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New Meetup: Sunday at Red Wing

From: sean
Sent on: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 12:10 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Twin Cities Rock Climbing Meetup Group!

What: Sunday at Red Wing

When: Sunday, June 13,[masked]:00 AM

Where:
Barn Bluff
Hwy 61 Blvd
Red Wing, MN 55066

Hey Meetup Climbers,

I am thinking about hitting Red Wing on Sunday, weather permitting. If you know the drill, skip the text below. If you are new to our group, please read on.

Sean


What you can expect at this Meetup event:

Our Meetup group is designed to organize climbing events and introduce climbers to each other. We do NOT teach anyone to climb, belay, lead or set anchors. We encourage people to learn that stuff in the gym or through classes*

At our Meetups, climbers show up on their own schedule and start climbing. You can organize shared rides using the message board or by commenting on this event page. Once at the climbing site, climbers tend to move around and sometimes switch partners; there are 100+ climbs at Red Wing and they are spread all around the bluff.

The minimum gear that you need to join in is a harness and some shoes. Please don?t expect that anyone will have these for you. If you have a rope and/or other gear, please bring it. Even if you don?t lead climb, you may meet someone that does and is willing to climb a route and leave your rope hanging for you to top rope on.

Our Meetup members will offer advice and help point out routes if you do not have a guide book. Often times, climbers get together at one of many restaurants in the area when all the climbing is done.

What you need to know about Red Wing:

Red Wing is a sport lead climbing area. There are no top rope set-ups in Red Wing. For those that don?t lead climb, it is necessary to partner up with a couple of people that do lead. They can then leave a rope hanging from fixed anchors at the top of a route that can be used for top rope climbing.

Red Wing offers a couple of 5.7 climbs, a few 5.8s, a handful of 5.9s and plenty of 5.10 and above routes. The rock at Red Wing is slick, except where the quartzite protrudes and then it is sharp. Compared to Taylor?s Falls, Red Wing is not as good of a place to break into outdoor climbing. It is far more challenging. I don?t say this to discourage anyone, just to set a realistic expectation for someone who has never been there. Red Wing remains my favorite climbing spot and is worth checking out.


* Our goal with this Meetup group is to organize events for climbers to participate in. We agreed we would discourage any teaching of anchors or leading through Meetup.com. However, what can happen is that you meet someone that you start to climb with, become comfortable with and gain trust in. Then, independently of a Meetup event, you will have someone to learn advanced climbing techniques with. We do encourage that.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Twin-Cities-Rock-Climbing-Meetup-Group/calendar/13733609/

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