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the OPC Boathouse, located in Bemidji’s Diamond Point Park.

Participants are encouraged to dress in appropriate outdoor attire.

• Introductory rock climbing clinic
Tailored to beginners, the rock climbing class offers instruction about knots, climbing equipment and basic climbing techniques. The class will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the rock climbing wall in the Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center on the BSU campus and is open to the public.

The OPC will provide harnesses and climbing shoes. There is no recreation center admission charge for this class.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to call the OPC to confirm the start times for the events in advance.

For more information about the OPC, call (218) 755-2999 or visit its web site at http://www.bemidjistate.edu/students/opc.

Jan. 14
– 3-5 p.m. – Bemidji State University Outdoor Programming Center ice fishing clinic. Registration: free. Location: OPC Boathouse, Diamond Point Park, Bemidji; call to confirm time. Information: (218) 755-2999.

Jan. 21 – 6-9 p.m. – Bemidji State University Outdoor Programming Center introduction to rock climbing. Registration: free. Location: climbing wall, Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center, BSU campus; call to confirm time. Information: (218) 755-2999.