Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Cleaning and Hangdogging

As I am sure that most of you have noticed it sure feels like Springtime. That and the Vernal Equinox has officially passed. So what better to do than go climb outside. Just remember your helmet kiddos, that freeze thaw phenomenon wreaks havoc on the limestone flakes here in Misery. Talked to Jer Collins today and he said the he climbed at Cliff Drive recently and it was nice. For those of you who don't know, Erik Pohlman recently outfitted all of the bolts there with fixed draws. Thank you Erik! I now can Hangdog and lower off to my hearts content! Check the picture of Mr. Collins before a burn on the Bolt Route!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The North Face it is!!

Just met with the store manager and we are on for Jeremy's slideshow. It will be on Tuesday, April 7th, at The North Face store on the Plaza starting around 8 p.m. So tell a friend and bring a campchair (they will not have enough seats for everyone). Also they said that if you would like to BYOB, do so. There will be some sort of raffle or discount. Hope to see all of you there

Friday, March 6, 2009

Beautiful Weather

Just got back from the Swope Park Trails where i have been doing some trail building. This place is awesome and it only has 1.5 miles of trail completed. The second phase is under work and should yield around 5 miles of beautiful single track right in the middle of the city. So if you haven't been there, go! I have actually seen more hikers there than mountain bikers. Click on the link to check out some of the pictures towards the bottom of the page.  Here is a teaser
I still have not heard from The North Face Store regarding the April meeeting. I will release the info as soon as it is finalized.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March Meeting

Last night was the march meeting held at Ibex climbing gym in Blue Springs. We had a good turnout with 25 or so people showing up. The much awaited slide show from Jeremy Collins was postponed for the April meeting. If you do attend you may see pictures like this one.
So we had a quick discussion about upcoming events and went downstairs to pull on some plastic. A hands on demonstration was given on setting and equalizing anchors, in which 6 club members paid close attention in preparation for their upcoming trip to the Red Rock Rendezvous. There were several new climbers in attendance; Rusty, Allen, and Tom.

The April meeting will tentatively be held at the North Face Store on the Plaza. Confirmation of this location, time and date will be posted soon. Also the Spring club trip to Arkansas has been set for April 18th and 19th. Natalie Neal is working on the details, but right now we are looking at Horshoe Canyon Ranch. As always the trip will be lots of fun, with plenty of topropes, Saturday nights dinner provided by the club and possibly a portion of the climbing and camping fee. I will post updates as Natalie nails down the details.

The May meeting is going to be at Cliff Drive weather permitting on Tuesday the 5th. There will be topropes set up for a variety of grades and we will go somewhere nearby afterwards for drinks and food.