SLO Op will be closing --> Get ready for The Pad SLO

Okay, we have a firm date: kinda.

SLO Op will close its climbing doors on Dec 1ish.

We need to extract the foam and move it to the new location, so depending on how the process goes, weights and climbing will be limited but not necessarily totally done by then.

Yoga will continue until the new gym is open. Also, please remember that it's a good excuse to go enjoy our Santa Maria location. We will also be administering belay and lead tests to MEMBERS ONLY during the closure. More details to follow.

Get ready for sweet new routes!

New membership rates will go up on Dec 1, but all current members will not see their memberships go up until after we open the gym. 

Get stoked!! And remember - we have gift certificates for the holidays! Buy them now and save on the increase!

Update on The Pad SLO

Well, we had our "grand opening" party which turned into more of our preview party. But that's okay. We had awesome vendors, high psych, Headstrong brought the party with an obstacle course, bounce house and BBQ. We had wine and beer and cider, oh my! And Paleo treats!

But moreover, we had joy and we had psych. Nonmembers came and their jaws dropped. Members came and they salivated with glee. Investors and loaners and even past SLO Opers drove just to attend.

We felt the love guys. We hope, if you attended, you did too.

We now finally have an update: the new gym should be open on or before December 15th. We anticipate SLO Op being shut down for about a week before the new gym opens, but when it does, oh ho . . . are you guys in for a treat.

Many thanks to the amazing Kaori photo for the shots!

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Update on SLO Op ---> The Pad

Todd, Jared, and Yishai working on stuff.

Todd, Jared, and Yishai working on stuff.

Hi guys, your friendly Executive Director here. I wish I had better news to report right now, but everyone keeps asking and we've been holding off on news until we know more about what's going on.

The short version is that pretty much EVERY road bump that could be thrown at us once the permits were done for the new building has been thrown at us. I promise when this is all done, I will do the most epic write up if you're curious because I think it's important to recognize both that this was not an easy project for those who think "anyone can do something if they try hard enough" and also to give as much recognition to the people that helped us navigate every bump, and there were (and continue to be) so, so many. None of this would be possible without a little help from friends.

We'd originally hoped to be open by September for the new Cal Poly year, but that came and went, but we believed we were mostly on track until a couple weeks ago when it became clear we were not. 

I do NOT have an opening date for the new gym, nor a closing date for the old one. We want to keep SLO Op open as long as possible so we don't have a huge break because we need your guys' membership money to keep running while this all goes on. 

What we're waiting on:

  • Some really important supplies and processes and plans didn't come together correctly and we're having to correct them. Some supplies are difficult to source and that may be the reason for a delay (really, it's funny, the whole gym could be ready but something like a specific, fancy heater that we'll never use could mean we can't open (happened to us at the Santa Maria gym).
  • We have to close SLO Op when it's time to install the foam in the bouldering area as we need to move that foam over to the new gym. We don't want to install the foam now because that just means SLO Op is closed and the new gym's not ready. We've got to get all the other stuff like bathrooms and offices ready to go, and even then, I'm not sure how the city will like us opening only half the building (we're working on it).
  • There was a delay with the roof installation, which caused Walltopia to be delayed putting up the walls on the rope side. We can theoretically open the bouldering side when the above is finished, but not 100% on that.

Anyway, that's where we're at. Staff is ready to go, we just have to make sure the construction is. This is a major project where we went from empty building to half of it with a new roof, three stories of epic stuff, and totally new floor layouts for things. It's a big project and each little part has to be perfect to go off. Unfortunately it wasn't.

We've been through this before with The Pad in Santa Maria, and in the end, we all know it will be worth it, but we can't give you any sweet deets. Wish we could. The vague not knowing bothers all of us, contractors, staff, members. We promise to continue to update you - Facebook and Instagram get little updates frequently, so check there first. I just shared a tour with you guys of the current state so go check it out!

Bouldering wall done, routes going up. Needs foam and finish work now!

Bouldering wall done, routes going up. Needs foam and finish work now!

Rope walls going up . . . columns need to be fireproofed, sprinklers installed, roof insulated, lighting, rails, etc.

Rope walls going up . . . columns need to be fireproofed, sprinklers installed, roof insulated, lighting, rails, etc.

New gym changes FAQ!

New member? Considering membership? What does the upcoming transition mean for me?

