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Member Clinics November 2010

FREE Members Only Clinics! Check out the upcoming schedule for November 2010!


FREE Member Clinic Location, Date and Time Description
Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Bouldering Babes : Women’s Clinic*

A clinic just for the ladies! Come work with some of ET Columbia’s hard women and focus on skills and drills to improve you climbing. Class will be mostly taught in the bouldering area. *Due to limited enrollment, please sign up at the front desk.
Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7-8pm

Core Clinic

It’s true that the arm bone is connected to the shoulder bone, but how is the shoulder bone connected to the hip bone?  Through the core!  We’ll discuss how core strength requirements for rock climbers differ from those of other athletes, and learn exercises that will improve your ability to move through steep rock.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:30-8:30 pm

Improve Your Footwork

Small improvements in footwork can add up to greater progress in technical difficulty. Through better footwork, you can expect an improvement in your overall climbing endurance, to use your forearms less and to flow smoothly and quickly up the rock or wall. 
Every Wednesday in November at 7pm & 8pm

Yoga for Climbers*

In partnership with Charm City YogaTwo 45 minute sessions will be offered each scheduled evening starting at 7:00pm and 8:00pm.  Space is limited so be sure to call the gym ahead of time or arrive early to reserve your spot. BYOM: Bring-Your-Own-Mat. 


FREE Member Clinic Location, Date and Time Description
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 8-9pm


Have you ever thought about how climbers get down from the top of a mountain? Do you know why your ATC has two slots in it? If you think rappelling is only for the boy scouts, think again. Come join the Earth Treks Free Member Clinic on rappelling Wednesday, November 10th.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 8-9pm

Preventative Maintenance

Tired of those nagging finger/elbow/shoulder/back/hip/knee/ankle injuries? Learn how you can train to minimize those injuries with Personal Trainer Fernando Jimenez.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 8-9pm

Training for Ice Climbing

Do you find the transition from rock to ice to be to challenging? Do you struggle up ice routes? Learn how you can maximize your outdoor ice climbing experience by training like a pro inside.
Every Tuesday in November at 7pm & 8pm

Yoga for Climbers*

In partnership with Charm City YogaTwo 45 minute sessions will be offered each scheduled evening starting at 7:00pm and 8:00pm.  Space is limited so be sure to call the gym ahead of time or arrive early to reserve your spot. BYOM: Bring-Your-Own-Mat.


FREE Member Clinic Location, Date and Time Description
Monday, November 8, 2010, 9-10pm

Slacklining Clinic

Slacklining is a balance sport that uses webbing stretched tight between two anchor points. Great fall activity to do on off days or on a climbing trip. Slacklining improves balance while increasing leg and core strength.
Monday, November 29, 2010, 9-10pm

Rope Washing

Oh No! The climbing season is over, and that nasty time of year called Winter is beginning to roll in. Only one thing left to do now, wash that rope you punished this fall. Once spring rolls around you’ll be glad you attended Earth Treks Free Member’s Clinic on Rope washing.
Every Wednesday in November at 7pm and 8pm

Yoga for Climbers*

In partnership with Thrive YogaTwo 45 minute sessions will be offered each scheduled evening starting at 7:00pm and 8:00pm.  Space is limited so be sure to call the gym ahead of time or arrive early to reserve your spot. BYOM: Bring-Your-Own-Mat. 

Clinics are FREE to annual members. Clinics marked with an asterisk ( * ) have a limitednumber of spaces available and pre-registrationis recommended (required for some clinics). Call the gym to pre-register.

Member News November 2010

The jack-o-lanterns are out and the goblins are about! Join the staff of ET Timonium for a spook-tacular Halloween party Friday night and the staff of Columbia on Saturday. Come in costume and enter the contest to win cool prizes!

Winter Hoursjackolantern.jpg

Extended Saturday hours for the winter go into effect next week! Starting November 1st, all three Earth Treks locations will be open until 8:00pm on Saturday. Longer hours = more time to get your climb on!

  • Monday 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday – Thursday 12:00pm – 11:00 pm
  • Friday 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

abs_logo.jpgABS Bouldering Comp

We have teamed up once again with USA Climbing to host the fourth ABS bouldering comp of the season for the Capital Region. On Saturday November 6th,climbers from all over the region will compete for a $500 cash purse as well as a season’s worth of bragging rights. Categories range from Youth through Masters and prizes will be awarded to the top three in all adult categories!

