+++++ Christmas Break until 09/01/23 +++++
+++++ Climbing night cancellation (05/12/22) +++++
+++++ Quick Summerfest Info +++++
Covid hit and we are down a few volunteers today. There is always a bit to do around guiding, printing T-shirts, preparing and baking pizza, preparing the AGM,.. but this time we are spread thin.
So please feel free to jump in and help out where you can.
We got the outside wall going with optional water sprinkler on top! (Bring swimmers and a towel!)
We got an room with aircon and tables for other activities (bring toys for kids or some other activity to keep you busy when you are not climbing)
We got one yard game (finska). Bring more if you have!
We got a few blank T-Shirts from the op shops, but bring your favourite one to finally print the club logo onto it.
$10 for climbing, Pizza is free
See you soon!
+++++ Update on the Summerfest +++++
- Outside ‘waterfall’ climbing (bring change of clothes)
- Aircon room (bring games)
- Yard games
- T-shirt printing (bring your own shirts)
Last year we had a lot of people coming for climbing and the gym filled up quickly. This year we have a few more activities for the outside available.
As the main feature, the outside climbing wall on the back of the building will be active! And because it is summer and likely hot, we have a sprinkler system cooling you down on the wall while you are climbing.
There will be also a couple of yard games (kubb and finska) available and we will have access to the room across the gym, which has aircon and tables.
Other outside activities are printing-your-own-shirt and preparing-pizza-toppings. Don’t forget to bring shirts to print on.
+++++ CCC Summerfest and AGM (Sunday 04/12/22) +++++
Dear Cairns Climbing Club Members,
It is time for the annual tradition of having the CCC Summer Fest and our annual general meeting (AGM)!!!
This means we will have a Sunday afternoon/evening filled with climbing, T-shirt printing, and pizza, followed by the club’s AGM in which we inform you about what happened in the club the last year, and form a new committee for the coming year. We invite you all to come and take part in the club’s official business!
While the AGM is the important event, there will be FUN packed around it. It will be very similar to the ones from last years, we will make and eat pizza, print our logo on T-shirts, and climb.
Date: Sunday, 4th December 2022
Location: The Northern Outlook (where we always are)
2pm – 5pm Climbing for everyone! ($10 entrance fee that basically pays for the pizza)
5pm – 6pm Stone oven Pizza, BYO drinks (no glass!!!)
6.15pm – 7pm AGM
2pm – 5pm Climbing For everyone! ($10)
To support the club, the TNO offers us one night per year without charging climbers an entry-fee. So all funds raised from the entry fee can be used to buy pizza toppings! Thanks, TNO-Team!
3pm – 5pm T-Shirt printing (free, bring your own shirt)
Our screen with the climbing club logo will be read for printing. You only have to bring your own shirt for it to become an official climbing club shirt.
5pm – 6pm Pizza
The beautiful stone oven in the outside area will be hot! The dough will be prepared! Toppings will be available! MYO Pizza and share it with everyone!
BYO drinks. The area is glass-free, so bring cans!
PSA: If you had an alcoholic beverage, you cannot come back into the gym to climb!
6.15pm – 7pm AGM
The AGM will be the official part of the evening. It will start at 6.15pm (when you are all full of delicious pizza).
There will be the general information part with reports of the president (Lars) and the treasurer (Tom) followed by forming a new committee.
This means the committee members will resign from the committee and everyone nominated can be elected to one of the eight positions in the committee. If there are more than 8 candidates, we will have an election and every attending member can vote. When the eight members are elected, the three offices will be filled (president, treasurer, and secretary).
If you are interested in taking part in organising the club, please consider to join the committee!
There is a bit of work involved to make the day fun and to run smoothly. So, we’re looking for people to help with preparing pizzas and screen printing of shirts. Having three people at each spot at any time would be perfect. Please help out where you can!
