WEATHER DEPENDENT - it must be dry to be fun and above six degrees to be comfortable : ) Sign up if you are interested and we will watch the weather.
Two members of this group, Clayton and Rebecca, spent some time cleaning and preparing the bluffs at a local outdoor climbing spot this past summer and were regularly going back on non-rainy weekends until the cold and wet season arrived. We've acclimatized to the cool by now so if this is a nice weekend we will get another day on the rocks. In addition to the intermediate routes (nothing here is long or difficult) we've prepared a couple beginner routes so you can come and learn even if you've never climbed before. Clayton has taught climbing before and Rebecca is comfortable helping a beginner as well. We've had a couple first-timers out with us and they did well and will come back.
WHAT TO BRING
We each have a bit of extra gear so can get someone climbing with us who doesn't have any gear of their own. A helmet and harness is really all you need and we have extras (a good bicycle helmet will work). Leather gloves are an option some people like. Although climbing shoes are great on the tougher routes, tight fitting (important) rubber soled shoes work well and hiking boots can also work. Wear clothes you can stretch in without loose bits to snag on rocks or gear and bring a zip up shell or fleece to wear while you are watching or belaying. Bring water and a snack as you will burn some calories.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A safe and fun exercise as challenging as you want to make it with a supportive and encouraging group. Rock climbing is interesting in that it is a very personal activity with distinctly personal challenges and accomplishments but it is done in a team setting and with full reliance on supporting team members.
If other people are interested in coming please let us know and we can arrange a meeting point. The current plan is to meetup at 11:45am at Clayton's place near Douglas College. The bluffs are north of Minnekhada Park in Coquitlam a quick ten minute hike up from the base of the Munro Lake / Dennet Lake trail.
AND THE FINE PRINT
(too many event organizers have told me I should be adding this so I finally did, this doesn't change my attitude that "we are friends doing something together")
Release of Liability / Waiver
By signing up to participate in this event you acknowledge that participation carries with it inherent risks including, but not limited to, the risk of injury and you freely accept and fully assume all such risk(s). It is the responsibility of each participant to familiarize themselves with the risks of the event, to weigh those risks against the advantages, and to decide whether or not to participate. The volunteer group and event organizers, and members cannot and will not assume liability in respect of any of these risks, dangers, hazards and liabilities. Participants further acknowledge that it is their responsibility to ensure that they have appropriate medical, extended health, dental and accident insurance coverage, as well as protection for personal possessions. It is the participants individual responsibility to verify that they are in good health and are physically capable of carrying out the activity they choose to participate in. Therefore, in consideration of being allowed to participate, individuals release the group organizers, and its event organizers, and members from all liability in respect of any personal injury suffered and any damage or loss of personal property, which may arise out of participation in this event/activity.
Organizers have experience, interests and organizational ability and are willing to share that with others but are not in any way claiming to be certified or experts or instructors or professionals.
Use of the gear of other participants (including ropes, slings, hardware, helmets, harnesses, etc) is done at your own risk. Participants are expected to only have and use safe equipment. Gear loaned to others is only done to help friends try something new without having to spend money on expensive ropes and other gear.
1. All participants in our activities are entirely responsible for their own safety. Helmets must be worn.
2. All event organizers are volunteers and are not responsible for any accidents or injuries which may occur.
3. The organizers reserve the right to decline members if they show up to the meeting spot unannounced. Please rsvp and then watch for changes to the event (date, time, etc.)
4. As a group, all participants must keep safety of themselves and other participants a priority.
5. All participants must be suitably prepared to participate in the activities. An organizer may choose to not allow a participant to participate if they feel the participant is unable to do so safely and with respect for others in the group.
6. Guests are welcome so long as they are signed up in advance and intend to participate and take responsibility the same as any group member participant.
7. No dogs or young children and no persons under the age of 18 unless they are specified otherwise by the organizers.
8. Every participant must at all times conduct themselves in such a way as not to detract from the enjoyment of other participants.
Please DO NOT sign up if
1. You are not willing to stay with the group and take directions from the organizer.
2. You prefer not to be on camera. Some participants may take photos and/or videos during the event and post them on the Meetup site and/or other sites like YouTube for public display.