  • When will the new gym be open?
    • It's a really complicated construction project, so we have a window of October 24-November 7th. We will keep updating you as we know more.
  • When will the SLO gym close?
    • We are going to try to minimize the time one is down and the other is up. We estimate we'll be closed for two weeks at both locations as we transition, but we're hoping to allow limited access depending on how route setting and installation goes while we take stuff out of SLO Op and move it to the new gym. At the very least, we will have a soft opening with hours to help people get belay certified and get tours ahead of official opening.
  • Will I have to pay for my membership when the SLO Op closes for the transition?
    • We will not pro-rate or refund people for the time SLO Op is down and The Pad is up. We just don't have the manpower to do it and we're operating in good faith that a couple weeks at the old rate is worth having an epic new gym at a killer price. You can always go down to Santa Maria or climb outside in the meantime to expend that psych energy!
  • Will the rate change for membership?
    • Yes. Base membership will go from $55 to $65 at the SLO location. This includes all our expanded classes, clinics, events, and of course the epic new gym. You will have access to The Pad in Santa Maria for this price.
    • The price will not change for our Santa Maria location, but reciprocal membership will require paying membership at the new rate.
  • Will there still be 24/7 unstaffed access?
    • Of course. We wouldn't be us without that! The SLO gym is designed to have bouldering be 24/7 access but the roped area will be gated when we are unstaffed.
  • What will the new hours be?
    • We are thinking about changing visitor hours for Santa Maria's location but nothing confirmed yet.
    • The SLO gym will be open 11 am to 10 pm to visitors.
  • What should I get excited about?
    • Events! Showers! Slacklines! Ropes! Kids' area! Tons of yoga and other fitness classes. Courses designed to get you good at climbing! We are EXCITED about making this go!

      Questions? Email executive directors/future The Pad owner: Kristin@ThePadClimbing.org

SLO Op (soon to be “The Pad Climbing”) is hiring!

After over 15 years at the country’s first non-profit, we’re going for-profit and we’re raising the roof! At the end of October, The Pad Climbing will feature two fitness studios, two weight areas, a slack line, showers, training area, youth area, roped climbing, and, of course, bouldering!

Our motto is: Climbing. Yoga. Community. Love.


Be a part of an amazing community!

Be a part of an amazing community!

We’re looking to take what we’ve started to the next level, and we need amazing people on our team to help us. Our staff is the special sauce that makes us one of the most supportive environments you’ll find in a climbing community and we want to keep that going.

As a team member, you’ll enjoy a team atmosphere where everyone works together to meet goals and create new ones, meet awesome people, be encouraged to innovate and reach out in new and interesting ways, and develop yourself within the gym and for future careers. We believe in investing in our staff as much as you will invest with us. We look for hard workers who won’t let others’ down. The system only works if our members and fellow staff feel supported and elevated by each other. We are looking for true ambassadors of not only the sport of climbing but of San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and the gym itself.


 

Diversity: We do not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic mutant superhero skill, or any other protected class. We support and encourage workplace diversity.


Date to begin paid training is estimated to be: 9/15. We will host a mandatory training retreat for all front desk and coaches at a date TBD on a weekend between then and opening.  Scheduled hours and regular employment is estimated to begin 10/20

Requirements:

  • Able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs

  • Able to walk/stand for 8 hour days

  • Regular access to a computer, email, Internet, and a mobile phone

  • Fluent in English

How do I apply?

  • If you are not already familiar with us, please do your research. We expect to have a competitive pool of applicants and extra weight will be given to those who have an invested history with our organization.

    • Submit a cover letter, two professional or organizational references, and resume to Torri@SLO-OpClimbing.org by August 1. We want to know why you’d be perfect to join our team.

      • If you have a great hobby, if you’ve produced something awesome, or if you’ve lead and inspired others, we want to hear about it!  

      • Please speak to the position that you’re interested in with the cover letter

      • Please indicate which of the following positions you are interested in when you submit your application.

      • Please indicate which location you’d be willing to work at.

  • Volunteer positions as they currently are will also be available in limited supply. Please also submit letters of interest for these.

  • Interviews will be in-person and/or via computer conference August 4-6. Interviewers will be a committee consisting of the person who will be your direct supervisor and one or two managers of the gym.

    • If you are already a volunteer or in employ, you should resubmit your interest to us, but your supervisor may opt to skip the interview process for you. Other candidates will still be interviewed.

    • Yoga/fitness positions will be hired by tryout separately from this interview window.


Openings in San Luis Obispo

Belay/floor staff - $11/hour to start, minimum 4 blocked hours/week.

