1. New Members
It’s always fun to see new members joining our group at each event. At a recent event at the Cliffhangers Indoor Rockclimbing facility in Coquitlam, there were two new members out of the seven that attended. Their enthusiasm was awesome to see.
2. The VIP Experience
The benefit of experiencing an activity withan organized group is the amount of personalized instruction and attention you receive. The Cliffhanger gym had allocated three staff members to handle our seven-person group. They were excellent about explaining the equipment and making sure each one of the members was comfortable and secure before climbing. The staff tied all the knots and preformed 100% of the belaying duties. They were encouraging, super friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Did we mention there were three of them?
3. Unique Features
The Cliffhangers climbing center has employed a number of auto-belayers. These unique devices allow climbers to ascend without an actual human belayer. I have a limited background in climbing, but I had never come across an auto-belaying system. Using the auto-belayer took a literal leap of faith, but it was something new and different that added a little extra to the experience.
4. Other Singles
Of the group that attended, five were guys (including me) and two were ladies. Though there was a range of climbing experience in the group, every member was physically fit and excited to climb. I noticed a number of other single lady climbers at the facility and talked to a handful of friendly fit people outside of the group. Going to an engaging physical activity like rock climbing presents an opportunity for our members to meet other active singles in an environment that is ripe with single Vancouverites with similar interests: staying fit, enjoying life and inviting challenges.
5. Post-Event Fun
After we finished climbing we carpooled over to the Boston Pizza, just off Lougheed Highway. Our host and four other members attended. We debriefed the night, laughed about our skills and shared a few stories. It was nice to sit down and talk with the others in a relaxed setting. I ordered the spicy sausage pasta. It was amazing. We also were able to discuss future events and see who was signed up for what. After hearing all the stories about last year’s snowshoe fondue adventure, I was little sad I was going to miss it. Ah well, plenty of other exciting events on the calendar. Definitely attending the Chinese New Year Parade on February 2nd.