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Playa Vista’s Winter Bouldering League

Playa Vista’s Winter Bouldering League

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Written by Hailey McFelia | Edited by Alexandra Erdman

 

Winter Bouldering league feels like it was an event made for our Playa Vista location! This gym was Sender One’s first adventure in a bouldering-exclusive facility. So when it’s time for us to host Bouldering League, it feels like the most wonderful time of the year!

Teams of 4 come together to push themselves and each other to send climbs in order to gain points each week. The team with the most points by the 4th week are the champions! Not sure if you can bring a team together? No sweat! Apply as a free agent and we’ll assemble a team for you. Don’t forget to think of a fun team name. Best team name wins a special prize. Last year, the Playa Vista team was pleased as punch with the “Danny De V2’s”. We can’t wait to see what y’all come up with. 

“Climb Together” is one of Sender One’s core values and Bouldering League provides us with an event that truly (and literally) embodies that. It’s true, you can roll on into the gym on your own time to get in your climbs for the week. Even if you can’t make your schedules align with your team, don’t worry! It will all come together for a spectacular evening during Finals Night. Not only will every participant and team be there, but everyone will only have 4 hours to get their climbs in. The energy in the gym is high and the stoke is on! To add to that excitement we also have a raffle with some fantastic prizes thanks to our sponsors. So even if you’re not set on winning the championship, you can join in the fun and get a chance to win some cool prizes.

We look forward to having you at the 2024 winter Bouldering League! For rules and how to sign up click here!

Care For The Crag: Malibu Creek Crag Cleanup

Care For The Crag: Malibu Creek Crag Cleanup

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Written by Eric Ho | Edited by Alexandra Erdman | Photos by Anthony Juan | Banner Photo by Elias Hardt

 

What comes to mind when you hear 'Malibu Creek'? Hiking. Climbing. Planet of the Apes. Bikers. THAT traverse. Gorgeous.

If you’re a member of the Sender One community, you’ll also recognize Malibu Creek, along with Pirates Cove and Stoney Point, as one of the three beloved crags that our Cares Program attends to. It is a premiere climbing destination in SoCal; very accessible from both Los Angeles and Orange County. Malibu Creek has something for everybody: bouldering, sport climbing, as well as top rope options.

If you're wondering what Care For The Crag actually means to Sender, here is our definition!

CARE FOR THE CRAG: Our passion for climbing expands beyond our walls and out into our parks and local climbing crags. Sender One one is committed to sharing our knowledge of outdoor climbing etiquette and doing hands-on work at outdoor climbing areas so that they remain available for years and future generations to come.

Why should we care about our crags? Climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts are already familiar with the maxim Leave No Trace. Everything we bring into an existing ecosystem, we want to pack out. We don’t want to introduce foreign bacteria into a delicate environment. That’s also why we stay on hiking trails and why some sections are blocked off: so that the natural flora and fauna can recuperate from various forms of destruction. Respect the local wildlife and leave what you find (unless it's trash, of course).

Sadly, not everyone always adheres to Leave No Trace, but that’s why Sender One hosts regular crag cleanups! Our crew this past weekend found items large and small, from giant metal frames to broken glass and aluminum bottles. A total of 30 members of the community showed up to help and, together, we collected over 160 lbs of trash! A hearty thank you to all our volunteers who came out on an early Saturday morning and shared in their passion for Care for the Crag.

Save the date for our next crag cleanups: Stoney Point in April and Pirate's Cove in July. Keep crushing indoors and helping us keep the outdoors clean and safe!

Year Of The Dragon

Year Of The Dragon

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Written by Kadisha Aburub | Edited by Alexandra Erdman 

 

February 10, 2024 will mark a Lunar New Year. It’s the Year of the Dragon! But wait, what exactly is the Lunar New Year? We encourage folks to attend Lunar New Year events, chat with folks who celebrate Lunar New Year, and learn a thing or two about the celebration.

We’ll do our best to break down what we’ve learned about Lunar New Year and we’ll be featuring some exciting artwork created by Kat Ku in our new Lunar New Year merch line. 

For starters, the Lunar New Year is characterized by the lunisolar calendar. The lunisolar calendar is marked by the phases of the moon, starting with the new moon phase. The placement of these months is characterized by the Sun-Earth phenomena, the solstice. 

Millions around the world celebrate Lunar New Year, while some dates overlap, some might have differences in the calendar so vary by a few days. For example, Han Chinese, Koreans,Vietnamese, and Yao people celebrate Lunar New Year on the same day. 