Your CairnsClimbingClub Committee
(Alex, Fin, Geoff, Jake, Sarah, Tom and Lars)
+++++ EFTPOS is finally available at the club!!!+++++
+++++ Events are bookable 2 weeks ahead (instead of 5 weeks ahead)! +++++
Events are from now on bookable only 2 weeks ahead (has been 5 weeks ahead)!
The committee discussed and decided to change the time anyone can book ahead spots for club nights. For one, we hope that having less time from booking to the event will reduce the number of no-shows as people might forget their booking when they book 5 weeks ahead. Then, it should turn away less people that want to come and are frustrated that there is no free spot for the next 4 weeks. Finally, this should just mix it up a bit; the setting has been good for long term planners, but less good for short term planners. Fair to change that after more than two years.
We hope that it works well and will see how it goes. Maybe leave it, or change back.
Let us know what you think!
+++++ Accidental deletion of event/bookings for the Thursdays 21/04 and 05/05 +++++
We mistakenly deleted the next Thursday events in the booking calendar and thus deleted all the bookings you made. 😬 This impacted the dates 21/04 and 05/05. Sorry about that! We cannot recover the bookings through the website booking plugin and there had not been any notifications been send out. So the only thing we can do is open up the days again and hope everyone impacted will find out.
Apologies for the inconvenience! We hope that everyone gets the info in time.
+++++ Climbing night cancelled due to heavy rain (14/03/22) +++++
+++++ COVID community transmissions and the CCC (01/02/22) +++++
+++++ COVID community transmissions and the CCC (17/01/22) +++++
- keep one rope free between climbing teams,
- physical distance on the ground as much as possible,
- sanitize hands between climbs (treat gear and the wall, which we cannot clean, as potentially infectious).
- check-in when entering,
- wear masks inside, although the mask can be taken off when climbing hard (strenuous activities).
Further, we ask everyone to do the right thing and take care for each other: take the precautions more serious than in times when we had no active cases in Cairns,
- do not come, if feeling unwell or experience COVID symptoms, and
- do not come, if you have been in recent contact with someone COVID positive.
+++++ COVID community transmissions and the CCC (05/01/22) +++++
Dear CCC members,
COVID finally arrived in Cairns with case numbers rising every day and testing being rather insufficient at the moment and uncertainity how everything will develop. The increase in community transmission is of concern for us volunteers running the climbing club.
We do have some precautions i.e. hand sanitizing, physical distancing, mask wearing inside (but strenous activities like climbing can be done without mask), and taking used gear out of circulation for a week. Still, we are a lot of people in a small building, excercise, touch the same gear, have children running around… All in all not great to prevent community transmission with us volunteers being more exposed.
The committee has therefore decided to have a short halt on normal climbing nights and see how the situation develops here in Cairns. Today we do have not enough guides and would have to cancel anyways, and next Thursday is route setting. So we will also cancel next Monday in order to have 2 more weeks to decide how to move on (= no climbing nights until 17/01 or further notice).
It seems like the high vaccination rates and the prevailing omicron variant being highly infectious but also milder might lead to a normalization without too much stress on the health system (fingers crossed). This would allow us to take up business as usual soon.
Stay safe everyone! Please take care of yourselves and others and respect different opinions; we are all in it together!
+++++ Important Notice (05/12/21) +++++
Unfortunately, we had an accident happening during the last climbing night on Thursday; a climber had a ground fall!
The incident happened at the end of the night and involved two experienced climbers. It happened in a single-belay team and we believe it was a combination of factors that lead to the belayer not catching the fall of the climber properly. The fall came as a surprise and because the device had not been locked the slipping rope lead to rope burn and loss of control by the belayer. The climber fell several meters to the ground. Luckily the climber got away with only minor injuries.
The committee is in the process of analysing what happened further and will revise our standard operating procedures in order to come up with a solution that reduces the risk of such accident happening again.
Until further notice everyone must climb with a back-up belayer!
+++++ SummerFest / AGM 2021 +++++
2pm – 5pm Climbing for everyone! ($10 entrance fee that pays the pizza toppings)
5pm – 6pm Stone oven Pizza (BYO drinks are welcome, but without glass)
6.15pm – 7pm AGM
More info on facebook or via email.
