The Pad Climbing offers gym-to-crag instruction!

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Looking to hit the rocks outside but don’t know where to get started?

We’re pleased to announce that we’re now offering two courses to get you going in San Luis Obispo:

First classes:

1/19/19 1:30pm - Essential Knots for Rock Climbing and Rappelling

1/26/19 1:30pm - Anchor Building 101
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Essential Knots - $45

Spend 90-minutes learning essential climbing knots and their applications in outdoor climbing. It’s not just about tying in, it’s about being able to do ALL the things!

Material covered:

  • Terms: What are knots, hitches, bends, and bights?

  • Knots for tying in: Figure 8 followthrough vs Bowline (Single, Double, Yosemite, Edwards)

    • Stopper knots and the Yosemite finish

  • Knots and hitches for anchor building: Overhand knot on a bight, clove hitch, friction hitches (prussik, kleimheist, French prussik/autoblock)

  • Knots for rappelling: Double fisherman’s, Flemish bend, in-line overhand (aka Euro death knot), and figure 8 on a bight

  • Other knots and hitches: Barrell Knot, Square Knot, Alpine Butterfly, Girth Hitch, Munter Hitch, Water Knot

  • Understand and evaluate how knots fail- pinching, rolling, and slipping

Gear you will need: Harness

Anchors 101 $80

Anchors keep people alive. Sometimes just barely... Ideally not just barely. That’s why we’re going to teach you everything you need to know to build and evaluate single-pitch anchors in our local climbing areas. Make sure your anchors keep you and your friends alive!

This three hour course will cover the considerations one needs to take into account when safely building an adequate anchor in a single pitch scenario. Material covered:

  • The gear necessary to build anchors in single-pitch scenarios

  • How to decide on the appropriate anchor configuration and anchor material to use in different single-pitch climbing scenarios

  • How to tie and evaluate several knots and hitches that are useful in the anchor building process

  • Anchor building etiquette and safety considerations

  • Acronyms and other tools to double-check yourself as you begin putting these skills to use in the outdoors

  • How to safely clean a single pitch anchor before rappelling, being lowered, or walking off

Gear you will need

  • Harness

  • 20 feet of 8mm cordelette

  • (2) Double-length slings

About our instructor, Pancho Gomez:

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Pancho fell in love with rock climbing while attending Cal Poly in 2008. Throughout college, he worked as a guide with Poly Escapes, Cal Poly's outdoor adventure program. He joined Slo Op when it was still just a small storage warehouse near Trader Joes and immediately came to love the camaraderie and support he found in that small die-hard climbing community.

Since 2008, Pancho has developed a repertoire of technical ropes skills adventuring and participating in technical skills classes as a climber, canyoneer, and mountaineer. He hopes to ensure our rapidly growing community climbs safely and responsibly, both in the gym and at our local crags. Pancho is a certified Single Pitch Instructor by the American Mountain Guide Association.

The Pad Climbing is looking for an in-house bookkeeper!

If you’re someone who loves detail, organization, and data entry, have we got the gig for you! We need someone to do our bookkeeping in house! The gym is very complicated and the more intimate you are with our inner workings, the better our reporting can be!

We are still in a mode of flux as we refine our practices, so adaptability and a can-do attitude to take on tasks and changes as they come up is important. We are looking for someone who can be friendly and kind, but also direct and address issues to resolution as they come up.

You’ll be:

  • Managing accounts receivable by invoicing companies who do corporate work with us monthly

  • Managing accounts payable by making use of an online service called Hubdoc and matching receipts to bank and credit card entries

  • Tracking expenses and income from various sources such as our bank, credit cards, and MINDBODY records

Requirements:

  • Quick learner with regard to computer software

  • Great follower of protocols

  • Quick to correct mistakes once they are discovered

  • Deadline oriented

  • Reliable transportation

  • Good communication skills with telephone and email and in person

  • High school degree

  • Great attention to detail

What we’re looking for:

  • Lover of learning and a deep interest in improving things for those around them

  • Friendly, enthusiastic attitude

  • Comfortable bringing up issues as they arise to resolution

  • Ability to document and report as needed

What we’re offering to you:

  • Part time, approx 10 hours a week

  • Flexible schedule

  • Starts at $15/hour for inexperienced applicants, more available for those with experience

If you’re adaptable, have a positive outlook, and love learning and improving, we want to hear from you!

Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references with name, phone number, and position you served to yishai@thepadclimbing.org

The Pad Climbing in SLO is looking for a general manager!

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If you’re looking for an incredible, fast paced, and friendly place to be, have we got the job for you! You’ll join our wonderful team and membership in changing lives: we mean it when we say we’re about climbing, community, fitness, and love.

You will serve as an ambassador to the community (over 2000 people), both visitors and members. We believe that we as a business have the ability to change lives for the better and we are looking for someone that is able engage people in a friendly and inclusive way so that they can make their home here and do that.

We are still in a mode of flux as we refine our practices, so adaptability and a can-do attitude to take on tasks and changes as they come up is important. We are looking for someone who can be friendly and kind, but also direct and address issues to resolution as they come up.

You’ll be in charge of the nitty gritty of the gym:

  • Staffing, hiring, termination, and development

  • Filling in when staff is not available

  • Scheduling and approving time cards and time off

  • Identifying individuals for promotion and additional responsibility

  • Coordinating groups such as birthday parties and group hosting

  • The first line of contact for visitors and members for feedback and grievances

  • Ensuring gym stays safe, clean, and well stocked

  • Facilitate collaborations in the community

  • Suggest and implement ideas to better serve the community

Requirements:

  • 2-5 years experience providing and overseeing front facing customer service

  • Team player - you will interact with both the staff under you and other program teammates to coordinate activities and gym operations

  • At least 2 years experience in leading a team

  • Preferred 4 year degree (any major) or equivalent; we love veterans!

  • Be a part of the rock climbing community - we don’t care how hard you climb, but you should have enough experience to speak the lingo, make safety calls (or know who to defer to) and feel confident in training belay certification. Experience climbing outside a major plus - we’re a gym run by people who climb outside and we like the culture that brings.

Character strengths we look for:

  • Have a passion for climbing and the ways it can improve lives

  • Lover of learning and a deep interest in improving things for those around them

  • Friendly, enthusiastic attitude

  • Comfortable with coaching and correction with direct reports and as needed with executives

  • Someone who understands the dynamics of working between front facing staff and executives

  • Someone that loves to develop and lead a team

  • A team player who can jump in where needed

  • Confident decision maker and able to delegate

  • Ability to document and report as needed

  • Tech savvy enough to use and apply a wide variety of applications, including Word, Google Drive, Gmail, and others.

  • Able to lift 50 lbs

What we’re offering to you:

  • Full time salaried employees enjoy Silver level PPO health insurance, free gym membership, and unlimited paid time off (with prior approval)

  • Base offering: $44,000, going up depending on experience

  • Growth opportunities

  • Paid time off

  • Holiday closures

If you’re adaptable, have a positive outlook, and love learning and improving, we want to hear from you!

Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references with name, phone number, and position you served to yishai@thepadclimbing.org


4 Tips for climbing with extra pounds

Let’s get real. It can be pretty intimidating to walk into any setting where there are people who are tight bodied and train hard.

You feel judged. You judge yourself. You feel guilty. You feel watched. We get you.

We strive to be the most inclusive community you will ever find. We don’t care what you look like, we care that you send (climb to the top). And if you can’t, we’ll help you get there.

Here’s 4 tips to get you climbing if you’re overweight:

  1. Fancy footwork - don’t rely on your arms. As you get started, put all your weight in your feet. As you continue upward, keep looking for your next foot placement. Your feet hold you up! They do that when you walk so why is this any different?

  2. Get your hips into the wall - this goes along with the footwork - if you hang back, or if you try to hold up your weight with your arms, you’ll get tired and you’ll fail. Putting your hips into the wall distributes your weight properly onto your feet and makes going up easier.

  3. Fall with grace - don’t push yourself to the point of panic! Feel free to test the waters of a fall by jumping off right before you get there. Land with bent legs and go backward. See how easy it is. Shed those fears.

  4. Don’t chase the numbers. Try lots of different climbs. You might be best at small holds, overhangs, or what have you. The number is an estimation of difficulty - but every person is different. Don’t limit yourself!

And here’s a bonus tip:

Ask for beta (help) - we all started somewhere, too! Nobody gets better without asking for help unlocking a move and getting better technique - the person you asked will be psyched to start you on your journey!