Open Climb Thursdays - VEM

Thursday night open climbing at Vertical Endeavors - Minneapolis

Read about available discount for eligible climbers on Thursday nights at VE here!

Welcome climbers,

Open climbing night is a loose gathering of climbers from the Meetup community.  Starting around 7pm, climbers start showing up at the gym and forming into groups of 2-3 to share belays.  As the crowd grows and the evening wears on, climbers might change partners or move to a different style of climbing.  VEM offers auto-belays, top rope, lead climbing, and bouldering.

If you are new to the Meetup group or to this night, take a look at some of the people that RSVP'd yes.  If there is an Event Host there, take a look at their picture or even email them through their profile and try to make a plan on how to recognize each other ("I'll be wearing a purple shirt and have orange hair" or something of that nature).  The Event Host will introduce you to some of the other Meetup climbers and you can work your way into a belay group.  **See bottom of page for new meeting practice**

Also, some of our climbers have the Meetup logo laminated and hanging from their harness.   Feel free to approach any one of them and introduce yourself.

On Thursday nights in Minneapolis, VE offers the Sport Lead Lesson.  If you are interested in learning to lead climb, take a look here for class details.

On most Meetup Open Climb nights, climbers start chatting towards the end of the night about where they might go after climbing for food and drinks.  In St Paul, we have been visiting Pizza Luce on a regular basis for almost 2 years.  For the past few weeks, climbers have been going to the Pizza Luce on 32nd and Lyndale.  Will that become the spot?

Use the message board below to connect with other Thursday night climbers about carpooling, meeting at the gym, post-climb venues, etc.

Climb on!

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UPDATE: NEW MEETING SUGGESTION

At 8 pm on Mondays and Thursdays, the event host will take a 10 minute break from climbing and go to a designated spot in the gym.  From 8:00 - 8:10pm, the event host will wait for new members to rally in that spot, introductions will be made and then climbing will resume.

In St Paul, I suggest the meeting spot be in front of the vending machines across from the front desk.  In Minneapolis, I suggest it be by the leather chairs at the base of the stairs to the mezzanine.

If no one has RSVP'd yes for this event, the event host will not plan to break for introductions.  If you are taking a class, look for Meetup tags on harnesses after your class or RSVP for the next gym night and be ready to go!

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  • Jeff S.

    Nice. Good people tonight. Had a great time climbing with Thomas, Chadd, Molly and Beth Ann.

    January 24, 2013

    • Molly

      Agreed! It was nice to meet some new climbing folk!

      January 25, 2013

  • Chadd

    Red scuba hat

    January 23, 2013

    • sean

      Life Aquatic style?

      January 23, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    I'll be there and I'll take be taking it easy as well. Still trying to shed the extra ballast.

    January 23, 2013

  • Molly

    Sounds like a good plan to me, Sean. I'll plan to meet folks at the chairs by the lobby. I wear a purple harness with yellow climbing shoes. Take it easy on me tomorrow, okay? :)

    1 · January 23, 2013

  • sean

    No host signed up. Meet each other at leather chairs between 7-7:15 or make other plans on the message board here.

    January 23, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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