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spearshaker

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 9, 2012 - 01:20pm PT
I am looking for individuals to donate shoes and money towards a high school rock climbing club. I teach at a high school in Fresno, CA (McLane). We are located 1 mile from MetalMark Climbing Gym. I really want to introduce these kids to climbing, but it is going to take gear and money, neither of which they (or I) have on hand. A large percentage of my students are low-income, foster-kids, etc. It just seems like such a great opportunity being located so near a climbing gym. The gym is going to advertise a shoe donation program, and is also offering reduced rates for my students, but we have a gap to fill if I am going to make this happen. My students live in one of the most financially strapped areas in the nation. I need new and used shoes, money for harnesses (don't want to take on the liability for used harnesses), as well as belay devices. I am NOT a non-profit so there will be no write-off. My goal is to introduce as many students as possible to climbing, and then have 20+ students as part of a 2-3 climbing session/week at the gym. I will be fundraising, but am looking at about $5,000 + gear to get this started. If you have any desire to help out, please email me. I am making no money from this, and I am not being paid for sponsoring the club. I can verify my employment and proof of what I am trying to accomplish. Hopefully this works. Will Haskins
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 9, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
What kind of belay devices are ok for the gym you are taking them to?
WBraun

climber
Dec 9, 2012 - 04:43pm PT
I teach at a high school in Fresno, CA (McLane).


Gimme money and shoes.

Yet you have an anonymous login name.

Post your real name and photo so we know you are really legit.

Whoops see the name at the end sorry ....
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 9, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
Werner, he signed Will Haskins. There is a Will Haskins on the staff directory for McLane HS Fresno...(google)

Edit: we crossposted, WB
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Dec 10, 2012 - 01:23pm PT
We gots some used shoes if you have an address to ship them to. If you are NOT a Nigerian, email me.
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 10, 2012 - 01:38pm PT
^^^ or the Finance Minister c#m Chief Aid-de-Campe of the Illustrious but Recently Deposed Leader of the Free People's Provisional Government of South Eastern Swiberia




I have some pretty funky old shoes that need resoles. Are you willing to take those or is it too much of a hassle to deal with?
Spanky

Social climber
boulder co
Dec 10, 2012 - 01:49pm PT
That's fighting the good fight. I work at a low income high school as well. I'm in North Denver and the school is in a low income area. I started a climbing club at the school 4 years ago when I started and its been great. I ended up getting harnesses and belay devices donated and got a size run of demo shoes from La sportiva. We go to the gym once a week after school and do a few local comps. I have taken a few of the kids to eldorado and boulder canyon. I know what you're saying about opening kids eyes to this sport. So many of them live so close to great climbing and didn't even know it was there. I have a core crew of 6-8 kids who climb every week and it has definitely enriched their lives. One kid was so close to dropping out but he got hooked on climbing and I believe it kept him in school. Some of them have even kept climbing after they graduated. I'm saying all this because at first the idea seemed daunting but once it was up and running the rewards were obvious to both the kids and myself so keep working at it. Even if a couple of them stick with it its worth the effort.
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Dec 10, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
Will,
Can I bring donations into the gym in Fresno? Just leave it in your name? I will be working down that way next week and will be spending some time at the gym.

Erik
michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Dec 10, 2012 - 02:56pm PT
Ask Evolv to send you about 400 units of their rental shoes.


@Russ W. I'm not a Nigerian, can I email you? :]
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Dec 10, 2012 - 03:28pm PT
when do you need them?
spearshaker

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2012 - 05:06pm PT
Wow. Just logged on and can't believe the response. Thanks everyone! My address is 631 W Lisbon Lane, Clovis, CA, 93619. Clovis, Ca is a town next to Fresno, which is where I live. You can mail me your gear. I am willing to take anything you send. To put this into perspective, I had kids on my cross-country team this year who were running and racing in shoes that were completely worn through in 3-4 spots...running on bare feet basically. I will take any belay devices or shoes. Anything with a little rubber is better than tennis shoes. I am willing to take shoes that need resoles. My gym is allowing me to set up a box for donations...will have it set up this week. Just leave it in the box. I will start emailing you all individually as well. Thanks for your support!
spearshaker

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2012 - 05:34pm PT
My phone number is 503-869-3700 if you want to chat before sending gear. It is an Oregon number, but just because I just moved from Portland, OR.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Dec 10, 2012 - 05:37pm PT
I'll have a box on the way tomorrow with somewhere between 5 and 8 pairs in there. Mens and womens, nothing real fancy but should get some kids up on the walls for a while. Good luck with your project.

Edit for MichaelD: ummm... yeah, if you are that lonely, go ahead and email me.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 10, 2012 - 05:53pm PT
I just sent 10 draws, some lockers, and a brand new pair of shoes to the Philippines (or was it just Nigeria), so I'm tapped out.

But if you can guarantee that this renewed infestation of climbers will confine it's activities to the big ditch just up the road I guess I could come up with a bag of 1/4" bolts,..
spearshaker

Trad climber
fresno, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2012 - 09:04pm PT
Toker,

This is a legit request. Feel free to call me to discuss. I left my phone number.

Will Haskins
susan peplow

climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Dec 10, 2012 - 10:00pm PT
Will this is a good dead you're doing! Russ will get a box for you sent out. Coincidentally we were just talking about what to do with some old crusty shoes and now we know. They vary on condition but many with good rubber. Normally I wouldn't suggest it but a tumble in the wash may be a good idea to freshen them up.

Get the girls at your school ready for the gym adventure! A handful or better are ladies shoes of variety quality and types.

It's refreshing to see someone enjoying their job and actually cares about these students and their life experiences. Your efforts are truly inspiring as you could easily be spending your nights and weekends self-absorbed like so many of us are.

Good on you and happiness and success in your acts of kindness!

~Susan


phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 11, 2012 - 10:38am PT
I have a pair of shoes, a locking biner and an ATC to send. But before I send the items in the photo below, please ask your gym if they are allowed as belay devices. The first two are Salewa Sticht plates and the last three are Figure 8s:

belay devices
belay devices
Credit: phylp
Guernica

climber
right there, right then
Dec 11, 2012 - 11:42am PT
I'll send some old aces, keep up the good work!
Pennsylenvy

Gym climber
A dingy corner in your refrigerator
Dec 11, 2012 - 11:54am PT
Will gonna look through some things. Have some brand new running shoes also. Give me a wee bit of time. Tim
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Dec 11, 2012 - 01:25pm PT
spearshaker...

I also have some shoes I can donate but don't really have the extra cash to just be tossing it around like I was rich...

If you'd be willing to cover the S&H I'd be happy to send them over...

Let me know!!!...

I probably have at least four pairs I could part with...
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