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climber511


Jan 16, 2013, 4:58 PM
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I oversee (for free) a climbing wall in a small Appalachian town recreation center – it’s a multi purpose center and the wall is only open Thursday evenings. The fees for use are $2 for adults and $1 for kids. It’s an area with very low incomes – the center is to help keep kids off the streets and out of trouble. We have harnesses but only a very few pair of climbing shoes that people have donated. We could use climbing shoes in any size and any condition short of in pieces - I can do a little glue work to them. If you have climbing shoes that are too worn out for you, or that your kids have out grown etc – these kids could still get some good out of them. So if you’d like to help some kids learn to climb and do a “Pay it forward” good deed – your help would be appreciated.
Drop me a PM and I’ll give you shipping information - oh yeah - that's the good deed part - you pay the shipping. :)


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I've got no shoes but have posted this thread to my ClimbAddict Facebook Page.

If you have any sort of image to represent the climbing wall or organization, and can post it, I will turn it into a graphic illustration and post to Pinterest too. I have over a thousand followers there, and chances would be good the image would get shared quite a bit.


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Wow - Thanks! I am pretty bad with the computer stuff but I do have some pictures of the wall I can send you. I only know how to attach them to an email though. If you can PM an email I'll be glad to send you some shots and some information.


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Jan 18, 2013, 9:24 AM
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I know this is a longshot.. but do you accept MadRocks?


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hey I sent this guy a paypal gift donation. I don't have any spare shoes right now, but I have a few bucks in my paypal that I don't feel bad parting with.


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Jan 18, 2013, 11:04 AM
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Mad Rocks - of course we would accept them! We have kids climbing in socks some nights - brand names don't matter at all.


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I received the PayPal donation and everyone got in free last night because of it. I announced what I asked for on the forum and the fantastic response we are getting - you guys got a standing ovation! You'd have to see what this means to this community to truly appreciate it. Thank You all!


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I don't know how to post a link but you can go to the Crooksville Rec Center Facebook page and find some pictures of the rec center and the climbing wall


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Here are some images that Chris emailed me. He says the wall was built by some local climbers who volunteered their efforts, and funded initially from a grant.

Looks like a very nice gym set up!






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Jan 18, 2013, 8:29 PM
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Looks nicer than some for-profit gyms. Props to the volunteer builders!


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Chris,

Big gyms go through shoes on a regular basis and they usually have a bin-full hiding in a closet somewhere.

Contact some the larger gyms in your area/state and see if they would donate some of their older shoes. You probably will have to pay shipping, but that's not too bad a deal for free shoes.

Good luck.


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PM sent


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Jan 24, 2013, 9:49 AM
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I don't know if people want their names put out or not so I won't for now. I received the first box of shoes today - 6 pair! And all in usable condition with one set of laces - WOW! You know who you are so Thank You! Chris


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Jonathan Lipkin - Thank You! Shoes came today!


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looks like a great set up, I think what you guys are doing is great. When I wear out my current pair of climbing shoes I will send them your way. Good luck and keep up the good work.


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spiderman5 wrote:
looks like a great set up, I think what you guys are doing is great. When I wear out my current pair of climbing shoes I will send them your way. Good luck and keep up the good work.

Thanks!


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Jan 31, 2013, 6:16 AM
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Huge Thank You to JASON HALLADAY!!!


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What's the address? I have couple used pairs and one virtually brand new pair (wife tried climbing, wife didn't like it) I could send.


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Please send to
Crooksville Rec Center
C/O Chris Rice
230 Burley St
Crooksville, Ohio 43731

And Thanks!


climber511


Feb 7, 2013, 8:09 AM
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 gblauer - Five pair of shoes arrived to day - Thank You!!!


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Feb 9, 2013, 2:53 PM
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From Sterling Va - Thanks to someone :) for the 3 pairs of shoes - much appreciated!


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Feb 12, 2013, 3:28 PM
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From Bridgeton Maryland - Thank You! And a thank you to everyone so far - seeing the generosity that I am seeing restores my faith in climbers as "good people"! (Never really doubted it but still.........)


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Feb 16, 2013, 6:46 AM
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A Gri Gri from Paige Marta and a pair of shoes from Omer (Thanks buddy)!! Paige - Gri Gri arrived today - Awesome - Thank You so much. One side effect of all these new shoes is we are getting more kids at the wall.- they can climb so much better and are having more fun - so they are bringing there friends!


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Two pair of shoes (12s maybe) and a chalk bag arrived today from Plainfield Indiana - big thanks!!!


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John Shippling - shoes and a brand new Metolius Chalkbag! Thanks you! I'm putting the chalkbag back to use as a prize for the climbing contest I'll be having soon. Awesome!


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Hannah Roush - Huge Thank you!!! The brand new pair of 5.10s will be a competition prize I believe!


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Thanks to Mike Mobley - shoes arrived today!!!


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Shoes - harnesses - chalk bags - a huge box from Vertical Adventures in Columbus Ohio - WOW! Thank You!!!


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May 13, 2013, 6:26 AM
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Thank You to Jonathon Lipkin! Another pair of shoes!


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May 13, 2013, 10:16 AM
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Are you still looking for gear?

What specifically would help you the most?


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Thanks to all the wonderful people who have so kindly helped us - we are pretty good now on shoes except for the smaller kids sizes but if you are going to throw them away - we will gladly take them still. We have enough one size fits all harnesses but your outgrown or when you update harnesses and your old one is still good enough for gym use - those would be nicer than what we have. Chalk bags would help keep down the mess - we now use one bouldering bucket for all 18 roped walls - which gets kicked around a lot (I'm the floor sweeper :)). A few belay plates and locking biners would allow the older kids to learn how to belay properly without a Gri Gri and help prepare them for outdoor climbing. Books or DVDs etc on climbing would be nice - lots of people are now expressing an interest in going outside to either top rope or actually learn to climb outside the gym. The donated shoes are what made the difference - it was pretty hard to get excited while trying to learn in your running shoes - now people are seeing the real fun that can be had. So all those things would be nice (but not necessary of course). If you think about what someone in the very beginning stages might be able to use or benefit from - these kids could. Of course some of these people can afford their own stuff but many cannot. Thank you again and again!


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May 13, 2013, 1:32 PM
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Post some more photos!


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Can do. Right now I'm in the process of washing all the ropes (a few at a time) and talking down the holds, running them through our dish washer and then will be putting them back up (differently of course). I'll be painting walls and generally sprucing things up and doing maintenance on everything. I also need to build a big something or another to hold all those shoes we now have and keep them organized.


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