0. These stairwells echo, so it's okay to talk but not okay to yell. There are students studying, acting, working. Please be considerate. When you do this please go up and take the ELEVATORS down. Do not run down the stairs, liability and noise make this bad. If you want to walk down the stairs, that is okay. We want to keep this event going on and safe for everyone. So please be considerate!
1. Doing the stair climb on MONDAY's now! My schedule cannot fit any other day in. Please post an event for other days if this is not convenient for you.
2. A BIG FAVOR: This is practice for my Charity Stair Climb on Mar 22nd for the American Lung Association. It's One Oxford Center which equals 1.33 Cathedrals, so consider joining my stair climb team. Or if you don't feel like doing that, then donate a couple dollars, its for a good cause! Here is the link: http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALAMA_Mid-Atlantic?px=1264531&pg=personal&fr_id=8650 TO JOIN MY TEAM click "Join Frank's Team" on right hand side of page.
I'm Frank, I don't post hikes as much as I used too. So to stay in shape for the Winter I climb the Cathedral of Learning Steps for an hour and then go to Lulu's Noodles on 400 S Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. (this is my excuse to go to Lulu's it's that good ;-) ). There are no calories after going stair climbing.
btw my contact info is[masked] txt me (but if I'm driving(see below) there I won't txt ya back until I'm at the Cathedral).
What we are doing is meet at 6:50 pm on 1st floor by Cathedral of Learning Elevators. Then at 7pm just keep on climbing the stairs till you get to the Top and then take elevator back down and keep on climbing until it hits 8pm. It's 36 floors and a good workout.
FYI I live 35 miles away so sometimes I get caught in traffic so start without me if I'm not there by 7pm.
After the Stair Climb at 8pm, walk to Lulu's we'll get a table of hot n sweaty stair climbers who have earned their hunger. Not everyone who climbs eats but we usually end up with at least 10 people eating. I recommend the PHO and Tom Yum Soups personally, but Lulus's has amazing asian food, the service is okay but the food is amazing! Lulu's Noodles on 400 S Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
In regards to difficulty, the Cathedral Stairs are not hard you are fighting gravity but you do it at your own pace and YOU decide how much you do. I usually start off doing two cathedrals in a hour and by the end in march am up to four in a hour (and am a sweaty mess). BTW besides LULU's the other reason I do this is I have a Charity Stair Climb Team, we climb the One Oxford Center Building at the End of March with Several Fire Companies and local celebrities Andrew Stocky of Channel 4 News and Sean McDowell from WDVE. But that's another post when I'll try to recruit people for the Pittsburgh Fight for Air Stair Climb 2014 (google it! It's FUN!).
Two important things: Bring a water bottle or camelback it gets hot climbing those stairs and the second, you can leave your coat up on the desk of 36 floor but carry your own valuables on YOU!
PARKING: Good luck, it's tough to find a space, although the good news is that it is free after 6pm. I recommend trying north oakland and then walking to the Cathedral.