This year's climbing portion of R.A.C.E. will be taking place about a half hour outside of Steamboat Springs at Seedhouse Road. I wish I could tell you more, but I have never been there and there are NO guidebooks for the area. Steamboat Springs has very little in the way of climbing and I have had to beg locals to get the scoop on where to go. Good news is no crowds. Bad news is that finding the place is going to be interesting. Should make for an interesting day out.
You will need to bring the following:
1. A harness - Each climber should have his/her own harness. Swapping harnesses is not a good idea. It just increases the opportunity to forget to buckle something properly and get hurt, or worse...So please, beg, steal or borrow a harness of your very own.
2. Rock Shoes - You can buy a mountain bike without a "Rock Shock" on it, and you can go to a "Rockies" game without having a beer, but then, what would be the point? Same thing with rock shoes. You can climb without them, but you will enjoy your climbing experience a LOT more if you have them. If you don't own a pair, see if you can borrow some, but don't go out and buy them just for this trip, unless you need to get rid of about $100.00 for tax purposes. If anyone needs any information about how they should fit, etc. you can e-mail me.
3. A belay device and oversized locking carabiner - Essential if you are going to belay another climber (safely, anyway). Just about any type of belay device will work, as long as you know how to use it. If you bring a "figure 8" you're on your own. I haven't used one in years. I have one extra device and biner, and there may be a couple of other spares amongst the group as well, so don't sweat it TOO much if you can't locate one.
Those are the essentials, I think. If anyone has any extra gear, bring it. If we don't need it, we can leave it in the cars.
Also, we will be hiking in a ways to get to the crag. I am not sure exactly how far, but the gear shop told me it was a ½ hour hike. If we convert “super fit gear shop rock climbing guy” hike time to 15 “mediocre shape hung over have no idea where they are going” time, then I’d say plan on an hour hike. Or three. Have a backpack, comfortable shoes, extra food, plenty of water and rain gear with you.
One last thing, those of you who haven't climbed with me before, if you could shoot me a quick e-mail and tell me at about what level you climb (5.5, 5.9, 5.10, etc.), that would be helpful. If you don't know, "Beginner" will suffice. I want to be sure to match the difficulty of the routes to the skill level(s) of the group as best I can. It's more fun for everyone that way.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or additional information please feel free to contact me.
Jason Wine -