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November 23rd, 2005
Just before Thanksgiving, my buddy Hernan (N3OKP) had a extra day off work, and asked if I wanted to try some indoor rock climbing.  We went to Dick's Sporting Goods at the Washingtonian Center (Rio) in Gaithersburg, where inside is a fairly sizable set-up.  I have seen the set-up before, but never anyone on it.  But on this day both Hernan and I would scale the wall. 

Hernan went first, and choose the most difficult course.  He did fairly well, making to the top.....eventually.   It took him a good 20 minutes and a number of breaks along the way up to reach it.  I however choose a difficult, but not the hardest course up.  I made it up with ease, and could have done a more challenging course, so now I know for next time.

Below are some links if you want to learn more.  The Dick's Sporting Goods indoor wall is OK for some younger children, maybe starting around 8 or 10 years old.  When we were there, quite a few parents brought their kids, and I was impressed to see more girls do it than boys.  Below the links are some pictures from our first assent.  In the future I suspect there will be more.
Dick's Sporting Goods  -  The Potomac Mountain Club  -
www.indoorclimbing.com - Rock Climbing School

Pictures
n3prz at MEMA n3prz at MEMA .....no picture....he took too long :)
Hernan starts his assent
Nearing "the ledge"
Nearing the top....
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Jason begins his assent
easy work around "the ledge"
Close to the top, making sure Hernan is getting the picture
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