  • You are part of a pool of part time belay staff for private events or individuals

  • Birthday party hosting

  • Keeping things organized / light cleaning

  • Working as a team to cover shifts as needed

  • We will look for opportunities to provide staff with additional roles and leadership opportunities

  • This is a very flexible position, allowing for changing hours each week and time off as needed.  You will be scheduled as well as have the opportunity to take on additional hours when events are scheduled.

Front desk staff - $12/hour to start, minimum 4 hours/week.

  • You are part of a regular corps of crew members who serve as the representatives of the gym.

  • You will engage in all customer service transactions: phone, email, and social media inquiries, processing cancellations and suspensions

  • Social media posting while on shift

  • Reconciling cash coming through The Pad

  • Keeping things organized / light cleaning

  • Administering Belay and Lead tests

  • Supervising safety on floor

  • Checking in class participants

  • Selling memberships and day passes

  • Selling retail

  • Work as a team to cover shifts as needed

  • We will look for opportunities to provide staff with additional roles and leadership opportunities

  • Should be selected based on contribution to member environment

  • Other responsibilities may include: scheduling, graphic design, event production, and outreach for groups and nonprofits

Climbing program coach - $12/hour to start, minimum 4 hours/week

  • We will be hosting both youth programs and adult climbing development classes, ideal candidates should be comfortable with both groups, but exceptions made for exceptional coaches.

  • Teaching classes/clinics on a regular schedule

  • Working as a team to cover as needed

  • Innovating new courses and opportunities

  • Organizing/light cleaning of dedicated spaces

Fitness class instructor - $30/hour to start

  • We will be hosting yoga, barre, pilates, bootcamp, and more. Interested instructors, please contact us.

  • Teaching classes on a regular schedule

  • Working as a team to cover as needed

  • Innovating new courses and opportunities

  • Organizing/light cleaning of dedicated spaces

  • Instructors should be selected based on compatibility with gym demographics (a more athletic/crosstraining/mindfulness philosophy than spiritual basis)

Route setter - $11+ hour to start depending on experience

  • Route setters will have the challenge of maintaining new routes between both our locations, working at height, and bringing the highest quality routes to our members and guests. Route setting is the most important amenity we offer.

  • Putting up new holds in a constant rotation

  • Ensuring there are an appropriate number of routes for each level following the Operations Plan

  • Cleaning the holds

  • Organizing holds

  • You are expected to continually working to improve individual skill through attending clinics, climbing in other gyms, and climbing outside.

Current openings in Santa Maria

Front desk staff - $12/hour to start, minimum 4 hours/week.

  • You are part of a regular corps of crew members who serve as the representatives of the gym.

  • You will engage in all customer service transactions: phone, email, and social media inquiries, processing cancellations and suspensions

  • Social media posting while on shift

  • Reconciling cash coming through The Pad

  • Keeping things organized / light cleaning

  • Supervising safety on floor

  • Checking in class participants

  • Selling memberships and day passes

  • Selling retail

  • Work as a team to cover shifts as needed

  • We will look for opportunities to provide staff with additional roles and leadership opportunities

  • Should be selected based on contribution to member environment

  • Other responsibilities may include: scheduling, graphic design, event production, and outreach for groups and nonprofits

Climbing program coach - $12/hour to start, minimum 4 hours/week

  • We will be hosting both youth programs and adult climbing development classes, ideal candidates should be comfortable with both groups, but exceptions made for exceptional coaches.

  • Teaching classes/clinics on a regular schedule

  • Working as a team to cover as needed

  • Innovating new courses and opportunities

  • Organizing/light cleaning of dedicated spaces

Fitness class instructor - $30/hour

  • We will be hosting yoga, barre, pilates, bootcamp, and more. Interested instructors, please contact us.

  • Teaching classes on a regular schedule

  • Working as a team to cover as needed

  • Innovating new courses and opportunities

  • Organizing/light cleaning of dedicated spaces

  • Instructors should be selected based on compatibility with gym demographics (a more athletic/crosstraining/mindfulness philosophy than spiritual basis)

Route setter - $11-12/hour depending on experience

  • Route setters will have the challenge of maintaining new routes between both our locations, working at height, and bringing the highest quality routes to our members and guests. Route setting is the most important amenity we offer.

  • Putting up new routes in a constant rotation

  • Ensuring there are an appropriate number of routes for each level following the Operations Plan

  • Cleaning the holds

  • Organizing holds

  • Inspecting walls and fixtures for safety

  • Setting for competitions (long days)

  • Working competitions

  • You are expected to continually working to improve individual skill through attending clinics, climbing in other gyms, and climbing outside.

