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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-19-2002, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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i've been reading a lot of books about mountaineering and rock climbing this summer, as i only have experience with hiking and wilderness camping so far.. and i think that i want to get into climbing. i've decided to start with indoor climbing, as it seems to be a little less terrifying than the outdoor stuff.

there's a few indoor climbing gyms in the vancouver area, and i was wondering if anyone has any comments about them? they all seem to have comparable pricing..



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I've been thinking of trying the indoor stuff with my daughter. Hopefully she doesn't put me to too much shame

For her soccer year-end wrap-up party the team went to a climbing gym in Newton and boy did that look like fun. Some of the people in there are phenominal! There was a 60-something year old guy in there who was climbing with a 40 pound lead filled vest - and not just vertical stuff, but horizontal too!

I'd rather be hiking!
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If you want to try it cheaply to see how you like it, you can do a quick climb at CMS at Metrotown. It was by donation last time I checked. I know Stuart does alot of climbing gyms, I'll see if he knows.





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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-19-2002, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks, jim.

i'm going to give the CMS wall a shot as soon as my knee will allow. i was there on the weekend and i think the sign said $7 for adults, $3 for children. i could be way off base though as i was not specifically trying to remember the pricing.

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hi, devon, i've only done outdoor climbing, but many of my friends have gone to indoor gyms. i understand cliffhanger in vancouver is quite good, and costs $17 for a day-pass plus $5 for shoes and another $3 for harness.

if you want to try it out, the rockhouse in richmond (ph 604-276-0012) is reasonably priced at $12 for the day plus $3 for shoes (harness, etc. included), and they have a ladies night on fridays for $6 from 6pm-10 pm.

i'm thinking maybe i'll head to the indoor climbing gym this winter... <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Hey Devon,

If you have never climbed before, you will need to learn how to belay before you can climb. Cliffhanger has a "Just Climbing" session for $20 where a staff member will belay you if you just want to try it out. Otherwise, the intro lesson is $68 which will teach you how to belay and some basic technique. Or, you could come climbing with Steve and I sometime and we can teach you how to belay.

The Edge (http://www.edgeclimbing.com) offers a similar intro program for $55, and its more convenient for me.

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anne: thanks! steve and i already talked about it, in fact. which is why i was asking about gyms... hehe. he said that if i wanted to do some indoor climbing, you'd be more than into coming with jeremy and i.. and then he also said that if i discovered that i like it, you and him could show me the ropes (pun intended)

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I will be heading back into the gym as soon as the monsoon season starts if anyone wants to come. I'll climb once a week or so in Richmond and Surrey.

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Are there any good courses for kids? I would like to get my daughter into something at a gym that wont break the bank. She has expressed an interest in climbing.

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I recommend the Edge too. My daughter took the kid's course there when she was eight, and it's served her well. She used to belay for me, and I can tell you, you haven't lived until you've slipped off a five-story wall and had an 80-pound kid catch you. Especially when you're 250 lbs

Of course, she's a bit older now, and quite a good climber. I have a couple of recent photos of her climbing at The Edge, how to I post them? Jim? If I mail them to you, can you put them up

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thanks for all the info, guys! i'm gonna gather a bunch of friends up and head to the edge in north vancouver as soon as my knee is better. the $55 intro course sounds wonderful.. you can even put that money towards buying a pass if you do it within 30 days of the course.

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Is there a height requirement for kids climbing? We took my son and his friends for his b-day party (10th) and they did okay, but my almost 9yo dd is on the petite side. I don't think her legs are long enough. She's 60 lbs. I believe we were at Vertical Reality in Surrey.

Langley Township offers indoor climbing in the leisure guide, but it's on a night that I already have booked, and they didn't offer it in the summer. I think the course is offered at the Langley Fine Arts school up in Fort Langley. The line that caught my attention was 'can't climb a tree?'. That's me.

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My kids have been climbing indoors since they were 4. Shouldn't be a problem. That being said, I have my own harness for them. They probably don't have the chest harnesses at the gym so you might want to pick one up in you're planning on taking really small kids.

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I've belayed at portable climbing walls at outdoor shows and any kid can climb as long as they can fit into a harness. From my experience, however, 4 years of age seems to be the point at which they actually understand what it is they are doing and therefore will get more out of the experience.
Call the gym ahead of time to find out if they have childrens full body harnesses. Gyms that run kids birthday parties should have childrens harnesses. Alternatively, if they have adjustable seat harnesses that go small enough you can make a chest harness fairly easily from some slings or webbing.

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Stuart asked me to pass these along to the group. They are photos of his daughter climbing at The Edge in North Van. Gives you an idea of the climbs there.











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