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Suggest a Meetup, Volunteer, North Shore Video

From: sean
Sent on: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:24 AM

Suggest a Meetup, Volunteer, North Shore Video
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Suggesting Meetups and  Call for Volunteers

Suggest a Meetup

Today, I received an email asking whether or not I would set up a climbing trip to the North Shore or Devils Lake on some suggested dates.  I replied that my schedule doesn't allow for that, but that anyone can create a Meetup for whatever location and dates that suits them.  Perhaps this is a message that more people need to be reminded of...

On the home page (or calendar page) of the TCRC Meetup site, any TCRC member can suggest an event.  Click on Suggest a Meetup and you will be taken to a form that will ask you for a date, location, and description of your event.  Fill that out and hit submit.  Meetup then emails me to alert me that there is a suggested event pending.  

I will review the details and, if everything is in order, publish the event for everyone to see.  If the suggestion is incomplete, I'll contact the climber who submitted it to help finish filling out the details.  OR, if you get 2 other climbers to RSVP right away, the event will automatically be published to the entire group.  

You can suggest a night at the gym, a day at the crag, or something more adventurous such as a camping/climbing weekend at some destination, or even a road trip across the country.  

What I have found in my time with this Meetup group is that if you put your idea out there, people will join you.  Don't wait for me or Matt or anyone else to create a climbing opportunity for you.  You have the power to create adventure for yourself here.  Seize the opportunity.


We have traditionally had gym climbing nights every Monday and Thursday at Vertical Endeavors.  I was once a weekly host for these events, but, time and energy change and I no longer do that.  Fortunately, we have had climbers step up from time to time and carry this tradition on.  Some people do it now and then.  Some have done it for months and months on end.  Sometimes, we have had to drop these nights from our calendar because no one was available to be a consistent host.  

Do you want to meet more climbers?  Hosting a gym night is a sure fired way to increase the number of climbers you know and have available to share belays.  All it means to be a host is that you arrive at the gym in time to take 10-15 minutes to meet and greet others.  Then, people pair up and away they go.  There is nothing more to being an Event Host than that - your climbing level plays absolutely no part in being a host.  Say hello, offer some introductions, go about your climbing.  

These volunteer hosts have been the backbone of TCRC's success over the years and is likely the reason that  you even know about this group.  Give back by taking on a night once a week, once a month, or randomly when it fits your schedule.  The Monday/Thursday thing is not set in stone.  Do it on a Wednesday.  Do it on a Friday.  Make it a weekend event.  It does not matter, people will join you.  

Email [address removed] for more information.


June 28-30, Matt Holland organized a weekend at the North Shore for anyone that wanted to attend.  I came along and passed my video camera around for a couple of days.  When I got home, I watched all the footage and pieced together this video.  It is a fun look at some Meetup climbers spending a couple days together camping, climbing, slacklining, and generally having a good time.  Enjoy.

(click on the picture to go to You Tube for the video)


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