Training and Jr. Climbing Team Coming Soon to PeakRVA!

Training Team practices at Peak RVA
start on Tuesday, May 29 from 4:30-6:30 pm

Junior Team practices at Peak RVA
start on Monday, June 4 from 4:30-6:00 pm

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The schedule will remain Mondays, 4:30-6: 00 pm for Junior Team and Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 pm for Training Team throughout Summer. We will begin to incorporate additional practice days as needed.  Details on additional days will be forthcoming and will be based on traffic patterns at PeakRVA as well as trying to best meet the time constraints of parents and Team Members.   

Directions to PeakRVA.  Parents, when you drop your children off for Team practice at PeakRVA, please be sure to use the main entrance at SCOR where we will have a Team Coach waiting to greet you and direct you to check in.  We invite parents to come inside and check out our new facility if you haven't already, and meet the coaches where we can answer any questions you have about drop off, pick up, or how practices will run. 

Training Team and Junior Team will continue at Peak Midlothian on our current schedule.  If your Team Member would like to make PeakRVA her/his home gym for Team practice, please contact Jim Bell jim@peakexperiences.com and let us know.  Makeup days can be done at either Peak location on regular practice days for your child's respective team, again please contact Jim Bell.  Any further updates will come via email or updates to our website: www.peakexperiences.com.

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Also, don't forget that Team memberships are full memberships to Peak and are good at both locations. Thank you all for making our Training Team and Junior Team dynamic programs producing strong climbers, outstanding team-mates, and truly amazing young people.  We here at Peak are grateful for your support and look forward to helping your kids crush all the cool new climbs, now at two locations.

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Dominion Riverrock - 5/18-5/20

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Stay tuned for the full-length climbing feature coming soon.
 

For the past 8 years Peak Experiences has partnered with Richmond Sportsbackers to make the Boulder Bash one of the most popular events at RiverRock!

Highlights of Dominion Riverrock 2017 in Richmond, Virginia.

Find out all you need to know about the nation's premier outdoor Sports and music festival

www.riverrockrva.com

www.riverrockrva.com/event-categories/climbing
 

CLIMBING SCHEDULE:

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Friday:  5/18
Qualifier 1 6:00-9:00pm

Saturday:  5/19
Qualifier 2  11:30-2:30
Semis  4:30-6:00pm
Finals  7:30-9:00pm

Sunday:  5/20
Speed Qualifier 1  12:00-1:00pm
Speed Qualifier 2  2:00-3:00
Speed Finals  4:00-5:00pm

Notable pro climbers:
Nathaniel Coleman, Alex Puccio, Solomon Barth, Ben Hannah, Jesse Grupper, and Kerry Scott.
 

We Need Your Help!  Volunteer and Be Part of the Action!

Citizen's Wall Volunteer Sign Up

Boulder Bash Volunteer Sign Up
 

What do the volunteers do?

-The citizen’s wall is mainly for kids' to try out climbing at Riverrock, volunteers will spot folks on our mini wall or check wristbands, all while getting a nice tan.

-The boulder bash gets you behind the scene to either judge, manage pre-climb isolation, score, or run scorecards for the main competition, all while still getting a tan.
*All positions are listed on the sign-up page*

What do you get out of it?

-A FREE T-shirt!
-Anyone with 4 hours of volunteer time may view a session of the Boulder Bash from inside the barricade
-A different perspective on competition style climbing.
-The title "Official Peak Volunteer" :O

*Please note that to be a judge, volunteers must be 18+*

Questions about volunteering? Contact Mark Phillips

We also are requiring that anyone working the competition wall also works at least one hour at the citizen’s wall to take care of the kiddos.

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USAC Capital Region Championship @ Peak RVA - 5/12

Peak Experiences is so proud to be hosting the 2018 Sport and Speed Capital Region Championship at our brand new facility on Saturday, May 12th! This event will host competitors from across the Capital Region (VA, WV, MD, DE). Climbing is now an Olympic sport and this is where it all begins! 