Paddie Potluck a Success

We had another wonderful Friday potluck! Come out next time and meet our supportive crew, new members, and friendly long time Paddies. You don't need an icebreaker because we've got climbing and you've got eats!

Our new setter gets certified for the new gym

I am so psyched to be returning to San Luis Obispo this fall to take on the role of Head Route Setter for The Pad’s two facilities in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. In preparation for that transition and to ensure Pad climbers are getting the very best, I recently attended USA Climbing’s two-day setting clinic in San Francisco. One day had a focus on ropes at Touchstone’s Mission Cliffs and one on bouldering at Dogpatch. The climbing experience in any gym is distinctly affected by the vision of route setters, and our ability to encourage creative movement and flow. For that reason, I am really looking forward to bring back some invaluable tips and tricks learned from two of the best route setters in the country. I joined setters from New York, Seattle, Nevada and all over the country, which allowed me to observe and work with tons of styles and methods. I am super excited for this fall to share this variety and new perspective with the SLO and Santa Maria communities.

As a routesetter, movement is always on my mind. Forcing moves and creating unique sequences that flow was a major focus of the clinic. Thinking of how to compel a climber to make individual types of moves such as; a toe hook, mantel, rose move, or shadow walk, can be one of the most rewarding yet difficult aspects of creating quality boulder problems and routes. In the clinic, I worked on getting out of my comfort and setting different styles of moves that I do not ordinarily gravitate towards. Jumping is one of my weaknesses as a climber, and putting up a run and jump climb that someone 5 and half feet tall as well as 6 and a half feet tall both had to jump for and catch was an interesting challenge in forcing moves for completely different body types. Being able to set a wide range of moves and styles is something I plan to bring to The Pad. Making the gym fun and approachable for everyone is an important goal of mine.

The main focus of USA Climbing is competition setting. Competitions offer a unique way for route setters to showcase our artistry as well as give the community the chance to push themselves on enticing challenges. An important component of any competition is testing the community in a large range of styles and techniques to equally separate the field of climbers and give everyone a chance to win. No matter what your favorite style of climbing is, there will be climbs that make you think, “I need to climb that.” One exercise during the clinic focused on techniques for youth competition setting. I am passionate about involving kids in climbing at a young age, and ensuring they have an opportunity to learn and develop a love for the sport. With SLO’s new climbing gym on its way, competitions will be bigger, more exciting, and even more fun. No matter what age you are, make sure you set aside the day to enjoy some incredible routes alongside our amazing climbing community.

Joe's certifed legit

Can't wait to get a taste of those new routes!

And so it begins . . .

One June 1, "The Pad Climbing" for profit took possession of the new location at 888 Ricardo Lane. We start construction this week, with the old laminate flooring being carted off by people living in vans to pimp their rigs, as it should be.

We hope that by mid-to-late October, "The Pad SLO" will be open to everybody, and you know we'll update you as things happen. It's a good idea to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (links top right) or to join our email list if you don't want to miss the grand opening.

Last night we had a tour of the newly acquired building. We put up little signs to show you where stuff would go, and it was so awesome to see the psych. One of our investors, and a long time loaner and SLO Oper seemed to be literally vibrating with psych. :) 

Next steps:

  • Remove the existing interior structures to make way for the ones we'll be adding.
  • RAISE THE ROOF - HOLLA
  • Walltopia comes in to install walls
  • Foam floors and other finishing touches installed.
  • Route setting!

What's happening on the membership front?

