Ryan in New Zealand

How to join:

Now that the club has become so large, all we officially do is host the yearly convention in West Virginia, maintain this blog, and maintain the Facebook group.  Thus, there is no official procedure for joining–to participate, join our Facebook group and post to its wall to meet other queer/ally climbers, or simply attend our summer convention and meet people there.

Chavez, some 11

Requirements to join:

To attend an HC convention, you must be an experienced outdoor climber with great lead belaying skills.  You can bring less experienced friends with you, but they cannot belay anyone besides you or each other, and they must wear helmets when climbing and at the base of ALL crags.  If you have any doubts about your experience, or this policy, please send us an e-mail.

We don’t want to sound like jerks, because many new climbers have been forged on HC trips–just don’t abandon your friends on Day 2 because you found a project, or allow them to belay other people without revealing their inexperience.  Our climbers rope up with the assumption that their belayers know about short roping, cleaning, rappelling, etc.  Conversely, never assume that just because someone shows up at an HC convention, they know how to belay properly.  Use the same discretion you would use when meeting climbing partners anywhere else.

All that said, part of the reason for this policy is that we want MORE lgbt people climbing and we think that standard will encourage them to learn about climbing before (as opposed to during) the convention.  E-mail the club closest to you, or our dictators, and we’ll make sure to find a place for you to learn or teach you ourselves.

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  2. I have been Trad Climbing for about 45 years now. I Live in San Diego. Just got back from a 5 day climbing trip to Joshua Tree… Do you have a group here in San Diego?

  3. Hey,

    My name is Tyler Wes i used to have facebook but due to boring-ness of it I decided to delete it but i was a follower of hte Homo Climbtastic page. I am not experienced with lead climbing but would LOVE to learn that. I don’t even really rope climb that often and have just kinda resolved to bouldering. It kinda sucks when I don’t have a car and the nearest place to rope climbing is in OKC (and i’m in Norman).

    When is the convention in West Virginia? Just curious even thought I wouldn’t go until I know how to lead climb.


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