Day Trip to Peak Experiences, Midlothian, VA

Peak Experiences is an indoor climbing gym in the vicinity of Richmond, VA. Unlike our local Triangle gyms, Peak Experiences has walls of up to 50 feet in height! With both top-roping and lead routes available (as well as bouldering) it offers a change of pace and longer pitches without the need to get out in the cold! We've made trips there before but it's been well over a year since the last one. Here's a link to their web site:

http://peakexperiences.com/climbing-center/links.htm

Under good conditions the drive can take less than three hours not counting any stops along the way. Here's a Google Maps link for directions from the Vertical Edge:

http://tinyurl.com/VEtoPeakExperiences We'll meet at the Vertical Edge at 7:45am to consolidate for car-pooling and a departure by 8am. Assuming no major delays and allowing for a quick breakfast stop we should arrive between 11-11:30am (the gym opens at 10am.) I suggest we plan on a typical day-climbing-trip meal profile: Fast food biscuit breakfast on the road, snacks to carry us through the afternoon while we climb in the gym, and a nice sit-down meal to top it all off before we get back on the road to head home. Let's plan on climbing until about 5pm, dinner about 5:30-7pm, and we should be back to the VE by 11pm.

Presumably none of us are belay certified at Peak Experiences, so we'll need to get tested before we can climb. Note that we will not be giving any belay training at this event. If you've not climbed before, please make arrangements to pair up with an experienced climber who is attending or wait to join us at one of our regular events here in the Triangle. Once I have a head count I'll alert the gym in advance and also ask if we can get a group discount. Those who are willing to drive and take riders, please indicate so in your RSVP.

Don't forget to bring snacks - and your gear! :)

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  • David

    Had a great time and especially enjoyed leading in this gym where clip spacing is more like outdoor routes.

    January 10, 2011

  • David

    Just spoke to Peak Experiences and confirmed that Saturday will be business-as-usual. With five or more in our group we'll get in for $11. They know we'll all want to get belay tested, and they're expecting us to arrive shortly after 11am.

    January 7, 2011

  • Rebekah S

    Fredrick- Here's a link for you! You && your hardcore friends can now do some real climbing...ENJOY

    http://www.meetup.com/create/

    January 7, 2011

  • Sara

    Oooh... we have a charter? I guess I should have had my lawyer look at that before I joined the group...

    January 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meetup drama! EPIC!

    January 7, 2011

  • Frederick

    Thanks for the feedback David. But the fact is that this trip isn't part of the group's charter: "We're here to introduce people to the sport of rock climbing. We'll have regular indoor climbs at gyms in the area and some outdoor climbs...." I don't think an out-of-state gym qualifies as 'in the area'. That coupled with the lack of outdoor events made me comment on this one. Thanks again!

    January 6, 2011

  • David

    Frederick - I see you've been a member since June but haven't attended any events. I don't know you, but your comments indicate that you enjoy climbing outdoors, yet aren't a fan of the gym. We won't tell you that climbing outdoors is a waste of time. But if you seek seconds and leaders to climb with then I can tell you that you'll not find the many among us who climb outdoors regularly by posting discouraging comments. You'll need to come to our events and get to know us in person.

    January 6, 2011

  • Frederick

    That's just sad. Then again, I see you have pictures from Pilot, so I guess you're making a joke. After all a climber who complains about having to carry ropes is not.

    As far as going to pilot- my hardcore friends give me grief for going to the "outdoor climbing gym"- after all, how many places do you go climbing that you hike down the trail? And if you're scared about climbing 90 feet, I doubt there's much difference in survival rates between 50 feet and 90 feet. Trust your gear.

    January 5, 2011

  • Gene

    Yeah I can pack light no ropes to carry.

    January 5, 2011

  • Stefan

    You got me there - never been to Pilot. It kinda scares me to be honest - I hear some of the climbs there are as high as 90ft. Just think of how tall up that is - not sure I can find the nerve, but maybe some day. Anyway, enjoy!

    January 4, 2011

  • Frederick

    Enjoy 6 hours in the car to drive to a climbing gym. And for 20 more feet of rope? Obviously you've never been to Pilot. It is a winter climbing spot- South facing. Saturday is going to be clear, so it should be nice.

    January 4, 2011

  • Stefan

    Enjoy Pilot. Forecast highs this weekend about 36 :-)

    January 4, 2011

  • David

    Then you should definitely be climbing outside this weekend! Peak Experiences is a good option for those who haven't climbed outdoors yet and perhaps aren't sure whether they are ready/wanting to. One of the great things about climbing in these here parts is that there are plenty of options - both indoors and out - to suit most anyone. Climb on!

    2 · January 3, 2011

  • Frederick

    I just don't see driving three hours to go to a gym when there is fantastic outdoor climbing that is TR-friendly at Pilot Mountain in 2 hours. Oh, and it is over 50-feet.

    January 3, 2011

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