Horns Recreation October Newsletter

What's Happening

  • October 7 - Pronghorns Women's Rugby vs. University of Calgary @ 7 pm
  • October 14 - Pronghorns Men's Soccer Game vs. University of Calgary @ 5:00 pm
  • October 15 - Pronghorns Women's Soccer Game vs. University of Manitoba @ 12:00 pm
  • October 15 - 2022 Fall Convocation
  • October 16 - Pronghorns Women's Soccer Game vs. University of Winnipeg @ 12:00pm
  • October 16 - Pronghorns Men's Soccer Game vs. Mount Royal University @ 2:15 pm
  • October 21 - 23 - LASC Fall Challenge Swim Meet
  • October 21 - Pronghorns Women's Basketball Exhibition Game vs. UBCO @ 6:00pm
  • October 22 - Pronghorns Women's Basketball Exhibition Game vs. UBCO @ 2:00pm
  • October 22 - Pronghorns Men's Soccer Game vs. University of Saskatchewan @ 2:15 pm
  • October 29 - University Open House


Benefits of Rock Climbing

  • Improves flexibility and balance
  • Helps with problem solving
  • Increases strength and grip
  • Provides a sense of community
  • Allows you to explore
  • Helps develop concentration and determination skills
  • Increases cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Enhances trust
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Enhance learning and performance 
  • Can help you overcome challenges

Climbing Safety

  • Make sure you fully understand the proper set-up of equipment
  • Know how to properly fall
  • Don't forget to do all your safety checks!
  • Know the climbing lingo between Climber and Belayer
  • Ensuring you have all the proper equipment for a safe climb
  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Always wear a helmet outdoors
  • Practice correct technique

What About Bouldering?

Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials. Leaving behind ropes and harnesses and just using climbing shoes and a bag of chalk over safety mats, your challenge is to climb short but tricky bouldering "problems" (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, technique, strength, and your brain.

Bouldering is the easiest form of climbing to get into because it requires the least amount of equipment- just shoes, chalk, and safety mats!

NEED SOMETHING TO DO THIS MONTH? It's LARCH season!  Why not check out one of these beautiful larch hikes!?

  1. Rowe Lakes - located in Waterton, the trailhead is off the Akamina Parkway. 

  2. South Fork Lakes - head out to Castle Wildland and check out this steep but beautiful hike (12.2km, 697m elevation) to the Southfork Lakes, surrounded by larches! 

  3. Arethusa Cirque Route - take a little trip to Kananaskis to check out this popular, easy loop, that has a little bit of everything! 

What is a larch you ask?  A larch is a deciduous tree that turns a magnificent golden yellow color in the early fall prior to losing their needles for the winter.  If you want to catch these dimorphic trees in the midst of their transformation, don't delay...their season is a short one! 

Testimonials from the Herd

Use this facility all the time. Pool and Fitness Centre are tough to beat. Awesome indoor track for walking, massage at Rebound...summer sports camps for kids!! Laurie R.

Meet our Staff

Amanda Woodtke

Customer Service Staff/Senior Personal Trainer

What is one of your favorite quotes? 

"Every mountain top is within your reach if you just keep climbing!" - Barry Finlay

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

"Whatever it Takes" by Imagine Dragons

"Unstoppable" by Sia

"Leave Her Wild" by Tyler Rich

What is your favorite form of exercise?

"Isometrics and being active outdoors...whether it's hiking, biking, climbing, snowboarding/skiing, paddleboarding etc.

KiAnna Sullivan

Customer Service Staff

What is one of your favourite quotes? 

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." -Philip K. Dick

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? 

"Hermione Granger, 100%!!"

If you could know the answer to any question, besides "What is the meaning of life?", what would it be? 

"How much coffee will it take to get me through my Master's degree?! "

Emilia Hesterman

Lifeguard/Assistant Coach Pronghorns Swim Team

If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavor, what would it be?

"A Cat!" 

What is your favourite form of exercise?

"Weightlifting, swimming, or climbing (all my favourite)"

How would you react if you were transformed into a fish?

"I would be very excited, breathing underwater would be nice. "

Erik Vanden Dungen

Social Media Manager (PT)/ Fitness Centre Attendant

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be?

"The ability to fall asleep wherever and whenever I want!"

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

"I would be Carl Wheezer. I feel like it would be really fun to be best friends with Jimmy!"

What is your favourite form of exercise?

"Weight training"