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Studying and Living in Finland LUT Alumni Experience by Aisulu Harjula

Sporting Activities for Students

This topic is about sporting events organized by student clubs. 

I enjoy different outdoor activities and active leisure. Finland is rich for many fascinating places like national parks, lakes, forests and cliffs. Those places attract people with their beauty and silence.

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One weekend we did a two-day biking trip which included walking, staying overnight in a wooden cottage and taking a wooden sauna, visiting countryside and doing barbecue and grilling

At LUT there is a hiking club Ulvova Susi (Howling Wolf) which members are students who maintain the club’s activities. With a membership per semester of 5 euro everybody who joins the club enjoys such seasonal activities as cross-country skiing for beginners and advanced skiers, over-night skiing trips, ice-fishing on the Saimaa lake, summer canoeing, hiking and climbing abroad (this year in Turkey), and long-distance biking trips.

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The biking trip took about 80 km on highway and country roads

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The walking part of the biking trip was through a swamp

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and we had small pick-nicks in a forest

There is also a space at the Student Union building where you can try indoor climbing activities such as bouldering (climbing without ropes and harnesses), dry-tooling techniques (mixed ice climbing) and slacklining (balanced walking on a tensioned webbing). This is for free for all club’s members and you have an access to the bouldering room 24/7. Feel free to come whenever you would like to boulder.

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Bouldering club in the city

Apart of the university bouldering space there is a bouldering club in the city. I go there once per month. I have got to know about this amazing type of climbing while living in Finland. Every time I climb walls without any rope I feel an excitement but not fear. When I was a child I used to climb actively with friends at home. There were high climbing bars in our playground but we also climbed to swing tops, garage roofs, and top of high trees.

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About The Author

Researcher at LUT, Master of Economics, LUT & GSOM Saint Petersburg State University. Focus on Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability. Background in natural sciences.

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