Peak RVA will be closed to the public from 8am - 10pm, Saturday, May 12th as hundreds of youth competitors scale the walls looking to move on to Divisionals! However, spectators are welcome, so please join us to watch these incredible athletes.

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A few quick notes about Regionals:

There will be limited rope climbing terrain the week leading up to Regionals for route setting. Setting starts May 7th - May 12th. Our very own Eric Mahan will be serving as Chief Route Setter for this event! Best part is, all of these meticulously crafted routes will be available for you to climb after the event! Also, now with the luxury of two locations, PeakMidlo just got a BIG reset of both rope routes and bouldering. Don't forget that your memberships are good at both locations! With over 15,000 sq ft of climbing and 5,000 sq ft of bouldering at PeakRVA, there will still be plenty of available terrain while route setting is taking place. And as always, our fitness and yoga classes are FREE for members, so this could be the perfect time to check out that class you've been meaning to dive into. Again, we hope you join us for this incredible event. We are thrilled to be able to host high caliber events at #PeakRVA! 

Are you interested in volunteering at Regionals?

We have multiple volunteer spaces open for belaying (lead, top rope), iso monitors, judges, speed pullers, etc. that we could use your help with on the day of the event.  Previous lead belay competition experience is preferred for that position, no prior experience is required to work the non-belaying positions. We will cover your duties day of the competition. Please go to https://bit.ly/2JQ7Oj5 to sign up. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, meal ticket for lunch, and are entered into the volunteer raffle to win either a rope or climbing shoe of your choice (from a model we carry in our retail shop).  It's a great way to help support our climbing community, and a way to get up close to the action!  

For more information, see the link below.

Peak RVA is Open to the Public!

Dear RVA Climbers!

After many months of blood, sweat, tears, and chalk, we are THRILLED to announce that our second location, PeakRVA, is now open to the public!

Our new facility is located within the Sports Center of Richmond's (SCOR) 125,000 sq. ft. sports complex. This gym features over 15,000 sq. ft. of climbing terrain with over 5,000 sq. ft. of bouldering. PeakRVA also features a lead climbing specific area and a separate group event space. We will have state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a dedicated yoga studio, a full retail shop, and more! As our members who have attended our soft opening can attest, it's a gorgeous facility.

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PeakRVA Hours:
Monday to Friday • 6am-11pm
Saturday • 10am-10pm
Sunday • 10am-9pm

We’ll see you there!

- Jay Smith - Kevin Tobin - Scott Powell

*Before you visit, please read through PeakRVA FAQs. 

Passages Camp Kick-Offs - 4/21 & 4/22

We have two Passages Camp Kick-Offs this month for campers who are registered by Thursday, April 19.
 

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Fat Tire Kick Off at The Carillon
Saturday, April 21  1:00-4:00pm 

Bring your bike and helmet. Meet and Greet and RIDE with the 2018 Fat Tire Counselors and fellow campers.  This is a Rain or Shine event so dress accordingly.  Drop off/pick up is at The Carillon.

Rock and River Kick-Off at Belle Isle
Sunday, April 22  1:00-5:00pm

We will play Flour Bomb/Capture the Flag all over Belle Isle with our 2018 Passages staff and other campers. This is a Rain or Shine event so dress accordingly.  Drop off/pick up is as the American Civil War Museum

We provide everything you need to participate but do bring a water bottle and a baseball cap. Guaranteed FUN for all!  Check out this throwback video from 2012 and a link to a video from last year's event.  Again campers must be registered by April 19th in order to participate.  If you have any questions please contact Julie Appleby - (804) 897-8283 ext. 310 - julie@peakexperiences.com.

Click here to see the 2017 Passages Flour Bomb War!

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Members Only Week @ Peak RVA - 4/19-4/26

I have some very exciting news to report!

I’ll cut to the chase; we will open our Richmond location this Thursday April 19 at 6:00am to our members and their guests! There are more details below, but I know that this was the one piece of information everyone was really interested in hearing.

