What we're about
Southwest Climbers and Boulderers, affectionately known as "SCAB's"...
Welcome Rock Climbers!
This Meetup group is geared toward building a strong and fun climbing community in the Valley of the Sun. Arizona has so much rock climbing to offer. You can literally drive in any direction from Phoenix and find a climbing crag. Phoenix Metro also has 6 rock climbing gyms which have created a steady influx of new climbers and has allowed climbers to train and progress in a safe environment. If you got bit by the rock climbing bug, Arizona is a good place to be.
• Who are we?
The SCAB group was created in 2012 by our friend Joe Cayer with the idea that sharing our passion for climbing often leads to good things. Many in this group have forged great friendships and have shared amazing outdoor adventures together.
We are based in the Phoenix Metro East Valley. Our organizers have many years of experience both climbing and hosting meetups (trust me it's an art). The SCAB members range from new climbers, to gym climbers, to experienced trad climbers, to weekend sport climbers, to boulderers of every level. Why do we only have 300+ members? Because our sign-up system only keeps members that have logged-in in the last 6 months. We thought it was pointless to inflate our numbers. No posers, just climbers.
• What do we do?
SCAB meets weekly at the Phoenix Rock Gym in Tempe on Tuesday and Thursday nights for some gym climbing. Our organizers and hosts also schedule additional gym climbs based on their availability (like Friday Night Focus if you like bouldering). And of course, we climb outdoors! Our outdoors schedule heavily depends on the season, weather, and organizers' availability. That said, we try to host 1 or 2 outdoor trips a month. We mostly organize Sport Climbing trips and bouldering trips all over the state (Queen Creek Canyon, Flagstaff, Mt Lemmon, Cochise, Winslow, etc...). We are often involved in the local climbing events such as the main climbing competitions and festival (check out our QCBC pictures!).
• What do you get if you join?
Joining SCAB is totally free to all our members (though we welcome donations that go toward group gear like ropes, and toward the Meetup fees). We offer an opportunity to join a friendly and laid back climbing community where you'll always have a climbing partner. For those who are new to climbing, SCAB is a place where you can find encouraging climbers to help you learn the ropes. You'll get access to our calendar and meetups. And you get to climb with us!!!
Lastly, we need to add this, because it's true and you need to know:
**Disclaimer of Liability**
CLIMBING IS A DANGEROUS SPORT!
Involvement in rock climbing carries a significant risk of personal injury or death. CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK! SCAB organizers are not responsible for your safety. Organizers do their best to maintain a safe environment during meetups, and members that don't comply with safety guidelines will be removed. That said, climbing has dangers inherent to the sport and the environment (risk of falls, falling rocks, weather hazards, equipment failures, etc...). Remember, you are climbing at your OWN RISK!