YES - The Pad Climbing is expanding!

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by COO - Kristin Horowitz

Yishai and I are the kind to go public as soon as we can but growing up from a loosely organized wall in a storage unit to a world-class rope gym has caused some major changes for how we’re used to operating. We get inquiries weekly or more from different locations about expanding and rumors (mostly because, again, we like to make sure our staff knows what’s up, and our friends) - and we want to get ahead of things:

Is The Pad coming to Goleta/Santa Barbara?

Yes. Yishai has been looking for an adequate building in the area for ten years, but none seemed to play out. In the meantime, we built the Santa Maria location (partly to stop anyone else from coming in - partly to support a totally underserved community with the Paddie love), and then expanding into our new digs in SLO. It was a good thing. We’ve learned a lot and stressed a ton and are now in a good place, with a good team, to bring the love to Santa Barbara. We do not intend on putting anyone out of business, nor killing what good has come from existing programs there - but there is a market that’s not being served, and that includes all of our friends, the original climbing area founders, and more. We’re not about money; we’re about community, and we’re locals - believe it or not, friends and family teem in SB. And we’re damn lucky because they’re the ones who are backing this expansion, too.

What’s the timeline?
We accidentally had the new project leaked when a reporter put it in Noozhawk. This also prompted us to make a Facebook page to communicate news as it came. Yes, it’s been kinda quiet - because we had a lease agreement nailed down, but then the landlord changed his minute when it came to pen on paper and we were looking again.

Good news is that the city of Goleta, the climbers, and even the construction firm we are looking at is pulling for us and we’re looking at a few places - just need to nail down the best location. Goleta/SB is a HARD market for a climbing gym to come into - that’s why we’ve been looking for 10 years. We probably wouldn’t keep going with this as aggressively if the community wasn’t coming out of the woodwork to support us. That’s what motivates us, you. That’s what made us get this far.

So, once a lease is signed (we’ll post on that Facebook page) - the MINIMUM opening date will be about 9 months from then as that’s how long it takes Walltopia and team to come together. It takes a long time to permit, engineer, and build a gym - luckily we’re great at pushing things.

Are there investments available?
We are still working on this - there are other locations in the works both immediately and in the future, so structuring things right, and making sure we take care of everyone the right way is important. We are looking at moving away from a community of small investors to larger ones who are scaling-minded and can help us there. It doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you to be involved if you’re not that. We’re still - at heart, at least - the people that brought you the country’s first non-profit bouldering gym.

The point is, yes, there will be investments available in the form of shares. If you are interested, get on our notification list and we’ll email you info.

The Pad Climbing is looking for coaches!

We’re bringing coaching to Santa Maria, and 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.

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.

We are looking for coaches who are comfortable and experienced working with kids age 7-17, though interest in younger ages is welcome as well.

You’ll be:

  • Developing and refining curriculum for multi day practices

  • Filling in when team mates are not available

  • Scheduling practices

  • Attending competitions to serve as coach in other locations

  • Working with SLO staff to refine and unify coaching approaches

  • Facilitate collaborations in the community

  • Suggest and implement ideas to better serve the community

Requirements:

  • Experience with coaching, whether its years being coached or coaching yourself.

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

  • Reliable and punctual

  • 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

  • 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:

  • Part time salary starting at $12/hour and going up depending on experience

  • Growth opportunities

  • 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


The Pad Climbing is Looking for Front Desk Crew!

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.

You’ll be in charge of

  • Working the front desk during open hours

  • Cleaning, inventory and general gym maintenance as required

  • Being part of the leadership of the community

  • Working 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:

  • Love The Pad Climbing

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

  • Reliable, courteous, and polite.

  • 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

  • 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:

  • Part time employment starting at $12/hour

  • 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 jacob@thepadclimbing.org


Santa Maria Open House 1/21 - 1/31

Paddies! No excuses! Bring as many friends as much as they want!  Members who get people to sign up get $10 per sign up off their membership  Yoga clinics: 1/20 @ 1 pm, 1/23 @ 5:30 pm - This isn’t just a class, it’s an immersive “why do this, how to do it well, and why you don’t have to stress” class.  Bouldering clinics: 1/21 and 1/29 @ 6 pm - learn from our friendly CEO how to get started and have fun!

Paddies! No excuses! Bring as many friends as much as they want!

Members who get people to sign up get $10 per sign up off their membership

Yoga clinics: 1/20 @ 1 pm, 1/23 @ 5:30 pm - This isn’t just a class, it’s an immersive “why do this, how to do it well, and why you don’t have to stress” class.

Bouldering clinics: 1/21 and 1/29 @ 6 pm - learn from our friendly CEO how to get started and have fun!

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.

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!