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by Greta Yeoman

Wednesday evenings are now the prime time for Timaru rock climbers.

Ara Polytechnic has reopened its climbing wall to the public on Wednesday evenings during terms 2 and 3, from 7pm-9pm.

Ara Polytechnic Timaru outdoor education programme leader Sash Nukada said the 15 second-year diploma in outdoor management students were assessed on their teaching abilities, while the public got to use the wall.

“It’s a bit of a win-win situation.”

Up to four students were on hand every Wednesday in the TG Block Gym in Theodosia St, supervised by Ara staff, he said.

Mr Nukada said the polytechnic got “heaps” of requests from community groups and individuals wanting to use the wall during the week, but it was difficult because they would need people to supervise at all times.

The weekly winter sessions were a good opportunity for Timaru climbers to get some time on the indoor wall, he said.

There had been two sessions so far, on Wednesday last week and yesterday.

The students would teach and supervise climbers during four more weekly sessions this term – between May 30 and June 20 – followed by four in the following term, between July 18 and August 1.

Mr Nukada said all ages were welcome to come and climb, with different prices for a variety of ages, but all children had to be with an adult.