So, it’s the year of the dragon? But how did the dragon and all the animals become an integral part of the Lunar New Year? Well for starters it is based on the Chinese Zodiac. The story goes: twelve animals were selected to race one another and to win had to cross a rapid current river. There was a cat and rat who hated one another and were horrid swimmers but were incredibly smart. So they hitched a ride with the generous ox. While the ox carried them across the river the rat pushed the cat into the river, removing the cat from the race. When the ox got to shore, the rat jumped in front of the ox and made first place, with the ox in second. The tiger followed shortly after the ox, coming in third. The rabbit jumped to fourth, and in fifth the dragon. While everyone thought the dragon would be in first, it noticed the rabbit needed help as it slipped on one of the rocks so gave the rabbit a puff of air to get it back on its feet. After the dragon the horse was behind, but the sneaky snake scared the horse at its feet, and slithered into sixth place, with the horse in seventh. After the sheep, monkey, and rooster finished but actually ended up helping one another across the river via a raft. In eleventh place was the dog, although a great swimmer, couldn’t resist wading in the water and taking a bath. And just as the race was about to close, an “oink” was heard in the distance, the pig finishing in last, with it stopping in the middle of the race, falling asleep, and then waking back up to finish in twelfth place. 

While there are a few variations of the story, we hope you learned a fun story about the animals associated with Lunar New Year.

Happy Year of the Dragon!!

Featuring our Lunar New Year merch line: “Discover and Connect”. Artwork done by Kat Ku. 

A Gift-Giving Guide to Sender One

A Gift-Giving Guide to Sender One

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Written and Formatted by Alexandra Erdman

 

As the holiday season kicks in full swing, consider the Sender One shop for potential gifts!

While December is Member Appreciation Month, we are also running Holiday Deals and a Sender City Annual pass sale so you can show appreciation for yourself and your loved ones! 

From now until December 24th, our Sender City Annual Pass will be only $369. Normally it's $439, that’s over 15% off! You can purchase a Sender City Annual Pass online or in person. Here’s a link to buy online for SNA and LAX!

Not sure about Sender City, yet? That’s okay! Here’s a link to book your Sender City session: SNA and LAX.

You’ll also have the opportunity to earn an additional gift card on qualified purchases over $50! Here’s a breakdown of what that’ll look like!

  • Spend $50; Get a $5 Gift Card
  • Spend $100; Get a $25 Gift Card
  • Spend $200; Get a $50 Gift Card

(This deal is only valid on gift cards and retail items and must be purchased in-person.)

Whether you’re purchasing a gift for a new climber or an experienced one…(Or maybe you’re looking to treat yourself!) Here is a quick guide of what gear fits best for the different types of climbers!

Top Essentials for any climber; Sport Climbers and Boulderers alike:

(You simply cannot  go wrong with this gear)

  • SHOES 
    • Climbing shoes at Sender One vary in style and difficulty level, as well as the type of climbing. 
    • For example, the Evlolv Geshido's are a particularly great shoe because they are designed for all types of terrain and a great shoe for both outdoor and indoor climbing. 
  • CHALK BAGS & CHALK!
    • Sender One has a particularly extensive chalk bag selection, ranging from collabs with Cotopaxi and Static to Sender One's very own chalk bag
  • BRUSHES
    • You can never go wrong with gifting a climber their very own brush to use on holds in the gym or on the rock outside! You can even choose from vegan or boar's hair chalk brushes.

Must-Haves in the Rope Area:

  • Partial to Top Roping or just new to ropes in general? YOU NEED A HARNESS
    • Sender One carries 2 different brands of harnesses: Petzl and Edelrid
    • We also carry different types of harness depening on the size (including youth sizing) and comforability you're looking for!
  • A Few Gift Ideas for the Lead Climbers
    • Rope!
      • If you're interested in lead climbing, you definitely need your own rope. Sender One offers both Sterling and Edelrid ropes and they can vary from 50m-60m
    • Rope Bag (Because who wants to carry a giant rope around all the time?)
    • Belay Device! 
      • Like ropes, we also do not loan out belay devices (You can only rent shoes, chalk and harness from the front desk). BUT if you want to be like Sender One, grab a Gri-Gri from our shop! There are a lot of different belay devices out there in the world and not all can be used at Sender One. Sender One carries our "pre-approved" belay devices for purchase, which includes the Gri-Gri (which is what we have set up on all of our top ropes) 
    • Belay Glasses! Why strain your neck when you could get some colorful glasses to help you watch your climber?
  • Special Gift for a Specialized Climber?
    • Gloves for Crack Climbing!

