July 12, 2014 · 8:00 AM
A few weeks back, we did an indoor climbing gym day at the Kroc Center here in Salem. This is a follow-up to that first day but you need not have gone to that first event at the Kroc to join us for this upcoming day in Portland. This event is for all skill levels. For beginners, we'll teach you about the gear, safety, communication, knot-tying, climbing techniques, belaying, etc.
The Portland Rock Gym (PRG) is one of the largest indoor climbing gyms around. They have a great facility. This event will be excellent preparation for an outdoor climbing weekend we are planning for later this summer at Smith Rock outside Redmond, OR.
The day rate at PRG is $15. They have gear available for rent as well. At minimum, you will need a harness and preferably climbing shoes as well. If you do not have a climbing harness, you will at least need to rent one of those. You can also rent climbing shoes at the gym, and I highly recommend doing so. Climbing easy routes in athletic (court shoes) or hiking shoes is doable, but far from ideal. The speciality construction, shape and sticky rubber soles of the climbing shoes make climbing much easier and safer. I have chalk bags, nylon runners, carabiners and belay devices for us to use, so you'll not need any other gear aside from the harness and shoes.
The gym's hours of operation on Saturdays are 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. I'd like to leave Salem at 8:00 am so we can be up there close to 9:00. We can meet up at the Target at Keizer Station a few minutes before 8:00.
Hope to have a bunch of you join us.