ASCA Climb-a-thon at Planet Granite June 27th & July 18th


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Greg Barnes

Topic Author's Original Post - May 19, 2009 - 12:49pm PT
Hey everyone, Planet Granite climbing gyms have created a great Climb-a-thon for raising money for the ASCA, and they will MATCH up to $10,000 in donations! There will be two dates - June 27th at Planet Granite in San Francisco, and July 18th at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale. BBQ, beer, prizes, etc!

You can sign up for a personalized online event page, then email it to friends, so it can make the whole "donate-x-when-I-climb-500'-vertical" thing much easier (or your friends can just donate a fixed amount for you):

The traditional paper sponsor packets are available at Planet Granite as well. I'll be at both events with all sorts of old bolts, pulling gear, etc. Hope to see you there!

A big thanks to Planet Granite for making this happen!

Also thanks to Clint for the tuning fork & bolt photos (better than any of mine), and Shayd Forest for being the "model" for the poster (when we were replacing bolts on those old unknown routes right of the Dike route on Pywiack).

(screenshot of event email poster - links aren't active)

Social climber
A prison of my own creation
May 19, 2009 - 01:20pm PT
Sounds fun, but if I am climbing outside and cant make it, I will throw some dollars to ASCA anyhow.
Greg Barnes

Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2009 - 03:06pm PT
And here is the version you can email to people:
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
May 20, 2009 - 01:52pm PT
Sounds like good events, especially if there's an adequate supply of beer.

Props to all the rebolters and those who have supported the rebolting cause.

It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 20, 2009 - 03:18pm PT

Would you rather climb on this bolt:
Or this bolt?

What is the ASCA?
The ASCA is at the forefront of rebolting efforts, having replaced over 6,000 old bolts across the country using mostly volunteer efforts. Planet Granite is committed to giving back to our climbing community and will match up to $10,000 of the funds raised at these events.

The American Safe Climbing Assocation (ASCA)
 is active in California and throughout most the US, including Yosemite, Pinnacles, Red Rocks, Tahoe and more!
 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
 exists via donations from people like you!
 is a mostly volunteer only operation.

Help us raise money to support the American Safe Climbing Association
presented by Planet Granite
Lots of Prizes, Fun and Climbing! Join the ASCA and Planet Granite in two ASCA Climb-A-Thon fundraisers.
June 27th at Planet Granite San Francisco
July 18th at Planet Granite Sunnyvale
You can participate in one or both events. The minimum sponsorship is $50. From 1p-4p there will be free climbing for all participants, sponsor tables, snacks and fun. After the climbing there will be BBQ, beer, sodas, prizes, etc. for the participants. Enjoy cool music, prizes and booty from our sponsors!

You will need to register for a sponsor packet either online or visit the front desk of your local Planet Granite
Register now so that you can start fundraising. You can register as a team or individual. For more information about how the Climb-A-Thon will work, click here. The first event is in just a few weeks!
Our goal is to raise $10,000 between two events. Planet Granite will match up to $10,000 of the funds raised so we have the opportunity to raise at least $20,000. Funds raised will be used by the ASCA to purchase new hardware for bolts and anchors. Come for the fun, the community and a good cause.

About the ASCA Climb-A-Thon
How to Participate
Save a Tree and Sign up NOW Online
About Planet Granite
About the ASCA

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Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 20, 2009 - 03:30pm PT
Thanks for all your work on this, Greg. And of course the donations by the sponsors.

Sometimes I forget that it takes a lot of donation $$ to pay for all the replacement bolts and hangers. Powers, Fixe, etc. do not donate that hardware, even though they provide a volume discount. When you have a guy like Roger Brown replacing over 330 bolts in a summer, the mass of hardware to support his efforts is huge! (I've tried to lift part of it... :-) ).

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
May 20, 2009 - 04:12pm PT

holy macka-noodle!
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
May 20, 2009 - 04:24pm PT
Yeah, Roger Brown is almost certainly the guy with the most bolts replaced next to Greg Barnes...

Clint has replaced a whole bunch as well...
Greg Barnes

Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2009 - 04:40pm PT
Yep Clint, actually the costs on some of the gear - especially the rap hangers, single or double-ring, have gotten so high lately that we've had to cut back or stop ordering them. Around triple the cost compared to 5 or 6 years ago, and double for standard hangers. Dollar tanked, steel costs went up, shipping costs went up, etc.

