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.
  • 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.)
    • 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.