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Walk to Indoor Rock Climbing at True North (3/31/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Climb
Event Location: Downsview Park TTC Station
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 31 2018  10:30 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 30 2018 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2.5 - 3 hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Yvonne
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Let's climb some walls!

Here's the plan:
- Meet at Downsview Park Station at 10:30am Downsview Park TTC Station
- Walk to True North Climbing (about 15 mins)
- Climb for 2 - 3 hours (in other words, until everyone gets tired)
- Catch our breath, and enjoy the rest of the day

The reason why I like True North is because they cater to beginners, experts, and everyone in between. They offer beginner lessons throughout the day and have a number of easier climbing routes, so if you have never climbed before, this would be a good opportunity to try it out. There are also numerous difficult routes that will challenge advanced climbers. In short, there's something for everyone. It doesn't hurt that they also have some of the highest indoor walls in the city (30 feet!)

If you have climbed before at another gym, you will have to pass a belay test to climb. This test is offered free of charge.
If you fail the belay test or you have never climbed before, you must take a beginner lesson and pass the belay test. This lesson is NOT free (see cost breakdown below). Every climber must be able to belay since it isn't fair to the rest of the group if you just climb and don't belay anyone else.
Anyone who hasn't climbed at True North before will also have to fill out and sign a waiver. This can be done online beforehand at their website to save time (Click here for the waiver page on their website).
In order to climb you will need a climbing harness and shoes, which you can rent from the gym (see cost breakdown below). I recommend bringing flip flops with you so you aren't walking around in your climbing shoes all afternoon.

Cost breakdown (paid directly to the gym):
Day pass: $22
Equipment rental: $12 ($6 each for harness & shoes)
Intro Lesson Package: $40 (includes lesson, day pass, and equipment rental)
Intro Lesson Package/Membership: $55 (includes, lesson, day pass, equipment rental, one month membership)

There are also punch cards and memberships available. To learn more, visit True North's Web site:

Lessons will be booked two or three days ahead of time. If you register for the event after that time and need a lesson, I can't guarantee that I will be able to get another spot for you. True North has full change rooms and lockers to store your gear while you climb, all you need is a lock. If you have any questions before or after signing up, please feel free to contact me.

Required Items to Bring:
Comfortable athletic clothing
Water bottle
Padlock to secure valuables
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Climbing gear (harness, shoes, chalk bag, etc.)
Flip flops
Unbridled enthusiasm

How to Get There:
Event Directions:True North Climbing Gym is located in Downsview Park on Carl Hall Road. It is next to the Scotiabank Pond.

Take the subway to Downsview Park station. Meet at in front of the fare gates (concourse level). We will walk to True North Climbing (about 1.2 km and 15 mins).
If you prefer to drive to True North Climbing, Parking is free.
Driving directions: Take the 401 to Keele Street, head north to Sheppard Ave W then turn right (east) to the entrance to Downsview Park at John Drury Drive. Turn right into the park, then left onto Carl Hall Road. After crossing the train tracks turn right towards the Scotiabank Pond. True North is at the back of the large building next to the Scotiabank Pond just around the corner from the go kart track. There is plenty of free parking available.

The gym can be difficult to find if you have never been there before, so if you are unclear about directions, feel free to contact me beforehand.

See the map and photo below and click the green point for more information.


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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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