  • We will likely have to close SLO Op two weeks before the new gym is ready to open to move stuff over. SLO Op itself will be demolished and become a blank warehouse again, ready for rental by a new group. If you have anything you want out of our fixtures, please let us know. We'll likely be selling and giving away stuff, and knowing you want it ahead of time is good for us. (Not holds, we're keeping our holds.) We will NOT be suspending or prorating your membership during this time - it will cost us too much in labor and time to do so - hopefully you feel your membership support is worth it (we do need your money!) and if you feel a climbing hankering coming on, that's a great excuse to check out the Pad in Santa Maria.
  • Membership rates: the new gym is EXPENSIVE. It will also be AWESOME (see below). Rates will be going up, but not exorbitantly. The plan right now is by $10. The Pad members in Santa Maria will not see a rate change, however if you want reciprocal membership with the new gym, you'll need to pay the fee difference.
  • 24 hours is still the plan for the bouldering area and weight rooms
  • Stuff coming with the new gym:
    • Climbing - DUH. Cracks, leading, all of it.
    • Classes! Learn to lead. Learn to top rope. Get better, faster, stronger!
    • So many fun events!
    • Youth program! We'll have after school stuff, camps, and birthday parties. EVEN a toddler group! (And regular members don't stress, there's a kid area partitioned off from everything else.)
    • SO MUCH TRAINING SPACE
    • Bigger weight space with more amenities
    • Showers!
    • The slackline is back!
    • Lounge area reservable for meetings and whatever
    • Barre, more yoga, and more! We have two studios available for all the good stuff all the time!
    • Village Parenting - we're going to try using our kid area during slower times in the middle of the day for parents to come and watch eachothers' kids while you take turns climbing, training, or getting work done.

What's happening on the organization front?

SLO Op, the nonprofit 501c7 will dissolve on opening day of the new gym, transferring assets to founders Kristin and Yishai Horowitz, who will then transfer their share to The Pad Climbing (an S Corp) with an already established pool of investors and board members who are working now to prepare everything. The country's first nonprofit bouldering gym is saying goodbye so that it can grow. We're so grateful to everyone that made us what we are today - whether you helped put a piece of the gym together, loaned us money, or simply were a member or supporter.

The gym itself will be rebranded as "The Pad" (SLO) to keep it simple - but we'll all know what you mean when you call it SLO Op. We are making last-run T-Shirts that will be available to order online or buy in person before we shut down so you can rep being  a part of something amazing.

The same people that ran the gym you loved for years are still the same people running the new entity. Our early founders are now investors and board members, our crew and route setters are going to be given priority at the new desk, belay, and other staff jobs. Kristin and Yishai will remain majority owners and day to day heads of operation. 

Are you worried stuff's gonna change for the worse? Don't be. We worried when we moved out of Alamo Self Storage. We worried when we moved out of E5 Suburban. We worried when we moved to Santa Maria. But the honest truth is that it literally only gets better. We expect nothing but the same trend now.

So, ONWARD AND UPWARD!

Update on new construction in SLO!

It's been a while since we put anything out, so I thought it might be a good idea to do so!

SLO Op IV, aka, The Pad for-profit, is on track for opening this fall!

  • We've secured our new location (888 Ricardo Court in SLO)
  • We've gotten city permits to raise the roof to 35' in the roped climbing area
  • We're done with architectural permitting and through the first round of plan checks
  • We've completed the wall design and look forward to having Walltopia install the walls in the fall
  • We've hired Precision Building Group to execute our tenant improvements; this is especially exciting because they happen to be long time SLO Opers, and they are in support of hiring local contractors who are also SLO Opers for work to keep the tradition of SLO Opers building SLO OP - so you know construction will be great and this huge part of it will be done with love for what we're doing.
  • Founding of new for-profit S Corp, "The Pad."
  • We've completed our investment funding rounds, and formed a corporate board of SLO Op/Pad lovers and supporters
  • We're finishing up the new business plan and starting to thinking about the hiring process
  • We've hired our former assistant setter, Joe Maier, as our full time head setter 

Final steps :

  • Securing bank funding for the rest of the money needed for tenant improvements (our bank was bought out and we're working with a new one)
  • Hiring (do not send resumes, please - we will put the call out when it's time)
  • Physical building once we begin the lease on June 1! We will be constructing concurrently while the old gym stays open - it will close down (with ample warning) RIGHT before grand opening so we can take over needed equipment, etc.
  • Closing current SLO Op location a couple weeks before hand to take parts out and start deconstruction of the gym
  • NEW GYM! WEEEE!!!

We'll keep updating you as more comes along!

Hoping for a late September opening date, but we'll see - construction is a process!

Questions? Email kristin@slo-opclimbing.org

Looking for info on the comp this weekend?

Our next comp is Feb 11 at <The Pad> - Click to register online and save $$

 

The best way to harness your psych!

It's our annual spring event! We have two comps in one: CCS for the collegiate climbers and Open Citizens for everyone else.

Why compete? For most people, climbing is not inherently a competitive thing. While there is a format that allows us to quantify skill, the real value in climbing comps is the level of support you get from your peers, the extra “push” you get in trying to do your best that day on all-new routes you’ve never climbed before, and the big ol’ party that celebrates what you love!

We will have finals and a children's division!

