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Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 20, 2013 - 02:39am PT
Hello Everyone,

I've recently been volunteering at a homeless shelter for young adults and they are in a nice new building in downtown Anchorage, AK. The only problem is that they don't have any climbing shoes. The rock wall was donated by the construction company that put in the building, its about 25ft and has self belay devices.

I've been looking to find them some climbing shoes, even retired ones that they could use. We had 5 kids this last week and there was one size 11 and the rest were size 9. So anything around those sizes would be amazing but any size would be great. If anyone is able to donate shoes to these kids it would be amazing and I think really help get some of them into it. Please contact me if you are interested and I'll send my address.

A big thanks!!

Kelsey Gray
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Dec 20, 2013 - 02:42am PT
got an address to send them to?
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2013 - 06:47am PT
Kelsey Gray
2132 Misty Glen
Anchorage, AK 99502

I'll be bringing in whatever I can gather up from local sources as well as things come in. Even if it was just one pair of size 9's 4 different kids could get to use them!
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Dec 20, 2013 - 10:11am PT
When you say size 9 & 11, do you mean adult or kids sizes?
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 20, 2013 - 10:17am PT
I have a pair of Mad Rock slippers, size 10.5, that I will send you.
peter croft

climber
Dec 20, 2013 - 10:43am PT
Good for you Kelsey.
How many pairs do you need?
Let me know and I'll head to the post office today.
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
Adult sizes are best. The center works with mostly young adults up to 21, although it is not unheard of for kids to come through as well. a few kids shoes would probably not be used that often but when they were used I'm sure it would make a difference.

Right now my goal is to get one of each size from mens 5 to 12 or 13. That should cover everyone I have worked with so far in the center. Several pairs of mens size 9 would be excellent as well since that seems like the most common size!

I will be donating some of my own shoes as well which will cover the mens 14-15 sizes.

The shoes will be kept at the center and at this time not given directly to the kids to keep as they rotate through fairly often. So they will be on a per use basis to use whenever they want on the rock wall.

Thanks again everyone! I am really excited to hear we will be getting them even just a few pairs!
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 20, 2013 - 05:34pm PT
I've got unisex shoes--5.10 Neutons, Madrock Blazes--but they fit my feet, which are a womens 9 (euro 41/41.5). Is it worth sending these...they seem small for what you're requesting.

Happy to do it if you want 'em. PLMK.
Sheik aka JD

Trad climber
Dec 21, 2013 - 12:12am PT
I'm willing to donate a small pile of used and resoled katanas, muiras, bandits, etc.

Mostly sized 41.5, I believe that is US size 9.5

Compliments of http://www.ClimbingTechTips.com

Happy Holidays!

JD
Sheik aka JD

Trad climber
Dec 21, 2013 - 12:36am PT
Kelsey, feel free to post it up on ClimbingTechTips.com as well. I'll help you promote it. Anything else y'all need?
Greg Barnes

climber
Dec 21, 2013 - 02:05am PT
I'm size 9, pretty sure I have one extra pair that is lightly used (as opposed to thrashed-to-a-pulp). I do have at least one extra pair of sticky rubber approach shoes, think that'd be useful (particularly if someone has an injured foot)? How about chalk bags (old but functional)? Anything else?
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Dec 21, 2013 - 02:44am PT
I have a number of pairs I can part with. Do you think you can teach the kids to do front half resoles? Some need 'em some don't. Most are size US men's 8.5.
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2013 - 01:24am PT
Thank you everyone for the amazing response!

L: I think some of those smaller shoes would be nice, there are also some girls that came by to climb so i'm sure anything you could send would be very helpful!

Sheik aka JD: Thank you very much and thank you climbingtechtips! That will be amazing! Also I'm going to see what comes out of this post and see what shoes come in. After that I'll see if were missing any sizes that get requested so that we can get a good range and I'll post up on techtips after that to see what we can. This is so awesome!

Greg: I didn't think about the approach shoes but I think you are right! I hadn't thought about anyone with feet problem and I think that some of these kids have frostbite from living outside during the winter so that is definitely something that could help as well. A couple chalkbags is also a great idea. I told them I would bring in some chalk so I'll buy some chalk to bring in too! The center has a good stash of gear other than shoes so I think thats pretty much what will work best for them! Thank you for the generous donation and offer!

Ksolem: Thats a good question about the front half resole, I've never actually done one of them myself. Whats required in that? Thanks!!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Dec 22, 2013 - 11:02am PT
i'll send a few paris, once the xmas psychosis has settled down and i actually have some hope of seeing the counter at the post office.
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2013 - 10:02pm PT
Thanks klk - I understand that, the post office is crazy this time of year. It's very appreciated!
Prezwoodz

climber
Anchorage
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2013 - 03:35pm PT
Thank you Peter! I received your box in the mail and wow what an amazing donation! I am going to be working with the kids again on Wednesday and am really excited to have them climbing all geared up. It will be the first time many of these kids have ever tried climbing with actual climbing shoes on.

I'll let you know how it goes!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 30, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
Bumpin' for a good cause. Sorry, got nothing to offer.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 31, 2013 - 12:09pm PT

Won't get 'em off for a day or two, but will send a couple
of pair of Boreals. . .
Fires
Aces

(both with good rubber)
Sheik aka JD

Trad climber
Dec 31, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
Just learned our shipment of shoes will be a little larger than first expected.

Happy New Year!

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 2, 2014 - 11:09pm PT

Prez, mine are in the mail. Probably won't get there
until about Jan 16. . .
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