Maybe you and your friends are all set on gear. That’s cool. But are you all set on style?

Here are some gift ideas for lifestyle!

    • Merch! 
      • There is no shortage of stylish shirts and sweaters at Sender One. Shop our seasonal collections, including our recent Fall Line, OR shop our collab collections with Cotopaxi!
    • Water Bottles (Hydration is key)!
    • Packs!
      • The Sender One x Cotopaxi collab has got you covered when it comes to packs. You can get anything from a fanny pack, cooler bag, rope bag, or just a good old fashioned backpack!
    • Crashpads!
      • Newton said it best: Whatever goes up, must come down. So when you inevitably take that fall outdoors, have a crashpad below you to protect those precious bones.

 

Most, if not all, of these products are offered at any of our 3 gyms. When you go into your gym, ask a team member at the front desk to help you find the right gear or merch! If you buy or receive a Sender One gift, be sure to tag us on Instagram or use the hashtags #senderone #sendwithus

For more information about our Holiday Deals and Sender City Annual Pass Sale, visit this page. Happy Shopping!

We Appreciate You!

We Appreciate You!

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Written by Hailey McFelia | Edited by Alexandra Erdman | Photos by Jason Chang & Bell Sarian Wong

 

December is a time for giving and spending time with those important to you. At Sender One, our members are important to us and we want to give back to you! As a thank you for being part of the Sender One community we have events, sales, classes and clinics just for our Sender members! 

Since it’s the holiday season, each gym will have a holiday party exclusively for our members. Santa Ana and LAX will host their holiday parties in Sender City. Join us in Sender City for games, bites, and a raffle! Meanwhile, Playa Vista will host their Holiday Party after hours where you can partake in drinks, snacks, a holiday raffle, games, a white elephant gift exchange, and, of course, bouldering! 

One of our anticipated clinics is with The Climbing Doctor. The Climbing Doctor is not only known for educating climbers on injury prevention and training, but utilizing medical providers as well. You can take part in the Injury prevention clinics at Santa Ana and LAX. 

If you haven’t had a chance to try one of our mending clinics now is your chance! Not only will you be taught mending skills to bring those beloved climbing pants back to life, but you will also be able to make a gift! Come and make awesome embroidered holiday ornaments while enjoying hot cocoa with friends! Make a thoughtful gift for your loved one, or bring your own stitching project. No experience or materials required, just a festive mood!

Members can also further their climbing education with exclusive climbing classes. Hone in your speed or crack climbing skills at our SNA and LAX locations. If you haven’t been able to try our Adult Training Club at SNA, now is your chance! Usually these classes are an extra cost, but for member appreciation month it is free for our members! It’s our gift to you! 

If you’ve ever wanted to try out Sender City, now is the time to do it! On December 11th and 19th all of our Sender City locations are free for our members during 6:30pm and 7:30pm time slots. Please book a session ahead of time, as space is limited. 

If you are looking for a more laid back event, Playa Vista has you covered with Boulders and Brews. Swing by our bouldering gym for a climbing session followed socializing and merriment at our neighboring restaurant Hopdoddy. First round is on us! 

We can’t thank you enough for sending with us! We are so grateful for your presence and support. And, don’t forget! In addition to these classes and events, you also can enjoy 20% off of our Sender One shop and an extra guest pass (2 total)! Enjoy these tokens of our appreciation and don’t forget to RSVP ASAP to these classes and events.

Learn more and RSVP here!

Friendsgiving at Sender One

Friendsgiving at Sender One

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Written by Kadisha Aburub | Edited by Alexandra Erdman | Photos by Bell Sarian Wong

 

While some folks in the western world associate Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving with miles of food like mashed potatoes and turkey it's crucial to acknowledge the history behind this day. 

Thanksgiving, for Indigenous people, is a day of mourning and protest commemorating the arrival of settlers in North America and the centuries of oppression and genocide that ensued for Indigenous people. We recognize this and honor those who choose to publicly mourn or not partake in festivities. In light of this, we honor and hold space for the Indigenous communities, past and present, who have lived and continue to live on this land. 

As we delve into the significance of these historical truths, we find resonance in the spirit of community and unity. Sender One Climbing Gyms across the region recently united for a unique celebration, blending the joys of climbing with the warmth of shared food. Members also participated in a canned food drive in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club.

As we reflect on these interconnected themes, we invite our community to continue exploring the history of the land you work, live, and recreate on. Let this reflection serve as a foundation for fostering an environment of respect and appreciation for the diverse communities that make up climbing and beyond.

Check out last year’s blog on Indigenous People’s Month.

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