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New Meetup: Sportrock Sterling on Sunday, June 20

From: Paul
Sent on: Thursday, June 17, 2010 7:42 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The VA/MD/DC Rock Climbers Meetup Group!

What: Sportrock Sterling

When: Sunday, June 20,[masked]:00 PM

Sportrock Sterling
45935 Maries Rd
Sterling, VA 20166

I'll probably get there shortly after the gym opens (noon) and I'll be there until 3pm (probably later). Climb as long as you want or until the gym closes (8pm) if you are certified.

The normal cost is $18 for a day pass to use the gym. If you tell the staff you are with the meetup group they usually discount the day pass price to $14 (If this doesn't work come get me and I will make sure you get the guest discount). It's $6.50 to rent climbing shoes and a harness, or you can bring your own gear if you have it. If you're renting shoes, I recommend you bring your own socks.

Check out Sportrock Sterling for more details and driving locations. Note Sportrock is tucked in the back of the office/warehouse complex. When you get on Maries rd there is a sign for Allsport Grand Prix go-kart racing. Turn in there and drive to the last building in the back which is Sportrock. If you have never climbed before, I can show you the basics of climbing.

What to bring: This is *indoor* climbing, so dress for the gym not the mountains. If you wear shorts, you'll probably 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). I recommend you also bring a water bottle, but they do have a water fountain and sell drinks. Finally, there are some lockers (though there often all in use) that you can use so you may want to bring a lock.

What to expect: After you've paid, signed the release form, and been given your rental gear, put anything you don't want to carry up the wall with you (except a drink bottle) in a locker/cubby/car and then find me. If you've never climbed before, I'll show you how to put on your harness and then I'll show you how to climb. We'll be doing "top rope" climbing, which means that the rope runs from your harness, to the top of the climbing wall (that's why it's called TOP rope climbing) and then to the belayer. Your belayer will tie you in and then tie him/herself in, and then you're climbing. The climb itself will only take a few minutes. After a few climbs you'll probably be exhausted and you'll just want to watch the other climbers with a new appreciation for what they're doing.

One final note: If this is your first time climbing or you haven't climbed in a long while, your forearms will be really sore the next day. Holding onto the wall uses muscles that you don't normally exercise. Once you've been to the gym a few times, those muscles will build up and you won't be sore the next day.

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