Prior to the comp, sections of the prow, bouldering cave and the lead wall in Timonium will be stripped. Starting Monday 11/1, climbing will be limited in these areas. During this time, all Timonium members will have unlimited access to Columbia or Rockville free of charge. Ask at the front desk for details. *Please note that if you are competing, we ask that you use the top rope area, slab wall or upstairs for climbing between Monday 11/1 and Saturday 11/6. ET Staff will be on the lookout for competitors climbing in the competition areas!

Member Clinics

As always, ET Members have unlimited access to a variety of clinics offered every month in all three locations. Member Clinics are a great way to brush up on fundamentals like footwork or try something new like slacklining. Don’t forget to take advantage of FREE yoga sessions taught by Charm City Yoga (Columbia & Timonium) and Thrive Yoga (Rockville) offered weekly!  Our resident yogis have developed a fantastic program of Yoga for Climbers with the goal of building strength, getting limber and staying healthy.View the full schedule of November’s member clinics here.

127_promo_art_color.jpg127 HOURS

We’re offering a special contest just for ET members! Win 2 tickets to an advance screening of 127 HOURS in either DC or Baltimore. 127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of 2009’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

To enter, friend us on Facebook and post your favorite ET climbing photo to our wall. Photos must be from one of our three locations. Bonus points awarded for photos of climbers in their Halloween costume!

Winner will have a choice of either DC or Baltimore screening: The DC screening takes place at the Georgetown AMC, Monday November 8th at 7:30pm. The Baltimore screening will be held at the fabulous Charles Theatreon Monday, November 15th at 7:30pm.

2010 ABS Comp Timonium

2010_abs_compWhere: Earth Treks Climbing Center, Timonium, MD [Directions]

When: November, 6 2010

  • Check-In For All Competitors: 9am
  • Competitors Meeting: 10:30am
  • Climbing: 11am-5pm
  • Finals: 6:45pm
    • Top 5 male scores and top 5 female scores will advance to finals.
  • Awards: 8pm
    • Prizes to top three in all adult categories.
    • $500 Cash Purse! 


  • Pre-Registraion (Available Online till 6pm tonight):
    • $40 (USAC Member)
    • $45 (non-USAC Member)
  • Day-Of Registration:
    • $50 (USAC Member)
    • $55 (non-USAC Member)

Pre-Register Online Today by 6pm!  Click the correct registration button based on your USAC Membership status and make sure calendar is set to November. All categories will be chosen on the day of.

Pre-Registration USAC Member:

Pre-Registration USAC Non Member:

What is USA Climbing?It is the national governing body of competitive climbing in the US. The website has a ton of information.Where to go to be an ABS Member?


  • Youth
    • Youth D / born in the years 2000 or later
    • Youth C / born in the years 1998 or 1999
    • Youth B / born in the years 1996 or 1997
    • Youth A / born in the years 1994 or 1995
    • Junior /  born in the years 1992 or 1993
  • Citizens
    • Beginner V0-V2
    • Intermediate V3-V5
    • Advanced V6-V8
    • Open V8+
    • Masters 40+

Member News October 2010

As the leaves begin to change and the temperature outside gets cooler every day, we’d like to wish you a happy fall season filled with plenty of pumpkins and strong climbing.

Slackline Yoga Clinic in Rockville this Wednesday! slackline.jpg

Slackline Yoga (or slackasana) has been described as “distilling the art of yogic concentration.” To balance on a 1″ peice of webbing lightly tensioned between two trees is not easy, and doing yoga poses onit is even more challenging. Yet despite the seemingly impossible nature of the act, it is achievable by almost anyone with a little bit of perserverance and patience. The practice has many layers, simultaneously developing focus, dynamic balance, power, breath, core integration, flexibility, and confidence.

Join Adi Carter of YogaSlackers for a unique slackline yoga clinic at ET Rockville on Wednesday, October 13th from 6-8pm.  Cost: $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for registration. The members of team YogaSlackers have collectively taught over 5,000 people (from 2 to 82 yrs old) to successfully embrace this form of amazing asana.  For more info on YogaSlackers, visit their website here or to get a better idea of what they do, check out this great video!


2010 Reel Rock Film Tour returns to Maryland this Friday! 

Reel Rock is back and better than ever! This year, Reel Rock turns five, and co-founders Sender Films and Big UP Productions are celebrating by taking you on a global ride like never before. From death-defying speed link-ups of the wildest faces in The Alps, to Olympian displays of strength and tenacity on the hardest boulders ever climbed, Reel Rock 2010 features a breathtaking journey through the vertical realm with the heroes of rock and snow.

Festival tickets are available at all Earth Treks locations: $15 in advance ($12 students with school ID) or $17 (students $14) at the door. The festival is being held at McGuire Hall, Andrew White Student Center, Loyola College of Maryland. [ Event Website ]