November 13, 2007

new bouldering terrain anyone?

Need a new rope? How about shoes? Maybe other valuable items you don’t want to pay full price for? Here’s your chance to win some big ticket items, such as a rope, and support a good cause at the same time. Here’s how…

I am organizing a fund raiser to build new terrain at the Sticks-n-Stones climbing gym in Rexburg, Idaho. For years, the owners have allowed me to train after hours and bring in a few of my dirt bag climbing friends who would otherwise not be seen in the gym! Sticks-n-Stones are great community players and really get behind supporting the local talent in the area; often at the expense of growing their business. We feel it appropriate to give back and help grow their business by raising money for new bouldering terrain and padding.

I will be offering a slide show featuring my recent trip to Kalymnos, Greece and other rock climbing destinations; along with ice/mixed climbing and alpine climbing to give a well rounded presentation. It’s easy- show up, and purchase lots of raffle tickets for items donated by Mammut, Petzl, Kalyand, Metolius, Liberty Mountain, and others! All of the money will be donated to the purchase of building materials and padding. The more money we can raise the closer we will get to building the desired terrain. It’s a win, win situation. Even if you don’t walk away with a new rope, you will have new terrain to get strong on. Donations are always welcome too!

We are in the process of finding a suitable location for the event, but in the event that the cost of a venue will cut into the new terrain funds, we will hold the fund raiser/party at the Sticks-n-Stones gym. The date is not set yet but will be one of these: December 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th. I will update this as soon as I have the venue. I just wanted to get the word out now so people have an idea what’s happening.

If you have questions, suggestions, or want to get involved, please contact me via email at

I hope to see all of you there for a fun night of community spirit.

Dean Lords