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Indigenous People’s Month

Indigenous People’s Month

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Picture this: you and your friends plan a bouldering trip to Joshua Tree and are eager to explore all the areas you have yet to visit. It is easy to forget that public lands were created through dispossession of millions of Indigenous people. As a reminder, we are on stolen land.

Joshua Tree National Park is an otherworldly desert destination that climbers, hikers, and sight-seers come to set eyes on its beautiful boulders, landscape, and "spiky" trees. Since time immemorial, the Oasis of Mara (known as present-day Joshua Tree National Park) sustained Native American tribes including Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Serrano people, as well as the ancient Pinto culture.  

As Indigenous People's month is celebrated throughout the states we thought we'd take the time to realign our connection to the land from one of dominance to one of reciprocity. When we hike, climb, or backpack let us be intentional in how we do so.

Steps to take before/during your climbing trip:

 While you're on your climbing/hiking trip there are ways you can ensure you are being mindful of Indigenous culture, practices, and land. (This is by no means a comprehensive list and doing specific research on your local crags/areas is highly recommended before recreating outdoors.)

1Is the area/crag sacred to Indigenous communities? If so, reach out to Indigenous leaders and/or conservation professionals who are aware of whether or not sharing specific geographic areas will negatively impact the area.
👉WHY? Many of these areas do not have proper protection in place to handle a large amount of visitors.

2Honor spaces that are specifically closed for Indigenous purposes. If you peruse through your Joshua Tree Bouldering Book or Black Mountain Bouldering book you'll find that there are crag areas that are completely closed to climbing/hiking. Respect these closures.

Timeline of closure

3. Understand that cultural sites/formations/structures are still used in traditional ceremonial practices todayAvoid touching or damaging rock art.

4. Stay on marked trails.

5. First Ascents and exploration are NOT more important than cultural resources.

6. Understand that Indigenous communities exist in the present-day in various outdoor/urban areas.

8Take time to understand Indigenous communities that are currently and have previously resided in that area.

Source: @indigenousfieldguide. You can sign their pledge here.

How to support Indigenous communities this month and every month:

1. Do your research before going outdoors: an awesome all-around resource is the organization @indigenousfieldguide they provide public education on accessing the outdoors through an Indigenous lens.

2. Connect with a land advisor: connect with Indigenous guides and advisors to help you navigate how to ethically recreate outdoors.

3. Support Indigenous Brands/organizations: @nativesoutdoors, @indigenouswomxnart, @indigenousfieldguide @queernature @indigenouswomenhike @wildernesssociety

4. Educate yourself. Here are some starting points: Which Indigenous lands are you on?Books written by Indigenous authorsNative American Art in Joshua TreeOrganization that is dedicated to conserving land in Twenty-Nine Palms,

'As Long As Grass Grows' by Dina Gilo-Whitaker

Join us for Monday Night Meetup Nov 21st:

To show our support we will be hosting a raffle at Monday Night Meetup on November 21st in support of Native Women's Wilderness Fundraiser. For every dollar donated by Sender One members, they'll be entered to win an Edelrid Boa Eco 9.8mm 60m rope! You can participate at any of the Sender One locations. 

Where to find more information about the organization: https://www.nativewomenswilderness.org/ 

Where to donate to Native Women's Wilderness: https://www.betterunite.com/nativewomenswilderness-everest 

Sign up for the event @ SNA here, LAX here, or Playa Vista here!

Take home:

When we advocate for public lands let us also advocate for the Native people who still feel the impact of 1492. People and land are inherently valuable and non-exploitable. When we evaluate our impact on the land and Indigenous communities we acknowledge that earth is not a commodity but a partner to us that we need to respect and give as much as we take.

Sender One Westwood Update

Sender One Westwood Update

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An update on the Sender One Westwood bouldering gym

We’re excited to announce that after 2 years of delays from COVID and city permitting, construction on our Westwood bouldering gym is finally underway. Just as UCLA students are returning to campus this fall, we’re making progress on turning the Mann Festival Theatre, which closed back in 2009, into a beautiful climbing gym. 

Sender One Westwood will feature 10,000 square feet of climbing, yoga, and fitness. This space will even include an upstairs mezzanine dedicated to climbing-specific training, including equipment like adjustable training boards.  

Progress in building up this gym is especially meaningful, as our CEO and co-founder Alice Kao (UCLA ‘01) fondly remembers watching movies at the Mann Festival Theatre during her time as a student. With these nostalgic memories, her excitement for the new gym opening is mixed with some sadness in seeing the historic theatre go. 