SLO Op comps feature:

  • cheap entry that covers guest setters, free beer, and refreshments for the setters who work three solid days to get ready for this thing
  • new shirt designs
  • prizes like chalkbags, ropes, shoes, and stickers
  • free beer
  • food available from neighboring vendors
  • dj or emcee keeping the energy up the whole time
  • And don’t forget the extras, like our famous ALPINE KNOT TYING CONTEST!

We'll also be doing a gear swap! Bring your gear with a price and we'll sell it for you! (10% will go to SLO Op, checks made at the end of the comp, unclaimed gear is considered a donation)

If you’re not from here, we suggest you check out all the awesome stuff there is to do in SLO: we’ve got beaches, wine tasting, great food and bars, and climbing *in town!*

RULES

  • CCS is for college students participating in a statewide competition. Everyone else registers for the citzen class.
  • Be courteous of others (obviously). Be aware of your surroundings at all times and do not climb if it is unsafe for you or others around you.
  • How to compete:
    • Points are earned by completing a problem from start to finish with a controlled final hold.
    • Record each attempt made (every time your feet leave the mats).
    • All natural features are "off" unless otherwise noted.
    • If a hold breaks or spins, step off immediately or the attempt will count - contact a staff member for a fix.
    • Please have 2 witnesses initial your score card to verify falls and completion.
    • Final score is the sum of your 5 highest point problems with a 10 point deduction per fall.
    • If you think you are doing well, save some energy for finals - about an hour after the general competitions close. We do top CCS AND top Citizens' Comp
  • Do not sandbag - if you climb below your ability and then do a three or more hard climbs for points, we will bump you into the next category. 
    • Categories are:
      • CCS (no gender or skill division)
      • Beginner (V0-V2), men's and women's
      • Intermediate (V3-V4), men's and women's
      • Advanced (V5-V6), men's and women's
      • Open (V7+), men's and women's
      • Youth (14 and under)
  • Falls count, but don't make or break you. Climb accordingly.
  • You will have four hours to climb your heart out. Turn your scoresheet in at the front of the gym. After we will have food for sale, beer for donation, and games. Enjoy!

Up at the Pad, we're serious about fitness!

We’re hosting a summer party at The Pad to bring all the active outlets and fun people of Santa Maria together and celebrate our one year anniversary!

You’ll find our vendors will each have a fun game that rewards booth visitors learning about health and fitness with Pad monopoly money. Redeem your bucks for prizes after and get your climb on!
Free for all, $12 to climb for nonmembers. All entrants must sign a waiver. You can fill out our waiver here ahead of time (you have to create an account: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/admhome?studioid=4587)

List of current vendors attending:
Discovery Museum
SB Bike Coalition
Cycle Star Bike Shop
Social Ice Cream
Whalebird Kombucha
Get Out Stay Out youth outdoor program
Los Flores Ranch Park
Juice Plus
US Cryotherapy
Project Teen Health
SMV Trail Runners
Moxie Cafe – appetizers
Marian Regional Hospital
Orcutt Fitness Club
Central Coast Skate League
Norwex Cleaning Products

SLO-Op is raising the roof!

We know we’ve been hinting at it for a while, but we were waiting for the official word from the city for use approval: SLO Op will be moving to 888 Ricardo Court in SLO in Fall 2017 – and we’ll be raising the roof in order to make room for ropes! Keep reading for the answers to all of your questions!

What will the new gym be like?

We’ll continue to offer 24/7 bouldering – and we’re expanding our weight room and yoga offerings – while adding a ton of new features!

#imapaddie

This month, in honor of the month of gratitude, we wanted to thank our champions and their stories by starting a campaign called #imapaddie

Meet The Pad Climbing supporters, friends, and members and find out why they are Paddies!

If you see this shirt around, ask what their story is or find out their @!

You can follow all the stories here on our TagBoard and we’ll be giving out shirts and appreciation prizes throughout the month to great #imapaddie stories!

Get involved and tell the world why you’re a Paddie!

Rules to be elligible for a shirt or other prize:

  • Please tell your social media family about your the Pad/SLO Op story.
  • Include a link to the video when you do so.
    • Here is the video link on Facebook (use it for Facebook posts, please): https://www.facebook.com/thepadclimbing/videos/1684791771736870/
    • And on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD-2l22aXl0
  • Please include #imapaddie in the message
 
If you see this shirt around, ask them what their story is and their @!

If you see this shirt around, ask them what their story is and their @!