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December 19, 2007 — Spokane, Washington — UClimb, a series of climbing events sponsored by Mountain Gear and designed to teach all-ages how to rock climb in a comfortable small-group setting with other amateur climbers, has announced its schedule of introductory rock climbing events for 2008. Confirmed UClimb event include: • April 12 and 13 at Joshua Tree in California • June 21 and 22 at New River Gorge in West Virginia • July 19 and 20 at Donner Summit in California • September 13 and 14 at Red River Gorge in Kentucky All UClimb events will offer the opportunity for climbing novices to receive professional instruction and hands-on experience in a small group setting while learning climbing techniques, how to use climbing gear, voice commands, knot tying, belaying and etiquette. “Learning to rock climb in small groups with other amateurs makes for a very comfortable setting,” said Phil Bridgers, UClimb event coordinator. “These events are a great event dedicated to bringing people across the country closer to the outdoors.” UClimb events also offer participants registration packages that include a low-cost purchase of basic climbing gear for the two-day event. The package includes shoes, harness, belay device, helmet, locking carabineer and a chalk bag. For more information and to register, call 800.829.2009 or visit uclimb.org.

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