Weekly THURSDAY At Sportrock Sterling

If you've never climbed before, YES, it's OK to join us. (That's the #1 question I get asked, so I thought I'd get it out of the way first.)

Cost: If you're not a Sportrock member the cost for a day pass is $18. You will also need to rent climbing shoes and a harness ($10 for both) if you don't have your own gear.

For those who are new to climbing: SportRock's "Basic Skills" class is the best way to learn the basics of climbing, namely how to "belay" another climber. Belaying refers to the technique(s) used to exert friction on the climbing rope so the climber doesn't fall very far. SportRock charges $25 for the class which includes gear rental and an all-day gym pass. The class starts at 7pm and usually takes 2 hours. Sign up on the SportRock website. Then, after your class is over, you can climb with us if you're not too tired. If you don't know how to belay and don't take the class, you are still welcome to come climb with us. We're happy to belay you at your first one or two events.

For experienced climbers: If you know how to belay but haven't been belay checked at a Sportrock gym, ask one of the staff members to test you when you first arrive. There's no charge for taking the belay test. If you pass, they'll give you a pink laminated belay card to wear on your harness so everyone knows you're OK to belay. If you fail, you can try again the next time you visit the gym.

About the group: The Meetup group consists of members of all skill levels and abilities. We are a friendly bunch of enthusiastic climbers who enjoy the physical and social aspects of climbing. When you are a part of the group you will always have a climbing partner as well as a fellow climber who might just know the special technique or trick to help you get past that difficult climbing problem.

What to bring: This is *indoor* climbing, so dress for the gym, not the mountains. If you wear shorts, you may want them at least mid-thigh in length so the harness straps won't be on your bare skin (though it isn't really a problem if you wear short shorts). There are locker rooms to change in and cubbys to store your stuff. I recommend you also bring a water bottle, but the gym does have a water fountain and they sell drinks.

One final note: Your forearms will be really sore the next day since holding onto the wall uses muscles that you don't normally exercise. Don't worry: once you've been to the gym a few times, those muscles will get used to it and soon you won't even notice.

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  • Sandra

    Hopefully I can catch up next week!!

    April 25, 2013

  • Tom

    Hey Guys, I will be there from 6-7 (7:00-8:00 in yoga) and ~8:00-11:00 after the yoga. I will let the front desk know I am part of the meetup when I get there around 6. You should be able to find me easy enough. Just ask the front desk for Tom from the meetup, I will be wearing a black sleeveless shirt with parts of my black tribal tattoos showing (from the pic here, except I have short hair atm). I will either be climbing or in the back room utilizing the mats/bars/bag. Come say hi when you get in and we can introduce ourselves and find everyone climbing partners.

    During the Yoga class as long as at least 1 person shows up before 7, I will redirect the gym staff to someone else in the group.

    April 25, 2013

  • Mike

    My first time doing the meetup group here. I'll be wearing khakis and a black and white north face shirt so come say hey if you see someone fitting that description

    April 25, 2013

  • Adam M.

    Sorry folks, but I've got a miserable cold and I'm not even up to just meeting everyone there at 7:30. Please use the comments f function to deceive what you'll be wearing and/or tell the front desk folks to send anyone asking for the Meetup group your way. But I won't be there tonight.

    April 25, 2013

  • Tim F.

    Injured my shoulder at dragon boat camp, don't know if I'll come yet.

    April 22, 2013

    • Tim F.

      Yeah, I'm going to give it a few more days. Be there next week.

      April 25, 2013

  • Sara

    April 24, 2013

  • Mike

    Just started back climbing a couple weeks ago so definitly ready for more time on the wall

    April 23, 2013

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