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Sep 052013
 

For the last 3 years I have enjoyed running the Singles and Swingers night at Planet Granite Sunnyvale.  We have such a great time that I look forward to the event every month. Singles & Swingers

This isn’t a pick up program or dating service;  it’s an event to meet new climbing partners!  We provide a game/competition environment to climb with as many people as you can in 2 hours.

First, let’s address the details:
Singles & Swingers is every 2nd Thursday of the month.
Sign-up is between 6:30 and 7:30
Climbers receive a wrist band  to designate their participation (and later free soda!) in Singles and Swingers.
Once two climbers are present, I start pairing everyone up!

To keep it fair and fun, there are a few simple rules: You can only climb with each person one time.  Everyone must be PG Top Rope Belay Certified.  All participants  must climb at least 3 climbs and sign ups stop at 7:30pm.

During the summer months, I like to mix it up.  We have theme nights: red white and blue, western night, night at the zoo, and night at the beach.  If a participant shows up dressed in the theme, they receive an extra raffle ticket!

This year, our new manager, Eliot, picked the first theme night “Retro.” That sounds like fun, but honestly, retro is not my favorite.  So I went shopping thinking that other people would dress up since it was such a fun idea.  Did I mention Eliot said he would dress up too?  I showed up in my retro top and pink wig.  Turns out Eliot wasn’t around that night.  Hmmmmm, I think he lost his right to pick themes (just teasing, Eliot!)   No harm, a climber and the PG  staff played along and the night was super fun!

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I had a little more trouble with “Night at the Zoo,” so I brought in a climbing monkey.  Everyone had a great time climbing with Mickey, the monkey.  Every week, climbers ask me to bring him back to climb with.

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September is our annual PG Gear theme.  I have encouraged participants to wear their PG Gear.   Again, anyone wearing their PG Ts will earn an extra raffle ticket!

I have really enjoyed running the program for Sunnyvale and I hear from the participants that come from other gyms talk about the good times they have at Belmont and San Francisco!  What I enjoy most is the friendships I have made and the friendships I have seen grow in front of me.  Many of the participants climb together now and take classes together.  It is so rewarding to see this program grow!

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Next Singles & Swingers is at every Planet Granite Thursday September 12th!

 

Karen

 

 

After an adventure rappelling on the moaning caverns tour in 2007, Karen decided, “I want to work at a climbing gym.” A rookie at climbing, she joined the team and was immediately appreciated for her great attitude, friendly smiles and humor. Karen has been the champion of the Singles and Swingers night at PGSunnyvale, coming up with themed events and super fun times. When not climbing she is playing the tuba, reading, or knitting; you can find her training for half marathons.
Life is full of surprises and adventure. Do both with your eyes wide open.

 

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