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News and Events from TCRC Meetup 1/30/13

From: sean
Sent on: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:25 AM

News and Events from TCRC Meetup 1/30/13
News and Events from TCRC Meetup
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Visit our Event Calendar to find your adventure or suggest one of your own. 

Every last Thursday of the month, Meetup hosts open hours from 6:30 - 9:30 at the MN Climbing Co-op.  Pay $10 entry fee and get a free day pass to use at a later time (offer only valid during monthly Meetup Intro to the MNCC nights).

Read aboutt our newest sponsorship deal with VE in Minneapolis and St Paul here!

Read about crags in MN and all over the world on Mountain Project here.

Interested in hosting your own event?  Become an event organizer by emailing Sean.

The second edition Minnesota and Wisconsin Rock Climbing Guidebook is available for pre-order now!  Buy it from the author's website to get a discount and put more of the money directly into his pocket!  Order here.

News and Events - 1/30/13

The return of News and Events, a look at what is happening with TCRC Meetup and beyond.

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NSS Comp in Duluth

There are at least seven TCRC climbers heading out of the cities Friday to compete at the NSS comp in Duluth on Saturday.  Registration was limited to 100.  Not sure if they filled it up, there may still be time.  We'll update you on how we do.  Comps are about fun and community more than cutthroat competition.  There are two comps coming up in the Twin Cities soon, read about them here.

Midwest Mountaineering and REI

Meetup climber, Carolyn Hansen, leads the Climbing Diva events at Midwest Mountaineering.  She will be adding some Women only events to our calendar soon, including Bouldering Divas coming up in February.  See the MWM calendar here.  If you have never climbed before, perhaps the REI classes are a good fit for you.  Check out this upcoming clinic at their Bloomington store.


This is an idea I've been kicking around for a while, but haven't set into motion.  Email me if you would be interested in helping to make it a reality.  Mentor Sessions!  The idea is to get a handful of experienced climbers at VEM on a quiet afternoon or night (think weekend) and have each one take 2-3 newer climbers in a group to focus on technique within one discipline (top rope, lead, bouldering).  We could do this once a month or every other month, and, of course, go out for food and drink after.  If you are someone that could be a Mentor in this program, let me know.  If you are a newbie and like this idea, be patient.  I have a feeling it will take a while to come to fruition.  Once I get some feedback from Mentor volunteers, we'll announce this on the calendar.

Group Trips to North Shore and Blue Mounds

Once again, Matt Holland is organizing some group trips for Meetup climbers!  In May, TCRC Meetup will be going to Blue Mounds State Park in SW Minnesota for a weekend of camping and climbing.  In June, TCRC Meetup will be at the North Shore with options to climb Shovel Point, Palisade Head, Carlton Peak, and more.  Check out the links in the choss pile below or visit the Meetup calendar for details.  Also, watch for possible trips to Devils Lake, WI and Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR coming up in 2013.


I have a handful of TCRC Meetup t-shirts for sale for $17.  At least one of each size from S-XL are onhand.  Unisex sizing.  Email me if interested.

Event Hosts

Is there a night of the week that you always climb at the gym?  Want to meet new climbers?  Contact me to become an event host.  Event hosts can schedule, modify, and monitor events on the Meetup calendar on a one time or ongoing basis.  Don't forget, anyone can suggest a Meetup right from the home page of our site.

TCRC Meetup Climber Benefit Card!

Read about the great deal with VE that we have worked out for eligible TCRC Meetup Climbers here.  Climbers who purchase a TCRC Meetup Member Benefit Card receive $3 off admission at Minneapolis and St Paul VE every Thursday night or if you have an annual VE membership, receive an exra 5% off of gear purchases! The link says $5 per card, the cost is now only $3.  If you already purchased one at the $5 rate, you will receive a new one without expiration date before your card expires.

Choss Pile 

  • Jan 31: Intro to the MNCC; link
  • Feb 9: Ice Climbing at Sandstone Ice Park; link
  • Feb 14: VDay for parents at VES; link
  • Feb 16: Passion for Flashin'; link
  • ​Feb 28: Reel Rocks in Duluth; link
  • May 17-19: Group trip to Blue Mounds; link
  • June 28-30: Group trip to North Shore; link
  • Check the calendar for ongoing Monday and Thursday nights at VE.
  • Interested in hosting your own events?  Email Sean at [address removed]

Climb on,

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Meetup organizer, Sean, writes in a blog from time to time.  
C'mon, who doesn't have a climbing blog?!?
Beyond the rambling thoughts, there is also a useful Links page and Calendar of things going on in the community.

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