501-23rd St W, Saskatoon, SK
Time to do some climbing! I will be at Grip It at 7pm. I will be in the climbing towers hanging around or climbing. I'll be the man with the black and green fuzzy monster chalk bag on my back. You'll know it when you see it. Come up and introduce yourself and I'll show you the ropes. If you can't make it for 7 that is quite alright. We will climb until closing at 10pm or until everyone is tired. Come and go as you please. Possibility for going for drinks after if anyone is interested. For information about Grip It climbing, fees and rentals, visit Grip It's website http://www.gripitclimbing.com
What should I expect?
There will be several options for climbing including top rope, auto belays, bouldering and lead climbing for the experienced. As a group forms hopefully we can pair up and do some climbing. The grades at Grip It range from easy (5.6) to super hard (5.13a).
Grip It has a large parking lot behind the building. For the cyclists out there, they do have a few bike racks by the front door. Please take your valuables out of your cars and use a good bike lock. Theft is not uncommon in that area.
What if I've never climbed at Grip It?
Come into the front door and up the stairs to the first door. The friendly staff at the front desk will help you get started. You can purchase a single use drop-in, a multi pass punch card, or sign up for a monthly memebership. You will have to read and sign a waiver to climb at Grip It. To save a little time when you arrive, you can fill out the waiver online at: http://www.gripitclimbing.com/waiver/ .
Gear List and Gear Rentals
You will need a climbing harness and climbing shoes. Chalk bag optional. If you are belaying you will need a belay device such as a Black Diamond ATC or a Petzl Grigri and one locking carabiner. If you don't own your own gear, you can rent all the gear you need to climb and belay safely at Grip It.
What should I wear?
Wear anything that is comfortable and flexible. In the summer the climbing towers get very hot at the top. In the winter the towers can get quite cool.
Do I need to know how to belay?
It would be recommend that you learn how to belay. Climbing is a partnership between two people (aka a belaytionship). If only one person knows how to belay, you can see how this belaytionship would have one memeber who is less happy. That being said, if you've never climbed before or have very little experence it's not expected of you to take a belay course until you know like climbing and want to pursue it further.
Will you teach me how to belay? Lead Climb?
No. Teaching these skills is against the regulations at Grip It and beyond the scope of this group. Grip It does offer courses for these types of skills. Talk to the staff or check there website regarding the courses and the incentives of completing the courses.
If you have any question, please feel free to send me a message.
Hope to see everyone out there and can't wait to meet you all.