Corner Of Echols Dorm
Sportrock Climbing Centers, Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, USA
(Planning this a month in advance because Spring Break will reset a lot of our brains)
What a great Sunday to go climb at one of the best gyms in the country! With USA Climbing Divisionals on April 1st, this is a perfect way for you hardcore climbers to get in some last-minute practice before heading off to Hackensack. However, even if you have no idea what that means, Sportrock offers a wide range of bouldering, toprope, and lead climbing for all skill levels! Their rope walls are some of the tallest you’ll find and the routesetting is consistently creative and fun. Even if you’re more geared towards outdoor climbing, or are brand new to the sport, you’ll have a blast!
** DRIVERS NEEDED! Drivers will get gas reimbursed + 50% tip (up to $20), and priority off the waitlist. **
** This trip will be partially split: Sportrock offers its main facilities (general bouldering and ropes), and a Performance Institute (competition-style bouldering). The facilities are next to each other and connected, but each has a separate day pass cost. While you’re welcome to purchase both day passes, this trip will be planned under the assumption that each person will choose one facility to spend their time. Note that both facilities will have a wide range of skill levels, but the Performance Institute is geared towards comp-style bouldering which may be slightly less beginner-friendly than Sportrock Proper). I’m not making two separate trips because we will all be going to the same place; I’ll just ask for your preference in the questionnaire. This will not affect getting off the waitlist. (I will be bouldering at the Performance Institute, so I won’t be able to supervise anyone who would like to rope climb/get certifications; this is why, if you want to rope climb, toprope experience is required).**
** PLEASE GET GEAR IN ADVANCE! – I do NOT plan on stopping by the gear room the day of the trip. Check out whatever you’ll need beforehand (pack list is below). If plans change they will be communicated beforehand in the trip group chat.**
** End time is negotiable – if certain people want to stay later / leave earlier, we can work that out (I’ll make a group chat 1-2 weeks before). If your schedule would not be possible to accommodate (in terms of drivers), I’ll reach out to you before adding you to the trip.**
Information about Sportrock and the SRPI can be found here:
– [If you want to rope climb] Know how to climb and belay on toprope
– Be at least 14 years old [ no adult supervision >:) ]
9:00am SHARP – Leave from corner of Echols. I do not plan on stopping at the gear room so please have any gear you’ll need in advance!
11:00am – Arrive at Sportrock and get day passes. Complete toprope/lead certification tests as needed.
11:30am – Climb your heart (and hands) out!
2:30pm – Finish up climbing and leave Sportrock
2:45pm – Optionally get food (this will likely be car-dependent)
~5:00pm – Get back to Cville so you can make it to your Sunday night pregames 🙂
What to Bring – Anything with a (*) should be checked out from the gear room in advance, if you need them.
– Your Student ID (you’ll get a small discount on the day pass)
– Water and Snacks
– Climbing Shoes *
– Climbing Chalk / Chalkbag (if you’re bouldering, you can use my chalk)
– Harnesses *
– Belay Devices *
– Ropes, if you have them *
– Your Preferred Amenities
Sign the wavier here: https://www.sportrock.com/participant-agreement
Questions about the trip or climbing in general? I’ve climbed a rock or two, let me know and I’m happy to talk to you about it! I’m always looking to get more people into the sport.