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SportRocking Thursday

  • Nov 29, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • SportRock - Alexandria

This is a THURSDAY climb.

Here is the info from our Tuesday climbs:

If you're new, welcome to the group! If you're not, welcome back!

Directions & Parking: The gym is a short walk from the Van Dorn metro station. It's next to a group of car repair shops. If the shops are closed--and they usually are at night--you can park in their spaces. There is also overflow parking available in the Carrier HVAC business next door on weeknights and weekends.

Cost: Tell the gym staff you are with the climbing Meetup group and they will discount the day pass price to $14 (the normal cost for a day pass is $18). You will also need to rent climbing shoes and a harness ($10 for both) if you don't have your own gear. Once you are set with the front desk come find us. If you can’t find us, please ask one of the staff members to point out the Meetup group.

For those who are new to climbing: SportRock's "Basic Skills" class is the best way to learn the basics of climbing, namely how to "belay" another climber. Belaying refers to the technique(s) used to exert friction on the climbing rope so the climber doesn't fall very far. SportRock charges $25 for the class which includes gear rental and an all-day gym pass. The class starts at 7pm and usually takes 2 hours. Sign up on the SportRock website. Then, after your class is over, you can climb with us if you're not too tired. If you don't know how to belay and don't take the class, you are still welcome to come climb with us. We're happy to belay you at your first one or two events.

For experienced climbers: If you know how to belay but haven't been belay checked at a Sportrock gym, ask one of the staff members to test you when you first arrive. There's no charge for taking the belay test. If you pass, they'll give you a pink laminated belay card to wear on your harness so everyone knows you're OK to belay. If you fail, you can try again the next time you visit the gym.

About the group: The Meetup group consists of members of all skill levels and abilities. We are a friendly bunch of enthusiastic climbers who enjoy the physical and social aspects of climbing. When you are a part of the group you will always have a climbing partner as well as a fellow climber who might just know the special technique or trick to help you get past that difficult climbing problem.

What to bring: This is *indoor* climbing, so dress for the gym, not the mountains. If you wear shorts, you may want them at least mid-thigh in length so the harness straps won't be on your bare skin (though it isn't really a problem if you wear short shorts). There are locker rooms to change in and cubbys to store your stuff. I recommend you also bring a water bottle, but the gym does have a water fountain and they sell drinks.

One final note: Your forearms will be really sore the next day since holding onto the wall uses muscles that you don't normally exercise. Don't worry: once you've been to the gym a few times, those muscles will get used to it and soon you won't even notice.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Location was great. Did plenty of climbing and will conquer the brown track next time :)

    December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all -
    This will be my first time joining you, too! Its been a few years since I've climbed consistently, but looking forward to it and belaying should come back to me pretty quickly. See you Thursday!

    November 27, 2012

    • Stephanie P.

      Hi Andy,
      Glad to have you. If this is your first time to SR be sure to get belay tested when you get there.

      November 28, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry guys..pulled a muscle yesterday and the gym and unfortunately need to miss it tonight!

      November 29, 2012

  • Stephanie P.

    Looks like I will be able to run things tonight. For those who don't know me, I will be wearing a green tank, flowy black crop yoga pants, and a yellow headband. See you soon!

    1 · November 29, 2012

  • Jennifer

    Usually at least until 830

    November 29, 2012

  • Marian

    How late do folks climb on Thursdays? Not sure I can make it at 6:30 (or at all).

    November 29, 2012

    • Stephanie P.

      Hi Marian -- people usually stay until 9:30ish. You will see some sticking around longer, some leave earlier, but most of the group usually heads out around then.

      November 29, 2012

  • Kaylynn P.

    Hey everyone, this will be my first time meeting with you guys, but I've been climbing for three years (a bit rusty at the moment). Do you normally meet somewhere inside SR?

    November 24, 2012

    • Stephanie P.

      Hi Kaylynn, everyone usually meets near the display case / tv / small tables in the front of the gym in between the bouldering wall (near the front desk) and the climbing walls.

      November 25, 2012

  • Stephanie P.

    Hi all -- I decided to take a class starting this day at 6:30pm. Jennifer and other regulars, please check the newbie's belay techniques. Have a nice time!

    November 23, 2012

  • Erin

    I've been climbing for several years and am looking for someone to lead climb with on a regular basis. I obtained my lead cert a couple of months ago but my regular climbing partner doesn't have his yet. It would also be nice to climb with another woman for a change once in a while. On toprope during a normal gym session I generally climb a couple of 9s, majority 10s, and can occasionally get an 11. I would really like to work on my leading ability in the gym over the winter so I can do some leading outside next spring and take a climbing trip or two.

    November 18, 2012

    • Stephanie P.

      Hi Erin - We'd be glad to have you. However, our regular females currently haven't broken into lead climbing (myself included). We'd be happy to TR with you though! We only have a few regulars who climb lead in the SR crew, not sure about the ET group.

      November 18, 2012

  • Stephanie P.

    Want to save some money to climb at SR or take classes? $25 for $50 at SR now:

    November 16, 2012

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