We are so proud and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the growth of Westwood Village while building up the future of rock climbing as a community and as a sport. Follow along for more updates via our website and social media platforms. For more information and Sender One Westwood, visit this article from the UCLA newsroom and this blog post!

Sender One Westwood at Night

Mini update on new Sender One locations… 

In other news, Sender One Lakewood is about to go into permitting! We hope to start raising the roof early next year with an expected opening in late 2023. In the meantime, Sender One Huntington Beach is still slated to open in 2024. Thank you for being a part of our community and growing with us! 

Facilities Upgrades at SNA (Santa Ana)!

Facilities Upgrades at SNA (Santa Ana)!

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So it begins! The renovation project we have all been waiting for has arrived. We’re adding laundry & towel service to our main gym in Santa Ana, as well as two gender neutral and family restrooms (with a shower in one of them)!

These upgrades mean better service from start to finish. Laundry facilities ensure we can leave as clean as we came in (no more damp towels in your backpack). Gender neutral and family restrooms ensure all climbers feel welcome and safe to come off a hard climb sparkling clean.

Whether you’re climbing on your lunch, with your kids, or seeking a gym that’s as inclusive as its routes are rad, these upgrades will mean a better visit for you.

This long awaited project begins on May 2nd and will last until end of July. Yes, there will be some hurdles to overcome, but when all is said and done, everyone will have something new to appreciate!

During construction, our main gym restrooms will be closed. To ensure everyone is able to climb comfortably, we’re providing additional service and restocking at the restrooms and showers of the Yoga & Fitness studio next door, which will remain open. Additionally, on-site mobile restrooms will be available. The nice ones, don't worry 😉!

Check out the timeline of the project and learn more below.

 

Timeline of closure

May 2nd

🚽 Main Gym bathrooms will close on both sides. Portable toilets arrive for Sender City and parties!

🎉 Hallway to Party Room will close

🧘 Yoga & Fitness Annex bathrooms will remain available

May 4th

⚒️ Demolition begins and the project gets underway!

🗓 No construction will occur on weekends

🚪 Parties will enter through Sender City side door to party room (instead of down the hallway)

May 27th

🎊 Estimated opening of the two gender neutral / family bathrooms on Sender City side!

June 6th

⚒️ Estimated date we'll begin the mezzanine stair demolition

🧑‍🏫 Intro classes will be held on the "shorty wall," directly across from the current intro class area

🧗 The "Top Out" boulder will not be able to be topped out during this time. Setters will modify it to allow down climbing from this section during construction

There is a possibility we will get started on the mezzanine sooner, and we'll (happily) notify everyone should that occur!

July 27th

🥳 Estimated completion date for mezzanine stairs and reopening of all facilities.

Bathroom Upgrades

Our bathroom upgrades provide facilities for all sorts of people. Folks visiting with little ones will have a dedicated space separate from the main facilities. Those not served by the facilities up front will also find a safe space for their needs, without having to sacrifice the joy of a hot shower after a long session! If you're looking for where to go before these facilities open, this little map should help you out!

map of alternative restrooms

Upgrading the Mezzanine

Our new mezzanine will add more than a new set of stairs. With the new layout, we will have more space to host our intro classes, making first-time climbers feel more comfortable and welcome. Frequent members will appreciate the added space's improvements to the flow of foot traffic too - especially in those busy hours! Also, it will look nice!

Mezanine Render

Laundry Area & Towel Service

Anyone who's ever worked out knows how beautiful a clean towel really is. Bringing in towel service to Santa Ana is one of the top requests from members, and we are overjoyed to see its premiere on the horizon.

Mezanine Render

Why now?

As some may know, these upgrades were originally slated for January. However, as you’ve probably experienced outside the gym, supply chain issues have interrupted plans in every aspect of life this year. When we found out we were able to jump on the opportunity to get the upgrades rolling, we knew not to miss the window. Our members deserve these upgrades, and the sooner the better!

It's a lot of work, but these changes will help us better meet the needs of our community and ensure Sender One SNA remains the best place to climb in Orange County. When you visit the gym, you'll notice plentiful signs to help you navigate and staff will be on hand to help.

Once it's all done we'll all wipe the sweat off our brows, toss the towels in the new laundry machines, and look back on this as an amazing investment in our gym's future.

Thank you all for coming along with us as we project these upgrades together!

