> 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
> 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
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