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Climbing - RonO's Ramblings

Feb. 9th, 2008 03:34 pm Climbing

Derrick and I went climbing again this morning. Since climbing is one thing that we both enjoy and do, more or less, together, and it is good for both of us, I've decided to go more regularly. Today was the first "regular" visit.

Towards the end of the morning (we only climbed for about 90 minutes since Tara and Derrick had something to do at 1:30 back up in Bartlett) Derrick managed to top out one of the routes, twice. I finally toped out the same -- more or less -- route. Admittedly this was one of the easier routes (a "5.EASY" if we'd followed one set of holds, a 5.6 on the other, and we both mixed and matched a bit), but still topping out feels good.

I also got certified to belay Derrick (and anyone else), but have to use the auto belays for my own climbing.

At the end of the morning, the financial part of the climbing plans got thrown for a bit of a loop. There were cards advertising a sale on 1 year memberships for one weekend, March 7-9. With the sale price, an annual membership drops to just about 3 times the cost of one 10 visit card. So if Derrick and I go more than 15 times in a year it would pay to get the membership. I've got a month to think about it.

I'm also thinking that it might be nice to be joined down there by someone else who is of comparable size to me, and over 13 -- Derrick fails on both accounts -- who could belay me, and I them. At this point the tentative plan is to hit the gym in Warrenville at about 10:00am on Saturdays when Tara works, and possibly other Saturdays when there is nothing else interfering. Our next visit wouldn't be until March 8 since we've got Capricon and a vacation two of the next three weekends, and I'll probably have a 1:15 belt test for Karate on the other. Should anyone be interested, let me know and I can give you more details.

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Date:February 9th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
That's something I've considered doing for some time. I don't have experience, but if you're looking for someone interested to join on Saturdays, I may be game.
Date:February 10th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
I'm following up here since I don't know if I've got a current e-mail address.

At this point the more details I can give are:
1: We climb at Vertical Endeavors. They are located inside -- but not otherwise affiliated with -- the Lifetime Fitness in Warrenville. It is just south of I-88 and Dhiel Rd at the end of Winfield road. Go in the main entrance, sign in as a guest and ask for Vertical Endeavors and they'll give you directions. A daily pass is $15.00, plus $4.00 to rent a harness. Shoes are also available for rent at $4.00, but initially sneakers work OK.

2: The next time we are likely to stop by is March 8th. As I mentioned, we've got conflicts between now and then. However, the gym is open every day and is set up for self-belay, and they'll check you on it on your first visit. They'll also need a waiver filled out.

3: In order to belay you'd need to be checked by the staff. I suspect that they (or their insurance) would rather teach novice belayers themselves rather then have someone else teach them. They have a basic safety class Saturdays at noon (as well as Friday evenings and Sundays at noon). They cost $30.00 for nonmembers. I do have a couple of coupons for 1/2 off this training I could route to you. This class will teach belay technique as well as knots and other stuff. They have other classes as well.

Edited at 2008-02-10 12:17 am (UTC)