After many months of blood, sweat, tears, and chalk, we are THRILLED to announce that our second location, PeakRVA, is open!
Now, with a new facility, there are a few things that are a little different from what you are used to at Peak Midlo. So to help ease this transition, we have prepared a few tips for you, to help make your first few visits as smooth as possible.
When you arrive at SCOR, keep going to the second parking lot. You can park in the first lot but there is no access door to Peak there. You will want to use the main entrance to the big blue building and then follow the signs, down the hall to the gym. There are bike racks too so if you are close, ride your bike and save a parking space for someone else! If the facility is really busy, we have overflow parking available on the opposite site of Overbrook Rd, directly across from the SCOR driveway. The lot belongs to a company called E.A. Holsten.
Bring your water bottles! There are water fountains in the SCOR building but they are a little far. We have filling stations available in the gym but we WILL NOT be providing cups. We want to save the environment, not fill the trash cans with loads of paper cups!
Double-Wrapped belay bars:
The top ropes at Peak RVA use a "Friction Hitch" to eliminate the need for ground anchors. While this will let you hold a much heavier climber with out being pulled off the ground. The trade off is that you will need to pay more attention to your climber, to ensure all the slack is removed. It will be easy to adapt once you see hows it works.
As you may have noticed the bouldering walls are a little taller than Peak Midlo. Because of this increased height, we encourage everyone to DOWN-CLIMB whenever possible. Your feet and knees will thank you in the long run and short term it will help you not have to take bigger than necessary falls. If you are unsure of how to properly fall, one of our instructors on duty will be happy to help you out.
Gear in the Bouldering Area:
When climbing in our bouldering area, please remove your harness and stash it in a safe place. If you were to fall with you harness on, you could become injured if you were to land on a belay devices or buckle. Those pieces of metal could also damage that new bouldering floor, so help us keep it nice. Water bottles too can pose a hazard, so please keep them in a cubby or on the very edge of bouldering floor. Please don't be offended if one of our staff asks you to move your things, we just don't want anyone to get hurt.
Climbing Shoes and Bathrooms:
This is a sanitary concern. Please take your climbing shoes off prior to heading to the bathrooms. We want to avoid tracking those germs out onto the climbing floor and holds. Let's keep everyone healthy!