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posted Feb 17, 2015, 12:56 PM by Kansas City Climbing Community   [ updated Apr 29, 2015, 1:30 PM ]

Thanks to Dakota for sharing a little snippet of his adventures from last fall. Below is his presentation followed by two short summit videos. To read more about his thoughts on finding a climbing partner, The Climbing Zine published his article "The Art of Roping Up with a Rando".

Higher Spire Summit

The Pulpit Summit


More than 30 people showed up for Dakota's presentation at Moosejaw. Other meeting topics included a review of our upcoming events and plans for the spring as detailed below:

Movie Night?

TBD, Weeknight in March
@The Cave Bouldering Gym
Get psyched for the climbing season by watching sick climbing videos with the camaraderie of local climbers.

Clinic: Rappelling Skills

Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm
@Monster Mountain in Overland Park
$6 for climbing & clinic, wall open 6pm-10pm.
Virginia (MM's Wall Manager) has been gracious enough to let me teach another clinic on her wall. We'll be going over safety knots, double-rope rappels, backup friction hitches, and rapping with a pack. We'll have stations set up for practice. Bring your own equipment if you have it, I'll bring extras in case you don't. This clinic is especially good for sport climbers looking to expand their skills in trad or multipitch.
If you have other clinic suggestions, send them our way!

Climber Olympics

TBD, Weekend-day in April
@Monster Mountain in Overland Park
Details are yet to be hashed out, but we're looking at grilling in the parking lot, climbing at Monster, and hosting a miniature climber-olympics with climbing and non-climbing related games/competitions. All participants gain entry to win a rope!

Partner Event: Everest Expedition

Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00pm
@Linda Hall Library, KCMO
Pro climber Conrad Anker & Dr. Johnson will discuss their studies involving the effect of altitude on the human body. Event is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance:


Tentatively: May 1st - 3rd
@Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
Date and location are tentatively set. If you have any strong objections, send them this way! VOLUNTEER COOK NEEDED: if you are interested in making sure the burgers not only arrive at the campsite, but are also cooked, please send us a message! (For those unaware, Bryan may have forgotten the beef at Jackson Falls...)

Pool Party

@Shoal Creek Valley HOA Pool, hosted by KCCCer Ed Fehlig
It's been a while since we've celebrated summer this way, but it's always a good time when you mix climbers with water.

While a lot of these plans are tentative, I just wanted to give a heads up for the fun things we have planned this spring. Other exciting things we have going on include accepting our AAC Cornerstone Grant and starting work on the erosion control stabilization for the base of Cliff Drive. We'll send out work days once we get them scheduled.

On the website, I'm slowly uploading scanned versions of KCCC's old "Off Belay" Newsletters to an archive section of the website. The KCCC officers and members of old put a lot of time into those newsletters and a lot of the articles are still interesting reads today. Please check them out!

Finally, please buy T-Shirts ($21) and Stickers ($1)! We are out of small shirts, but still have plenty left in the larger sizes of both the poly and the poly/cotton blend. I generally have all this with me at Monster Mountain on Tuesday nights, so drop on by and interrupt my climbing--I promise I don't mind... too much!

To quote Jeremy Collins, "Be DAREful out there!"

Carol Fittell
Vice President