2/26/2013 – SLO Op Climbing will be closed to members and the public starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, Feb 27th for a complete stripping and cleaning of the gym in preparation for a goal of 90 completely new routes set for March 2nd.
We will have a number of regular route setters working hard to completely reset the gym, along with some guest setters from out of town.
The competition will begin at 10 am on Saturday and go until 2 pm, with Finals commencing. There will be games, the Burrito Wagon, a Mad Rock Demo, and more.
We will also be releasing our new shirts for sale!
Thanks for your patience and can’t wait to see you soon!
Thanks to the efforts of instructor Molly Hemler, SLO Op is pleased to announce a new yoga program available to members for an additional charge!
We’re excited to announce that we have contracted Pancho Gomez, long-time volunteer crew member, to develop a children’s program at SLO Op.
In conjunction with SLO Op executive director, Kristin Horowitz, Pancho has designed a program to safely and comfortably introduce new young climbers to the sport of bouldering and the SLO Op community. Experienced climbers will develop their technique through individualized coaching and a well-rounded training regimen. The program has been designed with safety, proper form, and injury prevention as primary goals. Besides providing children an amazing opportunity to develop as athletes, SLO Op enables them to be a part of a supportive, happy, and energetic community of climbers.
The first week of the program will be January 14th. Sessions will be Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30 and limited to six children per session. 7-10 year olds will be the focus on Mon-Wed and 11-14 year olds on Tues -Thurs.
Kristin has finally healed up enough to start giving clinics again, so:
- Women’s weight training – Sunday, Oct 21, 2-3 pm. We’ll be going over basic use of the equipment in the workout room, discussing cross training and creating programs to facilitate climbing and whatever else, and answering any questions you might have – including how to do a pull up!
- V0 Clinic – Sunday Oct 21, 3-4:30 pm. Join crew member Kelsey and Kristin in getting tips to climbing better, safer, and get an introduction into the history of the sport as well. Open to both gents and ladies.
TRX SUSPENSION TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR CLIMBERS
WHAT? “The TRX Suspension Trainer is the original, best-in-class workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises. You’re in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise – because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.”
Learn How to Maximize your workouts and improve your climbing by:
• Getting a fast, effective total-body workout that is similar to climbing
• Help build a rock-solid core needed for climbing
• Increases muscular endurance necessary for climbling
*Benefits people of all fitness levels (pro athletes to seniors)
*Can be set-up anywhere (gym, home, hotel or outside)
By utilizing your own bodyweight, the TRX Suspension Trainer provides greater performance and functionality than large exercise machines costing thousands of dollars.
WHEN? Saturday November 3rd:1pm-2-2:30pm
WHERE? SLO Op Climbing: 289 Prado Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
COST? $15 For Members
*RSVP by calling or emailing Tara at Pinnacle Training Systems:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-897-1893
San Luis Obispo, CA, September 24, 2012 – The annual Banff Film Festival takes place in Canada, but has a traveling road show exhibiting the very best films from the week event and this year it stops in SLO on Monday, September 24. The Radical Reels film tour, presented by SLO Op Climbing, is a collection of short, action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding, and other adrenaline sport films. Banff is known for keeping an eye out for films with a fresh approach, a new sport, or a radically independent spirit.
The screening is being brought to SLO by SLO Op executive director Kristin Horowitz, “I’ve watched the film festival in Bishop and Santa Barbara and always thought that SLO was a great place to host it and it was a shame that it hadn’t happened. This is just the first step. We’d also like to bring the regular tour with more lifestyle films here as well.” The climbing gym is celebrating a renovation completed this July, as well.
The screening starts at 7 pm on September 24 with general admission tickets set at $20, and discounted tickets for students and children. It will be shown at the Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly. Tickets include a raffle at intermission.
To purchase tickets, visit tickets.calpoly.edu or call 805 756 4TIX
For more information about SLO Op, call Kristin at 805 748 1478 or visit www.slo-opclimbing.org
San Luis Obispo, CA, July 30, 2012 – Increasing membership and the moveout of SLO-based Bouldering.com afforded SLO Op, the country’s first non-profit bouldering gym to expand its offerings this month.
