Rock climbing is an incredibly fun activity. There are some great indoor rock climbing facilities in the area that we will take advantage of throughout the year. In the summer we will be planning some outdoor rock climbing, with perhaps day trips or an overnight trip or two to the fantastic gorges in West Virginia. For the real adventurous, we will be planning a multi-day ice climbing trip during the winter months.

Members new to climbing are encouraged to attend the meetups. Most events will be ideal for new climbers. If there is an event geared towards more serious climbers, it will be clear in the description.

The indoor rock gyms and many of the outdoor locations will have routes geared towards new or novice climbers with what is called top-roping. In top-roping an anchor is set up at the summit of a route prior to the start of a climb. Rope is run through the anchor; one end attaches to the climber's harness and the other to the belayer, who keeps the rope taut during the climb and prevents falls. This type of climbing is widely regarded as the safest type of climbing. It is also the first type of climbing most people do when learning to climb, as it allows the climber to climb freely and the belayer to learn how to belay more proficiently. The belayer needs to be "certified" at the rock climbing gyms by passing a belay test.

Some get pretty nervous before climbing for the first time. During climbing, many participants might experience their first fall, or at the very least, their first hang on the rope. With a belayer, falling while climbing results in the climber simply hanging in the safety harness. Falling on purpose during the first time climbing usually shows new climbers that they won't get hurt should they lose their grip and fall. It's at this point that the new climber improves dramatically, because they realize that they're safe, and they worry more about reaching the top than falling.  Just follow a few very simple safety rules and you'll have a blast.

Many people ask if you need to be in peak physical condition to rock climb. The answer is...it depends. Tough routes on outdoor granite can be physically and mentally demanding, testing a climber's strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. Indoor rock climbing has routes that aren't as physically demanding and most people can "summit" many of these easier walls. Having said that, it is more enjoyable for those in condition simply because you have the stamina to climb several times and get your money's worth.

Speaking of money's worth, rock climbing is not free. Indoor gyms charge a fee (a "day pass") that will normally run $10-$15. On top of that, you will need to rent a harness and climbing shoes if you don't own your own. That typically runs about $10. We will try to chose night to climb when there are deals (for example, Kendall Cliffs has free equipment rentals on Monday and Wednesday nights).  For some outdoor trips we may have a guide who would charge us a fixed fee that we would split.

For you more experienced climbers, obviously the rock gyms have many, many challenges. In addition we will be planning some outdoor climbing that will give you an opportunity for some multi-pitch climbs.  Also, you will have the opportunity to lead some sport climbs or even do some trad climbing (neither of which I can do). Also, for those who are semi-experienced, we may organize some group lead climbing lessons through one of the indoor gyms.

So, c'mon, give it a try!

Rock on (pun intended).

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 6:00 PM

    Wednesday @ Kendall Cliffs

    15 Climbers attending
  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:00 PM

    Wednesday @ Kendall Cliffs

    5 Climbers attending
  • Saturday, August 9, 2014 8:00 AM

    Climbing at New River Gorge (Guided)

    1 Climbers attending
 
Northeast Ohio Rock Climbing Group http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/d/2/a/c/global_113633932.jpeg
Founded Oct 18, 2010
20101018

Organizers:

Keith Boicey, Ben Guengerich, Erik, Jack
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Our Sponsors

  • Colorado Crack Gear

    Colorado Crack Gear donated items to our benefit for the Cleve. Foodbank

  • Wild Things

    Wild Things donated 2 incredible jackets to our Cleve. Foodbank benefit

  • C.A.M.P. USA

    CAMP donated 3 helmets and chalk bags for our Cleveland Foodbank Benefit

  • Evolv

    Evolv donated 2 tees, 2 approach shoes, & 2 chalk bags for our benefit.

  • www.newriverclimbing.com

    New River Mt Guides donated a guided trip for the Cleve Foodbank benefit

  • Kicking Horse Coffee

    Kicking Horse donated coffee to our benefit for the Cleveland Foodbank

  • Sender Films

    Sender Films sent a couple of film series for the Cleve Foodbank benefit

  • Rock Candy Holds

    Rock Candy Holds donated holds & clothing for the Cleve Foodbank benefit

  • Rock and Ice Magazine

    Rock & Ice offered 2 free subscriptions for the Cleve Foodbank benefit.

  • Grovewood Tavern

    Donated $50 gift certificate & great food for the Cleve Foodbank benefit

  • Jekyll's Kitchen

    Jekyll's donated great pizza for our benefit for the Cleveland Foodbank.

  • Blank Slate Climbing

    Donated a Blank Slate Training Board for the Cleveland Foodbank benefit

  • Kelty

    Kelty donated an amazing backpack for our benefit for the Cleve Foodbank

  • Mad Rock Climbing

    Mad Rock donated climbing & approach shoes for the 2013 Foodbank benefit

  • PMI Ropes

    PMI Rope donated TWO 70 meter dynamic ropes for our '13 Foodbank benefit

  • Winking Lizard

    Donated a $325 gift basket to our 2013 benefit for the Cleve. Foodbank

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    prAna offered several articles of clothing to our 2013 benefit.

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