Roger certainly replaces more bolts per year than anyone I know, and a couple more years he'll definitely top out the replaced-with-a-hand-drill category. I've probably done 2/3 of my 1600+ with a hand drill, and I don't know how many Kevin Powell did with what, but he'd tallied up around 1500 bolts replaced, and that was 10 years ago!

Bruce H must be way up there too!
Greg Barnes

Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2009 - 04:47pm PT
t*r, that link is to sign up for the event, and then send info to friends who donate in your name. Planet Granite will match donations, but if you aren't going to the event it'd be better to wait and donate to a friend's Climb-a-thon page. If you don't know anyone who's going to participate, I'm not quite sure on how to work it. Let me get back to you on that!

Thanks! Greg

San Fran Cisco
May 20, 2009 - 04:54pm PT
"Details and goals of the event: A Climb-A-Thon is just like any other “A-Thon” fundraiser, except the participants will be climbing vertical feet to reach their goals! Participants can work in teams or individually. You set the goal and raise the money. Your friends and family who sponsor you can donate a flat fee, for example $20, or do a “per foot” climbed sponsorship. Every participant who raises $100 will receive a free ASCA t-shirt. There will also be other prizes and fun activities, such as prizes for the most vertical feet climbed. The event is followed by BBQ; beer for participants and their belayers."


Santa Monica, CA
May 20, 2009 - 06:03pm PT
Greg have you got any plans for a So. Cal event?

Our gyms down here, Oy....
Greg Barnes

Topic Author's Reply - May 20, 2009 - 07:20pm PT
No plans for socal - this is a Planet Granite idea to begin with, and they've done basically everything! Aside from some text & pics, and some bolt displays that I made, they've done it all, so that's at least 99% of the work setting this thing up. They wanted to help us out, and this way they can double their support, and have a fun event at a couple of their gyms too!
Greg Barnes

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2009 - 04:10pm PT
Bump - first event, at the San Francisco gym (in the Presidio), is getting closer!

A photo from last weekend at noon - not too many climbers up there, because most of them were a lot smarter (and a whole lot drier) than we were:

scuffy b

Sinatra to Singapore
Jun 3, 2009 - 04:57pm PT
Hey out there

For people like t*r and I, who want to donate, but not

Who can we support to assure matching funds?
Greg Barnes

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2009 - 11:13pm PT
scuffy, tr, and anyone else who wants to have their donations matched but doesn't know anyone doing the Climb-a-thon - Planet Granite will match your donations if they are specifically earmarked for this event!

SO - if you'd like to donate and have your donation matched, you can:
 donate by Paypal off of the ASCA website (the "Make a Donation" button)
 donate by check to: ASCA, PO Box 1814, Bishop, CA 93515

And please email me that your donation is for the Planet Granite Climb-a-thon. You can also write a note on the check, or a note in the Paypal donation process. I will reply to your email so you can be sure I received it (it seems like a good number of emails disappear into the spam-filtering nether world...).

Thanks to Planet Granite - this is really cool of them to match donations!!


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jun 3, 2009 - 11:20pm PT
Though I plan to be geographically out of the loop by then, if perchance I did run into someone, say my partner from our, 'El cap in a day, in a gym (which was PGSF, oddly enough). event' - what's her name, how much might we raise, and what, really would that money go to?
Greg Barnes

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2009 - 11:30pm PT
Hey Jaybro - it would go towards buying more bolts & hangers - for instance, we've postponed buying more double-ring Fixe rap station hangers since they have gotten so expensive (higher steel prices, depressed dollar, higher shipping costs). We have also cut way back on pre-camo hangers (tan camo primarily), saving ones we already have for the places where they are required (JT, Red Rocks) - we could send more of them to places where they are nice but not required. Wholesale hanger prices (and european bolt prices) have at least doubled in the past few years, as anyone who buys them pro-deal knows.

Sebastopol, CA
Jun 4, 2009 - 05:34pm PT
Excellent... will be there, or at least send $$$.

Thanks for all your good work, Greg!

Social climber
Santa Cruz Mountains/Los Gatos
Jun 10, 2009 - 01:28pm PT
shouldn't this be on the front page???

I like new bolts.
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