Climb with other gay/bi rock climbers! Homo Climbtastic's 4th Annual LGBTQ Climbing Convention, July 26-29, 2012.

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    Feb 02, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    Fayetteville, West Virginia is still the nexus for the world's largest queer climbing convention, and this one is kind of intimidating me because there are already 40 people registered and it's still six months away.

    Based on the registrations so far, it looks like we'll have people climbing a huge range of grades, from 5.9 to 5.14, climbing both sport and trad, and coming in from all over the US and Canada.

    Also there may be lube wrestling. I was going to can the idea, http://homoclimbtastic.com/2012/02/01/stay-classy-homo-climbtastic/ but there has been a groundswell of support to save it. Time will tell!

    Check out http://www.homoclimbtastic.com and click the link for the "2012 Convention" up top for more information. There are eligibility requirements, but those mostly boil down to having the equipment and experience to camp and climb without a guide in a kind-of-sort-of stiff single pitch climbing area. (If you regularly lead climb 5.10 routes outdoors elsewhere, it shouldn't be a problem, people who feel ambivalent about it can call me and I'll tell them more.)

    I hope to see some of you there this year! Although the subject line says "gay/bi rock climbers", our trips are open to everyone, I just used the phrase to pitch it to RJ, since it's a site for the gay/bi menfolk. But you'll have lots of people there who are straight, lesbian, trans, etc.

    And just to get some attention for the trip, I'll drop in an escandalo photo of me climbing in underwear. Woooo!

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    Feb 02, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    Cool, would love to go...only problem never rock climbed in my life. The lube wrestling thing kinda weird me out. But to each its own right? Anyways good luck guy.
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    Feb 02, 2012 4:54 AM GMT
    How much experience do you need?
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    Feb 02, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    Definitely sounds fun! Too bad I have never rock climbed...good luck!
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    Feb 02, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    swimguychicago saidHow much experience do you need?


    http://homoclimbtastic.com/2012-convention/convention-eligibility-requirements/ describes the experience level, but you can contact us/me if you have any questions about it or if you're still unsure or whatever.
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    Feb 02, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    i'd go....if i could afford to pay for the flights lol
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    Feb 02, 2012 8:16 AM GMT
    Why does it have to be at the states? icon_cry.gif
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    Feb 02, 2012 9:27 AM GMT
    NICE! Thanks for getting this out there for us climbers. I wasn't aware that such a thing existed, I'm def. going to look into this (NorCal has awesome climbing too).
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    Feb 02, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
    not for this year, but definitely looking at it as a goal for 2013.
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    Feb 02, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    Next year for sure. I'm close enough here in S.C. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 02, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    Fayetteville WV is a great little town for those who've never been. I think of it as a tiny Asheville. The famous New River gorge runs right by it and the Gauley is nearby as well so the town comes alive during the rafting season. Rock Climbing is one outdoor sport I've not tried and I'm not sure I ever will now that I live on the coast but that trip sounds great. They should combine it with a whitewater paddling trip as well to broaden the appeal.
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    Feb 04, 2012 1:24 AM GMT
    Awesome, thanks for posting here, guy! (This is one of my favorite sites, their workout programs are so good and have fast results.) It's awesome to see you got the idea to spread the word. Wow, I can't believe you've gotten such a good response in this forum already. I can reply to some of the posters since I'm a climbing blog whore. -Aeron

    GaClimber saidFayetteville, West Virginia is still the nexus for the world's largest queer climbing convention, and this one is kind of intimidating me because there are already 40 people registered and it's still six months away.
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    Feb 04, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    also, this is a great way to check out a few great asses icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 04, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    Good idea, friendormate, but they were one step ahead of ya. The groups usually do plan out a rafting trip as a "rest day" between the climbing. I'm gonna try to do some of their world-famous zip lining, too. Not to mention solo climbing over routes on Summersville Lake. If you fall, you don't need a belay, you just land in the water.

    friendormate saidFayetteville WV is a great little town for ... combine it with a whitewater paddling trip as well to broaden the appeal.
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    Feb 04, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    Hey beanieman, a couple of the LGBT climbing groups from Cali make it out each year. Make contact with them on the group page http://www.facebook.com/groups/hc.climbers

    beanieman saidNICE! Thanks for getting this out there for us climbers. I wasn't aware that such a thing existed, I'm def. going to look into this (NorCal has awesome climbing too).
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    Feb 05, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    This will be my 5th year at the New with these f*ckers! It's hard to put into words how awesome the HC conventions are. Do NOT miss out!
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    Feb 05, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    damn, i wanna go now! hmmmm
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    Feb 11, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    50 people have already registered for the convention, and it's still 6 months away!
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    Feb 11, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    this looks awesome! to bad i will be stuck at work. does this happen the sametime every year?
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    Feb 11, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    Anyone heading past my area to do a carpool?
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    Feb 11, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    Yup, we've had the convention in July every year
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    Feb 14, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
    Love this idea but I don't meet all the requirements. I've only ever done top rope climbing indoors and outdoors with a guide - anyone in the Cleveland OH area want to learn to lead climb together?
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    Feb 20, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    Hope to have vacations on July, and attend my 1st convention!!! climb more work less guys!!
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    Feb 20, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    bleh.

    I'm still too green to go - sick and new to climbing. Hope to make it next year. Climbers are always a great group to chill out with.
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    Mar 11, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    Went out to the Gorge today and there were a lot of climbers out! I watched and it has me itching to learn to climb! So, on my new quest to find some cool people to help me learn, just looks like way too much fun not to get into!