I set up the Mt Diablo climb a few hours ago and it's already full. I didn't quite expect this much enthusiasm, but it's great. I'll be happy to open more spots, but I need to know that there's going to be both enough gear and enough experienced people to be able to do so.
So if you've either already RSVP'd yes, or are interested, I need the following information if applicable.
- What is your RSVP status? - Do you have rope(s) that you can bring? - Do you have experience setting up top-rope anchors? Almost all of the climbs here are bolted so it's pretty much just running extensions, but having more people able to set natural anchors would be great.
For everyone else that has RSVP'd yes, or those that are thinking about it: - I forgot to mention that you need your own belay device, in case you aren't aware of this :). You can pick up an ATC for about $25 from REI or most climbing gyms. A grigri is preferable, especially for newer climbers, but they run around $85. If you do not already own an ATC and are going to buy one, I'd strongly suggest getting either the "Black Diamond ATC Guide" or the "Pretzl Reverso" as having one or the other is basically a requirement for doing outdoor multi-pitch climbs and you won't have to buy a 2nd device later if you plan on doing more outdoor climbing (and they're only about $5 more expensive).
...well, I couldn't just let this slip into the Abyss. We have an active group of nearly 900 people, so let's keep going! :)
I'll try my best to figure out how to operate this thing. Meanwhile, do shoot me a note if you want to schedule a meetup and/or become an assistant organizer - any help is much appreciated!
We now climb in multiple locations, but primarily at three gyms, one in the South Bay - please contact Amarachi, one in the East Bay - please contact Nicole, & one in San Francisco - contact Brian or myself.
People are joining at a rapid pace, so expect more locations to pop up in the future. If you want to organize a climb, please feel free to contact me, Brian, or Amarachi. That way you can become an organizer and start leading your own climbs!
Remember, Mission Cliffs offers a great class for new climbers, so please don't feel shy about your experience.