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Photo captions: 1) Tim Lohrenz teaches bike repair to RMC students April 24.
2) In April 25 faculty-staff-student softball action, pitcher Steve Germic, interim academic vice president, lets fly as Michaela Kirby (’16) awaits the pitch and Beth Dopp, library associate, catches.
Outdoor recreation program offers constant opportunities, both extreme and relaxed
BILLINGS, April 22, 2014 – As Director of Adventure Recreation & Intramurals at RMC, Tim Lohrenz schedules rock and ice climbing, skiing and canyoneering, and river rafting and backpacking trips through the academic year. On April 24 and 25, he offered more sedate activities for students nearing final exams.
A bike gearhead, Lohrenz brought panniers of tools and taught bicycle repair Thursday for three hours, mentoring students’ repairs of eight bikes they brought by. “It’s valuable to know how to fix a flat tire and do basic bike maintenance,” he said.
At the annual faculty/staff vs. student softball game on Friday, “We had international students playing for their first time and getting on base!” Lohrenz said. The weather called for “snow and rain, but it turned out a beautiful day.” The 40-odd players were cooperative and supportive, Lohrenz noted – teams were cheering each other on when either one made a great hit.
Lohrenz’s last activity of the academic year is one of the least physically demanding: his 8th annual van to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, showing in Billings Friday, May 2, inspires students for ardent, more extreme outdoor recreation come autumn.