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Re: [rockclimbing-62] New Organizer

From: Steve
Sent on: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 7:06 PM
What is a good gym to learn the basics at? I keep on trying to take a 
class via Arlington County and they cancel them for lack of interest, 
but I think there's a place in Alexandria as well. How long does it take 
from no experience for over 15 years (basically just bouldering, nothing 
with using ropes or belaying devices) until one is even ready to try 
outdoors? I guess I'm getting ahead of myself here a wee bit.

Noelle Manasco wrote:
> Jim,
>
> I just started climbing in Jan and have been doing it at a gym and am 
> hoping to transition to outdoor top roping.  Can you keep me on your 
> list for this, please?  I would love to be able to go out with you and 
> an group sometime soon.  I have enjoyed learning some basics in the 
> gym but am really wanting to move outside whenever possible. I would 
> like to keep you as a resource to set an outing up as the weather 
> continues to warm.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Noelle Manasco
> [address removed] <mailto:[address removed]>
>
>
>
>
> On Apr 6, 2009, at 1:35 PM, Jim wrote:
>
>> Hi All
>> I just wanted to send out this message to everyone letting them know 
>> that I am stepping down as the organizer for this meetup group. It 
>> has been a great two years, and I have met a lot of great people. 
>> Either Adam or Tim will probably become the next Organizer. I may 
>> stay on as an assistant organizer.
>>
>> The main reason I am leaving after two years, is time and direction 
>> of the group. When I started this group, it was more for outdoor top 
>> roping and to teach beginners proper techniques and get them 
>> interested in the sport. I never intended the group to be mostly 
>> indoor gym climbing. I don't care for gym climbing. I do it on 
>> occasion to stay in shape, but the different rules and teachings of 
>> the gyms in this area bother me at times. I have opted to teach 
>> people proper technique outdoors, but it gets difficult to unteach 
>> bad habits set in place by gyms.
>>
>> I also set up this meetup to be more social. When I moved down to VA, 
>> I didn't know anyone. This group was a great way to meet new friends 
>> and people to hang out with. Early on we had more parties, and did 
>> more things together than just climb. In recent months, it has been 
>> solely gym climbing and has lost the social atmosphere.
>>
>> I will still be running outdoor climbing events, and anchoring 
>> classes throughout the summer. I will either do them through this 
>> group, or one of my two adventure groups. With a new job, I am doing 
>> more traveling, so unfortunately I can not run events every weekend 
>> like I used to, but I will try to get in one or two a month. Also I 
>> run paintball, shooting, and golfing events for my other groups.
>>
>> Thanks to all that have climbed outdoors with me and to anyway that I 
>> had the privilege to teach. Anyone who wants my contact info can 
>> email me and I will be happy to give it out.
>>
>> Thanks for a great run
>>
>> Jim
>>
>>
>>
>>
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