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[20 Nov 2008|01:49pm]

I've been sick a lot in the past year and haven't been able to climb much. My partner that used to climb with graduated and I moved. Since I am basically back to no muscles I really want to start small and figure it would be safest in a Rock Gym. Can anyone suggest one to me as I no longer live in Flagstaff but in Cottonwood.


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Outdoor Bouldering in Phoenix Area? [21 Nov 2006|10:13am]

I've got some friends coming in, and they wanna go bouldering in the Phoenix area. I'm not sure exactly where to send them. I was thinking the routes at camelback mountain, maybe at the big rocks by the zoo, or send them out to superstitions. We don't have full gear for climbing routes, so it would just be bouldering, which seems to be harder to find out where to go for. :)

I'm in Queen Creek, so I'm figuring its a drive no matter what, but the closer the better. ;)

Any thoughts/ideas? Probably looking for 5.10ish, just something to get our hands dirty and bath in the sun. :)
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Climb on, again, finally [06 Dec 2005|08:53pm]

So recently I've been slacking off and being lazy. I had a number of friends over for thanksgiving weekend, and got to go bouldering a couple times down at the Phoenix Rock Gym. Just short climbs, but it was a good workout. The only problem being that after the first one, I had to come home and do some work, which required typing. That was very unfortunate since I had killed my fingers. ;)

My friend that I went with both times, has been going a few times a week atleast for a while now, so that kinda kicked my ass a little. :) It was a lot of fun to go through a couple routes with him, and figure out better ways to do them, etc.

So its kicked my ass atleast enough to go once so far. And to finally getting around to buying chalk. :) Last friday night I only had a couple hours, but I went up by my work to Solid Rock. It was a different gym than I'm used to in the fact that the flooring around the walls were rocks. :) By the bouldering they had a number of movable crash pads. So you could move it to where you were working. I'm not sure if I like this setup yet or not. I imagine when its full, it might cause some problems. I also noticed that when I was following one route, the pad didn't follow me. :)

It had a great bouldering section with some good routes, and some nice overhangs. I found that the routes seemed to have a steep curve though. The V1s were rediculously easy, then I tried a couple V2s that I had a lot of trouble with. It was probably a good curve for the point of boulder(learning technique), but still. :) I was working on one of the routes and just couldn't get my foot to where I saw it had to be, so I enlisted the help of a good guy that works there, Tyler, to give me a hand figuring it out. It was a well designed route to teach technique and certain motions. :) I think I might get a membership up there and try to go a couple times a week after work. I mean since my options are either drive across phoenix during rush hour, or climb for a bit then drive...hmm...no brainer. ;) I think I'll be up there Wed and Fri evenings...but that's subject to how my work schedule goes. :)

The only downfall with the gym currently is all of the construction that's going on, on the roads up there. It was kind of difficult to find, made worse by the construction. Hopefully now that I know where it is, it will be much easier. :)
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[17 Aug 2005|09:02am]

Grrness. i was wanted to go climbing this weekend but Leif got shot in the back of his leg. Now i have no one to go with.
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Excited about an ATC [14 Aug 2005|12:05pm]

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We just got these at the Adventure Center I work at, and they are so rockin. I've never been excited about something as simple as an ATC, but these are cool, check em out. Normal on one side, extra friction on the other side for belaying heavier climbers or for smaller rope. Oooh: http://www.approachgear.com/showproduct.aspx?productid=86&categoryid=0&AffiliateID=10055
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Just wondering... [14 Aug 2005|11:53am]

Does it some strange to anybody else that in a rock climbing community for Arizona its all about indoor rock gyms??

Anyhoo, I'm Melisa, new, climber in the Prescott area. Nice to meet you.
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AZ Rock Gym [23 Jul 2005|05:47pm]

[ mood | tired ]

I finally got to the Gym in Tempe, and I figured I'd write up my experiences as an intro for those who haven't been. :)

For starters, this is Phoenix Rock Gym.