First Look: Climbing Walls of Sender One Westwood

First Look: Climbing Walls of Sender One Westwood

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A first look at the climbing walls of Sender One Westwood.

Our fourth location and second bouldering-only facility will reside in the historic Westwood Village. Slated to open later this year, this 8,000 sf climbing center will also include a 2,000 sf upstairs mezzanine with training boards, fitness, and yoga. We are currently in the permitting process and hope construction will begin in early spring!

Introducing the Sender One Westwood location logo (left), plus a mini-sneak peek of the space (not entirely to scale), specifically the design of the climbing walls provided by Walltopia. The inspiration behind Sender One Westwood's logo and walls focuses on the uniqueness of the original space, the Mann Festival Theatre (think film strips, directional lighting, projectors) which opened in 1969, 40 years after being one of the first six buildings in the Westwood Village area in 1929. It was actually the first Ralphs supermarket store! The theatre has remained vacant since 2009 after it permanently closed.

We're honored and thrilled to bring life to this historic building. The wall designs and the interior will preserve a theatre-like feel. We're even keeping the marquee at the entrance to pay tribute to the once-popular Westwood venue. 

Opening 2022

We look forward to creating new climbing experiences in the Westwood Village neighborhood and serving our existing community. Follow along for updates and job opportunities through our social media platforms and website. For more about Sender One Westwood and the location, revisit the original announcement post!

Announcement: Sender One Huntington Beach

Announcement: Sender One Huntington Beach

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Updated 1/21/21

Sender One Climbing to open its third bouldering-only facility in Huntington Beach, CA. Promised Westwood location in Los Angeles moves forward.

Announcing: Sender One Huntington Beach!

Sender One is excited to announce that we are expanding our climbing family! We're bringing new heights to Bella Terra in Huntington Beach, CA! In addition to our current two full-service locations in Orange County and Los Angeles, Sender One Huntington Beach will be the third bouldering-only facility after Playa Vista (2021) and Westwood (2022).

Bouldering is a form of climbing where you don’t need a rope or harness to scale the walls. All you need are some climbing shoes, chalk (optional), and the desire to rock climb! Indoor bouldering typically involves climbing up and down walls that are between 12-16 feet tall. Just like our other Sender One facility, this climbing space will cater to brand new and experienced climbers. 

This location is projected to open in late 2023, or early 2024. 

 

About the Space and Location

Sender One Huntington Beach will be a 9000 sf bouldering and fitness facility. We are especially thrilled to be expanding our footprint in this area and to further serve the Orange County community. We may not have all the fine details just yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated when we find out more!

Bella Terra in Huntington Beach is an outdoor, open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment experience located right off the 405 freeway and just 10 minutes from the beach. Before or after your climbing session, you can conveniently grab a bite to eat or sip on some coffee, get your groceries at Whole Foods or Costco, or treat yourself to some shopping. Follow them on Instagram @bellaterrahb to start exploring the area!

We’re looking forward to discovering and connecting with the Huntington Beach community as the Sender One family continues to grow!

By the way, we are working hard on finding our next full-service location! Stay tuned.

 

Sender One Westwood Update

Still on track to open late 2022, Sender One Westwood has made some progress since the last update in 2021 by finalizing the design and engineering of the space. This 10,000 sf bouldering-only facility will also include an upstairs mezzanine overlooking the climbing where the training boards, fitness, and yoga will reside. We are currently in the permitting process and hope to begin construction as early as Spring 2022.

Although we were delayed due to the pandemic, we are delighted to be opening up as other new businesses and restaurants fill the Westwood Village area and students return to school. Check out this article about the lively return of Westwood Village.

For more about Sender One Westwood and the location, revisit the original announcement post!

 

Sender One LAX to Host 2021 Paraclimbing World Cup

Sender One LAX to Host 2021 Paraclimbing World Cup

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We are overjoyed to announce that our Los Angeles location, Sender One LAX, will be hosting the 2021 Paraclimbing World Cup this October 9th and 10th. Specifically, this event will be the third Paraclimbing World Cup as part of a series with the two other world cup events held in Innsbruck, Austria, and Briançon, France.

Despite the impacts of the pandemic, we will always be thankful for the opportunity to host the Pan American Championships in early 2020. These special and unique events not only celebrate and support the growth of competition climbing but are inspiring moments that we can share with the climbing community.

Look out for more information about the 2021 Paraclimbing World Cup at Sender One LAX

Read the full press release from USA Climbing and the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC).

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