MARQUETTE — A cup of coffee provides many people with the energy they need to start their morning, but the Outdoor Recreation Center at Northern Michigan University is pairing that caffeine with a different kind of buzz – kinetic energy.

Today, the ORC hosted the first ever “Coffee and Climb” event. From 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., NMU students and the public were given the opportunity to climb the rock wall, drink coffee and munch on donuts or trail mix.

Participants did not have to be belay certified or experienced rock climbers to climb, but ORC staff was on hand to make the event safe and enjoyable.

“The green shirts (ORC staff) will belay for you if you’re not belay certified, so it’s very accessible to everyone,” said ORC Employee Courtney Rajt. “You just feel really strong after doing it. It’s just a lot of fun.”

Anyone interested in becoming belay certified or want to see more rock climbing events should head to the ORC’s website or Facebook page. Events like “Coffee and Climb” are free for those with a PEIF membership and $10.00 for those without.