Hello Team : ) Hope this message finds you amazing! Thank you to all amazing organizers who volunteer their time and effort to host all the incredibly fun meetups! Also thank you to everyone who make VRCG so fun! Awesomeness is a team effort!
1. MEC 10% night Apr 30
2. Richmond Oval drop in (without meetup/organizer) Thu special rate $11.50
*BCMC member (www.bcmc.ca) got $11.50 rate weekly drop in Mon & Wed.
3. VRCG T-shirt Men/Women (buy online)
*They are at true cost and $0 to VRCG. I ordered one and they use good quality cotton
4. Question Tue (ask your question): See last week’s Q/A below…
5. Weekly weekend outdoor climbing
6. Beginners friendly meetup
4X/weekly bouldering at the Hive
Bi-weekly rope climbing Fri 6pm http://www.meetup.com/climbing/events/114183492/
If you are new/non-climber, see this and it should give you all the info how to start climbing
*if you have more questions, feel free to call Joe or talk to any on-site organizers.
7. Summer Outdoor Climbing Intro:
*This is a proud annual tradition started by some climbers out of good will to help new outdoor climbers to explore outdoor climbing in a top-rope setting. This is not official VRCG trip. Climbing is dangerous and you might die or kill others.
8. New Organizer Jennifer and her Ladies-only meetup
9. Anyone looking to hire a Rock Climbing Guide? Hire Will Stanhope! Also browse our VRCG Store to support a good cause:
10. Climb and Conquer: always looking for more climbers/volunteers for our charity project to teach climbing to youth-at-risk.!
Sign up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Amlv25yiVrcDdFRaOFNVekdSMFlQUTdxNGlkcUFGOVE#gid=4
Q/A for weekly Questione Tue:
*Disclaimer: The following comments are entirely Joe’s opinions and don’t represent professional climbing instruction. These opinions had not been verified nor tested to be true or false. Applying these opinions might kill you or others and resurrection is unknown depending on whom you believe.
Q: When you climb with your shirt off, aren’t you worried that you’ll get all scraped up if you take a whipper?
Anonymous: Onlly real overconfident rock jocks climb without a shirt. Also you are asking for skin cancer.
Joe: “Because I (Writer) am a man. Real man never falls. Taking off clothing is a secret weapon which greatly increases your sending power. It should be reserved for special moments such as competitions, red-pointing, accidentally going off route on slab, etc. Example: Time 5:23http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqvD4WbcZ5Y For all other climbing applications, please wear your Levis and helmet as always.”
Q: What are some ways to build knee strength and prevent knee injuries from climbing?
Anonymous: “Grouse grind and hikng down. Lots of stretching after hiking.”
Joe: “Knee strength is a v. broad term. In terms of climbing, it can mean a lot of things:
- heel hook
- toe hook
- knee bar
- rock over
Generally, you can increase your knee strength by:
- climbing in a variety of terrain e.g. slab, vertical, overhanging, roof, etc.
- use the balance board, bosu, wobble board, etc.
The most common knee injuries are when people jump down from bouldering and land between 2 pads and twisted their knees. Or they were doing some drop knee moves, went too far and pop their knees.
To avoid knee injury:
- strengthen your knee by a variety of exercises as discussed
- keep your muscles supple and not too tight by stretching and mobility exercises
- warm up properly before climbing/bouldering
- avoid any unnatural knee movement/position.
Q: I’m not being tagged in many of Joes climbing posts/comments on Facebook lately. This is decreasing the enjoyment of the time I’m wasting online. How can I increase the chances and frequency of being tagged in Joes epic posts?
Joe: “Stop face-stalking me.”
Joe 778.999.7104 www.vrcg.ca