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Virtual Trivia Night – Feb. 10th, 2021

The WMCC is hosting a virtual TRIVIA NIGHT. Test your knowledge of local climbing history with topics ranging from “Local Legends” and “Name that Route,” to “Gear Geeks.” The winning team will receive WMCC swag and prizes.

Compete in teams of 3-4! Message your dream team and decide on a team name. You will be asked what your team name is when registering so that we can pre-assign break out rooms. Don’t have a team in mind? Don’t be shy– register anyway and we will add you to a team that night!

Trivia Night is FREE, but please consider donating $5 to $10 if you can afford to. Your donation for this event will help cover the costs of prizes, pay for the new WMCC zoom account, and ensure that we run more fun events like this in the future.

All participants will have to register in advance to receive the zoom link.

Photo by Michelle Bourget

Events

AMC Speaker Series – Juan Michael Porter II

You’re invited to join the AMC’s Western Massachusetts Chapter for the first of its Justice,
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s speaker series.

Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Outdoors.org

Please register for the JDEI Speaker Series.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link for the session.

Our first Speaker is Juan Michael Porter II.
Juan Michael Porter II is an arts & culture journalist whose coverage focuses on the intersection of Black lives, media criticism, and sexual health advocacy. He has written for TheBody.com, Anti-Racism Daily, Observer, American Theatre, Time Out NY, SYFY, Christian Science Monitor and AMC Outdoors. He is a National Critics Institute Fellow, member of the American Theatre Critics Association, former dancer and avid hiker.

Juan Michael will speak to his experiences addressing racism in the outdoors and everyday life. Afterwards there will be a Q/A and discussion.

To find out more about Juan Michael please read:
‘We Didn’t Expect to See You’: Racism and Profiling on Katahdin
Bold Type: How I Learned to Reject My Online Abusers
Make the outdoors more equitable— Anti-Racism Daily

We look forward to you joining us!

Q1 Board Meeting

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The first public board meeting of the year will be held on March 17th at 7:00.

Add this to your calendar– we’d love to see you there. The agenda is still being developed, but we will have some updates on Hanging Mountain and much more.

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Agenda:

1) Review upcoming events:
-New event calendar on website!
-Gym to Crag event — March 23rd – 7:00pm
-Silent Auction, March 29th – April 3th
2) Financial Update
3) Membership Update
4) JDEI Committee Update
-Mission Statement Proposal
5) Hanging Mountain Update
-MESA review
6) Farley Update
-FRTA announcement
-Spring trail day Farley

 

Full Zoom meeting info:

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Gym 2 Crag

This virtual Gym 2 Crag event will be hosted by board members Sara McFadden and Michelle Lloyd-Dedischew. If you have mostly only climbed in the gym and want to know the basics of climbing outside, this is a great starting point!

Michelle and Sara have loads of experience climbing in Western Massachusetts and are excited to share that with you. The presentation will cover the basics of equipment, safety and crag etiquette. It will not cover trad climbing or building anchors.

Please register in advance to receive the zoom link.

Community Conversations

Formerly known as Listening Sessions, the WMCC Justice Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee is hosting the next Community Conversation on March 9th at 7:00PM. The goal of the Community Conversation is to provide a safe place for marginalized members of the climbing community to share their stories. This conversation will be facilitated by committee member, Amelia Tarren.

All attendees must complete this google form and register in advance for the session. A zoom link will be sent to you after registering. Thanks to everyone who has been showing up to these conversations and sharing their stories. If you haven’t attended one of these events yet, consider joining this one!

Email the JDEI committee at JDEI@climbgneiss.org if you have any questions.

14th Annual Silent Auction

It’s back! The Silent Auction might look a little different than usual this year, but we’ve been working hard to bring you all the great gear, guidebooks, coffee, and unique items that we always do. The auction will be live from 12:00pm March 29th to 8:00pm April 3rd. You can easily bid on items from home, work, or even out at the crag.

Click here to go to the Silent Auction!

Join us for a zoom party at 7:00pm April 3rd to chat with friends and see who the highest bidders are. Everyone who joins will receive a raffle entry to win a free rope and other raffle prizes!! BYOB.

Click here to join the Zoom Party!

Here is a sneak peak of some of this year’s donors:

Arc’Teryx, Trango, Ski Butternut, Petzl, Bueno Y Sano, Mammut, Ananda Yoga, Tunnel City, Esselon Cafe, RAB Armaid, Central Rock Gym, Scarpa, The Power Company, Gneissskin, Joobwear, Darn Tough, Evolv, La Sportiva, Sterling, Rock and Snow, Rock Spot, and so many more.

So far, we’ve received over $11,000 of climbing gear, gym memberships, training and recovery tools, art, coffee and other unique items!

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Pro Tips

This is our first time doing an online Silent Auction and we’re guessing it might be your first time as well. We’re using 32 Auctions for our auction platform. If you are the winning bidder on Saturday night, you will receive an invoice with a link to easily pay with PayPal or Stripe.

Here are some pro tips:

  • Easily view items: Click the auction link to view auction items. View on your phone or computer.
  • Watch list: If you see an item you like, you can add it to your watch list by clicking the heart symbol.
  • Proxy bidding: You can make an exact bid, or choose to set a proxy bid. To set up a proxy bid, enter the highest bid amount you want to pay for an item. 32 Auctions will then raise one bid increment above any other bids, only up to your proxy bid amount.
  • Shipping: Please pay attention to shipping notes in the item description. Many items will have no shipping charge (gift certs and tickets can be sent in the mail or over email). Some items will be shipped to the winner directly from the donating company at no cost to the winning bidder. Other items will be shipped from WMCC to the winner and we will charge shipping fees. There are also a few items that are local pick up only in western MA.

If you have any questions, please email us at wmcc@climbgeiss.org.

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VIMFF Fundraiser

The WMCC is excited to partner with VIMFF for the 24th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival presented by Arc’teryx. 20% of ticket sales purchased through the WMCC will be donated to the WMCC! Just make sure to purchase your ticket through this link.

 

-Ticket options-

Feature Film: access to one of the feature films. $7

Individual Show Ticket: access to one show (includes 4+ films). $15

Film Only Festival Pass: includes 50+ films, and three live panel discussions. $75

All Access Festival Pass: includes 50+ films, three live panel discussions, and 3 interactive virtual workshops. $95

 

There are many shows to choose from, including the Climbing show, Snowsports show, Adventure show, Environmental show, Womxn in Adventure show, Indigenous Identity in the Outdoors show, and others. Follow the link to see more about each show, the panel discussions, and workshops. Thanks for supporting the WMCC by purchasing a ticket!