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News and Events from TCRC Meetup

From: sean
Sent on: Thursday, February 2, 2012 4:25 PM

Hey Climbers,


It's that time again for some announcements from TCRC Meetup.


- There are two upcoming Intro to the MN Climbing Co-op events coming up.  The first is on Tuesday, 2/14, from 7-9pm; event page here.  And, I've added a Saturday session for those that can't make it on a Tuesday night.  Join me on Saturday, 2/25, from 3-6pm; event page here.  Meetup climbers pay $10 for a day pass and receive a FREE day pass coupon to use at a later date!  How can you beat that?!?


- Passion for Flashin' is open for registration.  The event page has been updated with details here.  This is the 19th year for this competition at VE St. Paul.  We have had many Meetup participants in the past and have even had some top 3 finishers!  Sign up for a great time competing or email Jeff Nelson at VE if you have interest in volunteering.  Volunteers help with registration and belaying on Saturday, 2/18, and receive tshirts and chances to win raffle prizes; [address removed]


- The Nipigon Ice Festival is coming up from March 2-4.  This event is organized by Duluth climbers and is about 8 hours north in Ontario, so dig up your passport!  Our most passionate ice climbing Meetup member, Peter Lenz, is going; what more reason do YOU need to go?!?  Find the event page here and use the message board to coordinate carpools!


- VE Climb Team kids are headed to Colorado Springs March 1-4 for youth nationals!  There are at least 4 kids that have earned the chance to compete nationally by participating and growing in the local climb teams offered by Minneapolis and St Paul VE.  If you have a child that enjoys climbing or that you'd like to encourage to climb, consider signing them up for climb team.  The current session is underway, but there is another one around the corner.  Contact Tyler at VE for more details; [address removed]


- Volunteers for Twin Cities Climbing Meetup wanted.  Is this message becoming a broken record?  I continue to look for people interested in helping the TCRC Meetup events held at Minneapolis and St Paul VE grow.  I've said it before, but when you get deeper into the climbing community, you lose the need for a group like ours.  You develop your own circle of climbing friends and turn to them before anyone else.  However, when you join the Meetup group, you are looking for people to climb with.  And I am looking for you!  Help us meet and greet Meetup members who are looking for new partners and/or looking for socialization.  

To be an Event Host, you do not need to have a mastery of climbing, just a willingness and desire to connect with new people.  If you are new to the group and/or new to climbing and want to make the most of the Meetup experience, send me an email to discuss becoming an Event Host.  This is a very low pressure gig!  Just show up like you would anyway and talk to people... it's that easy!


Upcoming or in the works:

- TCRC Meetup climbing comp!  This will be a 4-6 week long competition run on an honor system.  New routes will be designated for each division weekly.  You will report the date that you sent the route/problem and how many tries it took you.  Ongoing scores will be tallied and posted online for all to see and winners announced at the end.  I am looking towards the spring to kick this event off.

- HCR trip!  My favorite (drive-able) destination from 2011, I'll be hoping to get back there in late March.  If you have interest in this trip, feel free to email me or wait for more details.

- TCRC Social!  Time to start planning a spring social.  Should we reserve the back room at Sweeny's or jam ourselves into Pizza Luce?  We've tried both, reply to me with your opinion.

- Best of the Midwest is now confirmed to be at the MN Climbing Co-op on Saturday, 4/14.  This is a bouldering competition that serves as a fundraiser for the MCA.


As always, feedback welcome.


Climb on!




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