Now for the details:

It’s been a long road, but the final inspections happened quickly thanks to the City of Richmond. To thank you for your loyalty, support and patience, Peak Experiences RVA’s first week will be dedicated to the community that has made this expansion possible for us. This means that as members, you’ll have the new climbing terrain all to yourselves until April 27th. 

Because the final process with the city moved very quickly, there are some elements that are still underway or waiting for deliveries, but should arrive by the end of the month. We just couldn’t wait to share our walls with you though! Also, during this first week, we will be allowing our members to bring in up to 2 guests per visit, so that you can share your love of climbing with them.

I, and all of the rest of our family at Peak Experiences want to thank you for all of your support and dedication that you have shown us during this process. It has been a delayed progression that at some times was very painful and challenging. None of it would have been possible if it weren’t for you.

PeakRVA Hours:
Monday to Friday • 6am-11pm
Saturday • 10am-10pm
Sunday • 10am-9pm

We’ll see you there!

- Jay Smith • Owner, President

Learn more about Peak Richmond

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Summer 2018 Adventure Expo - 4/15

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When: Sunday, April 15, 1-4 pm
Where: Peak Experiences Richmond
1375 Overbrook Rd.
Richmond, VA 23220
Cost: FREE

Join us for the 8th annual RFM Summer Adventure Expo, presented by Virginia Family Dentistry, at our new location, at Peak Experiences Indoor Rock Climbing Center RVA at Sports Center of Richmond! At this long-standing, free, #RVA family tradition, you'll be able to learn more about summer camps from across the region and beyond. There will be games, crafts, live demonstrations, food, and prizes, so mark your calendar and join us on the huge covered field, right in the heart of #RVA! 

Learn more at Richmond Family Magazine's Website or on the Facebook Event Page

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Climb Right RVA - A FREE Event 4/7-4/8

***WEATHER UPDATE

Unfortunately, due to a rainy forecast, we are cancelling the Saturday portion of Climb Right RVA. We will still be having the party at Väsen Brewing Company from 6pm-10pm on Saturday night, so we hope to see you there. Sunday is looking clear and good to go! Thank you for your support.

When:
Saturday April 7 from 6PM-10pm @ Väsen brewing co.
Sunday April 8 from 10am-3pm @ Manchester Wall

It's that time again! As Winter thaws out and turns into Spring, we all get excited to go out and climb. To prepare for these trips, Peak Expeditions is hosting a Climb Right event at Manchester wall on Sunday, April 8th, as well as a party to kick off the event at Väsen Brewing Co. on Saturday, April 7th.

This event is FREE and classes will run every 2 hours, first come, first serve for participants. Participants should bring personal gear such as harness, shoes, and belay device.  We will have top-rope climbing available for first-time climbers and gear will be provided.  We hope you can join us for this fun and unique learning opportunity!


Classes running every 2 hours:

1) Intro to Outdoor Climbing - an entry level course which discusses the challenges of climbing outdoors and the environmental responsibilities. We will cover everything from what climbing outdoors looks like to LNT, and general ethics of being at the crag.

2) Sport Climbing Outdoors - this course builds on the intro course and instructs specifics of sport leading, belaying, and anchor building.

3) Minimizing Risk - this is a highly recommended course for anyone climbing outdoors or wanting to climb outdoors. The most accidents happen during transitions and descending routes. We will instruct the best ways to clean anchors and lowering or repelling routes. We strongly recommend this course to all climbers regardless of experience!

4) Climbing Movement and Strategies - this course covers techniques for moving on the rock. We will teach; warming up prior to a climb , all the different hand and foot placements, how to rest, strategies for reading a route, etc....

5) Intro to Trad Climbing - this course is an introduction to Trad gear and placements. We will discuss different types of gear and how they all work. 

6) Advanced Trad - this course takes it to the next level with a strong focus on anchors and actual hands on placement of gear. We will customize the course specifically for the needs of the people attending. 

7) Self Rescue - this will be the most advanced course we will be offering. We will discus theories and practice different scenarios that you might find in the mountains. We will have a Q&A at the beginning to get a solid feel for what people want/need to learn. 

*Manchester Wall accessible from T.Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge or south side access.   

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