With a membership of about 800 and growing, the bouldering gym (a climbing gym offering only unroped climbing with padded floors for landings) secured a loan through Founder’s Bank in order to expand and renovate the facility. Now featuring a private weight room, more climbing space, a reception area, and a new paint job, the club could very well be the best of its kind in the country. Says executive director, Kristin Horowitz, “What started out as a tiny club to benefit climbers in the community has expanded beyond what we ever dreamed. It’s been wonderful to be able to have the kind of budget to go, ‘You know, we’ve got extra money and space now, what can we do to make it even more awesome?’ That’s such a blessing when so many other businesses are struggling.”
SLO Op’s unique business model has created a loyal membership. In its third location in ten years, it was able to secure the larger facility and original buildout by loans and gifts made by community members who then became board members. After three years, the loans have all been repaid and a new loan was taken out to support SLO Op’s growth. The creativity of the gym’s funding caught the attention of bestselling author Chris Guillebeau’s newest bestseller, released in May, The $100 Startup.
SLO Op is also pleased to announce a partnership with SLO County’s Veteran’s Outreach Team. One of many organizations taking part in the program, Gabriel Granados, Veteran’s Outreach Coordinator says: “In an effort to honor those who served, our program is developing opportunities for local veterans to participate in activities and enjoy benefits provided by community businesses and organizations. This will include events at SLO Op Climbing Gym, fielding a team for the Laguna Lake Mud Mash, sand boarding on the dunes at Montana de Oro, going on hikes around our county, and ziplining at Margarita Adventures. We appreciate the courage and dedication of veterans who have served our country and want to demonstrate our gratitude for their sacrifice.”
SLO Op welcomes any nonprofit community organization looking to better the lives of individuals to contact them regarding free climbing nights, donating paid staff time and memberships upon approval of the program and desired dates and times.
For more information about the Veteran’s Outreach team, call Gabriel Granados at 805 234 7923.
Monday, September 24th
$16 pre-sale, $20 at the door. 7 pm at Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre in SLO
Every year, the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival presents the wildly popular Radical Reels night – a presentation of the best high-adrenaline films entered into the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival competition. Inspired by the excitement of the Festival event, the Radical Reels Tour has been travelling with a selection of the hottest action sports films since 2004.
The Radical Reels program is made up of short, action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding, and other adrenaline sport films. We always keep an eye out for films that feature a fresh approach, a new sport, and a radically independent spirit.
Well, after two weeks of dust, the new wall is up, the gym is repainted, our workout room and new visitor reception area are almost complete, and you are stoked? With all the amenities, 24-7 access for members for only $35 a month, and new 18′ walls, are we now the best bouldering gym in the world? You be the judge.
Well the first day of the remodel was exciting! the pony wall, training wall and the area where the new wall meets the old were demolished. I wanted to give everyone an updated schedule after speaking with our illustrious head route setter and contractor, this is what the near future hold for SLO-Op.
*Please keep in mind this is tentative and construction can take longer or shorter*
6/14 Thursday (Gym Closed)
6/15 Friday (steel framing and sheeting)
6/16 Saturday (steel framing and sheeting)
6/17 Sunday (sheeting, lath)
6/18 Monday (Stucco)
6/19 Tuesday (main wall should be open)
6/21 Thursday (Stucco)
6/24 Monday (T-Nutting)
6/25 Monday (Full gym Strip and Power wash) (Gym Closed)
6/26 Tuesday (drying)
6/27 Wednesday (drying)
6/28 Thursday (Paint)
6/29 Friday (Drying and Foam)
6/30 Saturday (Total Gym Re-Set)
7/1 Sunday (Total Gym Re-Set) (Gym Open)
7/2 Monday Grand re-opening party (stay tuned for details)
Please check in at Facebook and see whats going on. We are doing our best to keep the doors open as much as possible. Please DO NOT go into the construction area as hazards are aplenty. If you are around this weekend, please feel free to poke your head in and see the new structure come to life. Also we could use some help running the chop saw (super easy) tomorrow and Saturday, so If you’re around and willing it would be awesome. Please call 720-1245 or just stop on by.