I walked in, up to the counter, and saw a stack of clipboards, and as someone walked up on the otherside of the counter, I said "these are the waivers?" They realized this was my first time in that gym, but definately not in a gym. :) So I filled out the paperwork, paid my $10, cause I had all my own gear, and then had to watch a video. It was a basic video, and apparently a requirement for anyone new, no matter what. That's okay, it was fairly short, and just enough time to get my shoes on and set. ;) The only part that was good was the belaying part. They've got belay devices I haven't seen/used before. They're apparently good for people with short attention spans. ;) Basically, if the belayer lets go, you still won't fall. Hell, with the humidity and everything, it was hard to get the person down when you wanted to. :) Just looked it up, its called a Grigri device. Note to self, NEVER buy one. :) Unfortunately they have them pre-attached to every rope, and its a requirement to use them. When I told them I was used to an ATC, they're like, okay, you won't have any problems. :) Also, while reading the waiver, I noticed they had belayer tiedowns, and require you to use them. I like that they have them, cause if my gf belays for me, she'd be off the ground if I fellt. :) But I had an issue a couple times, cause I found they were too close to the wall, and it caused the rope to get in the way of the climber...a bad thing. ;)

So after I watched the video, they found out I didn't have a partner. I was really just planning to get tested so I had everything all setup for later. So I went and boldered for a while, and they came over with someone that would help me test. He had a group that he needed to get back to, but he used to work there, so they asked if he would mind. Apparently his group was falling apart, and asked if I would belay him on a couple routes. A fun bunch really. We exchanged numbers and hopefully catch up later.

The gym is pretty cool. Like I said, the only thing I don't like is the restrictions, ie the tiedowns and belay devices. I mean they're good for people who aren't real climbers, but annoying for us. :) The height of the gym was nice, it made for a nice long climb, just higher than I was used to. :) Its not really the height that bothers me, just the length of the climb. ;) But it will be good once I go a few times and get back to where I should be. ;)

Also, we realized the pads on the floor are not for falling onto, but rather laying on. :) I didn't climb a whole lot today, but it was fun. :)

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Climbing? :) [23 Jul 2005|10:28am]

If anyone's around and interested. I think I'm gonna go to the Tempe Climbing Gym this afternoon. Probably go out around 2-3pm this afternoon(Saturday). So if anyone wants to join me, just drop a note here, or just show up and see if you can find me. ;)
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Fantastical [20 Jul 2005|04:21pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Last night my darling little sis had her 9th birthday party. Yeah, and she decided to de-pant me. Oh, and lets not forget it is all on video tape. *shoots herself* on a happierish note I am now dating Cheyennabanana. So that makes Amberella+Cheyennabanana. Tehee. That is funny. Yeah it is kind of refreshing not to be in a relationship that has so many emotional demands. I will always love Tasha but right now I just need to be able to step back and remember what it is like to be fantastical.

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[13 Jul 2005|07:42am]

[ mood | blank ]

ahhhhhh. to many damn comments on my last entry. and they werent even to me. *cries* <<<<<<<<

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ahhhhhh. to many damn comments on my last entry. and they werent even to me. *cries* <<<<<<<<<this page is so ugly. mr community manager person will put some pretty rocks on the page. >>>>>>>>>> <<<<<<<<<<<< I am intro-ing myself now. i am amber i am a former lover of climbing who wants to get back in the habit. i spent my childhood in ks where i broke many limbs climbing trees. then in my teens i moved here to az and discovered rock climbing. i havent been to a gym or to the outs in over a yr and a half. i have a full time job as an audio person thing. and thats about it.>>>>>>>>
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[13 Jul 2005|12:26am]

Just thought I'd share my new equipment that I got last friday.

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Since I haven't officially worn them, I'll ask all four people on this community ;) Does anyone know anything about Montrail climbing shoes? They seemed to be fairly comfortable wearing them around REI, but I was upset cause they apparently had just taken down their "wall" (by that I mean short block), so I couldn't see how they felt on the wall.
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[12 Jul 2005|05:11pm]

[ mood | cold ]

i like to climb rocks

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[06 Jul 2005|09:32pm]

As the creator, I guess I should be first to post. :)

This community is designed to help those starting out figure out what they need to do, to get them excited about climbing, to help people find climbing buddies, or to find out various other information about climbing in the area. I'm based around Phoenix, but I wanted to keep it general, cause I know there are some good gyms up in Flagstaff, and I know of one (whether it be good or bad) in Tuscon. And there are millions of climbing areas in the state.

Please feel free to ask questions, post events, suggest events, whatever really. :) I feel that a restricted community won't help anyone. ;)

While I'd like to get the word out about this community, please don't post advertisements in other communities, as there are usually a lot of people who wouldn't care. If you know of friends who would benifit from this, please do pass the word on. Now this is not to say, "the first rule about azclimbing is we do not talk about azclimbing." ;) So if someone posts to a community asking for things like this, then by all means, just don't make it sound like a bad car commercial. ;)
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