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other

Trad climber
LA, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 15, 2012 - 02:06am PT
Can anyone tell me the advantages of joining so Cal mountaineering assn vs climbing w unaffiliated partners? In the past it's been a lengthy aggravating process to prove to them that a (younger) climber is worthy of entry despite his ability, large scratched up rack and Decades of experience. Are there many hard, bd, experienced climbers in the club? They tout having an occasional reserved group camp site. Is that worth the dues and barrier to entry?
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:37am PT
They tout having an occasional reserved group camp site. Is that worth the dues and barrier to entry?

If by occasional you mean twice a month at Josh October through April, three times per year in the Valley and Tuolumne at least once per year, that much is true.

You do have to demonstrate a basic skill set: signals, belay, rap, reverse a rap, escape a belay, place pro, build an anchor. No big deal. If you've only climbed in a gym or done sport you might need to work on some of that.

For me, it's bargain at $45 per year just for the camping.
locker

Social climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:38am PT


"Is that worth the dues and barrier to entry?"...

Only you can answer that for YOURSELF...

pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:56am PT
Batten was a big part of SCMA. i never joined cuzz stoney was right down the street.
Pie

Trad climber
So-Cal
Nov 15, 2012 - 12:57pm PT
Worth joining? YES!
Regarding the barrier to entry: if you know how to climb, you take a safety test for a few hours then go climbing the rest of the day. Some of the stuff you hope to seldom use, such as escape the belay. But if you are in a pinch it is very good info to know. Easy stuff to know as mentioned above. Strange you say you are a younger climber but have decades of experience? You learn anchor building with the umbilical chord or something? If you are experienced you will have no issues.

Camping- group sites in josh all winter, idyllwild in the summers, the valley, tuolumne, dome lands, church dome, court right res, the list goes on. If it hadent been for some of these trips, I may have never thought to visit court right. 45 bucks a year for no hassle camping multiple times a month in josh? It will pay for itself is no time.

Diversity- young and old alike, there is something for most people. There are groups of people who love mountaineering, ice climbing, big hiking trips, big wall climbing, alpine climbing etc.. But the focus is on trad climbing mostly. Most people in the club have rock climbing as a commonality, but become friends with people who are interested in the same subdicipline as them. The point is you can really hone in on your area of interest.

Partnerships- there are a lot of knowledgeable people in the club, and generally if you are starting you can hook up with someone to show you around. There is always someone to climb with if you need a partner. Do some of th club members crank? Oh yea! Them old guys are rad.

I am a younger climber who just joined because I wanted to develop more partnerships and meet more people. Very happy I joined and have met some great folks
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Nov 15, 2012 - 01:56pm PT
Batten was a big part of SCMA. i never joined cuzz stoney was right down the street.

Hah! I gave Rockstar his evaluation climb! Got a six pack out of it. Jeff was a very good climber.
middle joe

Trad climber
OC
Nov 15, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
Don't forget the free cake and beer I got at the 80th birthday party Wednesday. That's worth a five spot alone..
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 03:31pm PT
Thanks for the heads up, I didn't know about this organization. I just submitted my application in anticipation of moving there next month. Need to rebuild the roster of potential partners!
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Nov 15, 2012 - 04:19pm PT
I've been in since '94. Good people all ranges of climbing ability.

The main requirement is to be a competent climber and get along well with others.

There are many advantages as stated.


Nutjob, PM me when you get to town. Let's go climbing!
Norte_Caroliña_Climber

Gym climber
BigWall Baller From the Holler
Nov 15, 2012 - 05:08pm PT
I think back a decade or thereabouts ago, there were a couple kids tearing up the valley wall scene who were in that club. Nate and Brandon? Something like that. They did some of the hardest walls around, Sea of Dreams and stuff like that.

So it might not all be lame old fuddy duddys, but theres always a bunch of them types in clubs even if all of em ain't. Guess it depends on whether you like to hang around in groups or actually get some climbing done.
other

Trad climber
LA, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 16, 2012 - 03:56am PT
In the past the requirement was to beg people to evaluate a prospective member on multiple multi pitch climbs. If they didn't already know the person they refused. That created a huge barrier to new members. By younger I mean under 55, the average age I've seen.
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Nov 16, 2012 - 11:45am PT
It's for nerds.
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:24pm PT
In the past the requirement was to beg people to evaluate a prospective member on multiple multi pitch climbs. If they didn't already know the person they refused. That created a huge barrier to new members. By younger I mean under 55, the average age I've seen.

Then don't join. You can always camp at the Pit with the meth heads. There's plenty of old timers in the club, true. Guys in their 70s and still out on the sharp end. But there's plenty of the younger crowd, too. It's not everybody's cup of tea. But that's OK, too.

It's for nerds.

We are talking about climbers.
Plan B

Ice climber
Agua Dulce,CA
Nov 16, 2012 - 12:38pm PT
Credit: Plan B
Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:33pm PT
My sense is that the SCMA has become more flexible over the recent years with respect to gaining new members. I think there's a fine line between have very strict entry requirements and potentially scaring away new members who may potentially become the future lifeblood of the organization. I think it's possible to do both and my outsider sense is that they are working toward that.

I certainly have a few friends and acquaintances who I highly respect who are members. The camping deal is well worth it by itself, as other's have noted.

When I first learned of the club years ago (late nineties), I was put off by the requirements. Something like "I would never be a member of a club that would have me as a member." :-) But I've grown and mellowed since then. I probably should join myself since for me, the hassle of finding camping often is a big hindrance to getting out there.

Eric
other

Trad climber
LA, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2012 - 04:22am PT
The way the scma works is: If you know someone you are let in with no tests. If you don't youre put through the ringer and denied even doing the eval climbs so you can never make "regular member". It doesnt matter if youve done the Nose in a day, a non connected person's climbing resume is ignored.
That are forced to be evaluated by far worse climbers and the eval is subjective. Also only members are allowed on their camp outs, no significant others, spouses or friends. Its a cult.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Nov 18, 2012 - 10:05am PT
Sounds like it's probably not for you.

Groups can be like that. Really good for some and not for others.


Personally I can't wait for you to ask me for your eval climb so I can fulfill your expectations. ;-)
Pie

Trad climber
So-Cal
Nov 18, 2012 - 01:22pm PT
Where did you get this info? A few of these statements are incorrect.
1. Every person has to take a test. No free passes are given unless you apply for honorary membership.
2. If you have done NIAD, pretty sure the club wants you.
3. You may be evaluated by a climber who doesn't climb the same grade as you. But they are making sure you are competent. If you did the NIAD, The majority of people will be worse than you. That's a pretty bitchin accomplishment.
4. Friends, spouses, midget lesbian lovers, etc... Are allowed at the camp outs are long as you are a regular member.

It seems you have already made your mind up about the club and are choosing to broadcast your displeasure.

My MO when hanging with the club is to wake up and go climbing all day with my partner then return in the evening for standard fire and bullshitting session.

other

Trad climber
LA, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2012 - 04:30am PT
apogee if you don't have an answer to the question asked then f*ck you, get lost and shut up. you are the troll shithead. have a nice day
;-)
other

Trad climber
LA, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2012 - 04:35am PT
yes the regular vs associate member. it is nearly impossible to get upgraded to regular in less then 6 months. Unless you know people. I get this info from members like gary and "spider sewerage".
This is why the number of active members gets smaller and smaller while the age gets higher and higher.
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