+++++ 20/11/21 COVID Update +++++
+++++ 04/08/21 COVID Update +++++
+++++ Rain may impact access to the site +++++
Happy new Wet Season everyone!!!
Flood warnings are out for the next days and here comes the reminder that the site won’t be accessible during heavy rain. The little causeway on the road to the climbing gym floods quickly when it rains in Redlynch and we won’t be able to get in or out.
+++++ CCC SummerFest 2020 (20/12/20) +++++
The CCC Summerfest is happening on Sunday afternoon!
In short this means we will have a Sunday afternoon/evening filled with climbing, T-shirt printing, stone oven pizza, the club’s annual general meeting and finish off with a climbing movie.
- 3:00pm – 5:00pm Climbing For everyone! ($10 entrance fee that goes to the club)
- 5.00pm – 6.00pm Stone oven Pizza (BYO drinks are welcome, but without glass)
- 6.15pm – 7:00pm AGM
- 7.15pm – 9:00ish Movie
Everyone is invited. We will still limit the number of people in the gym to 30 but allow more people in the outside area.
We start on Sunday at 3pm and finish around 9pm.
- From 3pm to 5pm the climbing gym will be open. The entrance fee is only $10 (for everyone) but it goes all to the club (Thanks TNO!) so we can buy the ingredients for the pizza and the colours for the screen printing.
- At the same time we will also do the screen printing. Bring a t-shirt or anything you want the CCC logo printed on.
- From 5pm to 6pm we will prepare and eat fresh stone oven pizza.
- After we filled our bellies, we all attend the annual general meeting (6.15-7pm).
- This is the official part of the evening and contains the presidents and treasurers report about the last financial year. We will end with electing a new committee. Everyone who is interested in taking constructive part in the club is welcome to join.
- To finish off the evening, we will watch a climbing movie on the big screen.
Everyone is invited to come, climb, have fun and eat as much pizza as possible. Please stick around for the AGM, as it is an important event of the club and please help out where you can (e.g with pizza preparation and screen printing).
It will be heaps of fun and I hope to see a lot of you on Sunday.
Our situation in the gym is a bit special and not ideal for containing infectious diseases. We are all cramped in a small room and touch surfaces and gear that cannot be cleaned efficiently. Please keep to the following procedures.
Make sure you are healthy and do not have any of the symptoms!
- Do you have fever? Cough? Sore throat? Headache? Shortness of breath?
- Has anyone in your household had these symptoms in the last 14 days?
- Have you been in contact with anyone having COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
If so, please do not come to the climbing gym in order to protect the health of others!
We will check your temperature before registering and will not allow you in if it exceeds 37.5 degrees.
Please make sure you understand and agree with the following procedures and rules before attending. There is a certain risk involved for you and others. Be aware of that risk and take care!
During climbing events:
- Keep 1.5m distance from your climbing partner and others in the gym.
- Leave one climbing route free next to a climbing team.
- Please wash or sanitize your hands when entering the gym.
- Use the hand sanitizer after you change a climbing route/set of anchors.
Treat the walls, belay devices, and ropes as if they are infected. They cannot be cleaned efficiently.
Gear will be lay out for everyone to take upon arrival and should be placed in boxes when leaving the gym. We try to keep the contact as little as possible. The gear cannot be disinfected chemically, but will be set aside for 7 days in order to have potential virulent particles become inactive. This is not the best way of disinfecting. Please be aware of that when using rental gear. It is recommended to use your own gear. We might also run short of gear, if we have multiple events per week.
Again! Please be aware of the risk involved for you and others. The club is run by volunteers and we are trying to keep the risk of infections as low as possible. We will have to make sure that everyone is safe and non-compliance with the procedures can lead to exclusion from climbing with the club.
Fortunately, the situation is not serious in FN QLD at the moment, but this can chance rapidly.
Thank you very much for your understanding!
Happy (and safe) climbing!!!
+++ IMPRTANT UPDATE +++ (17/03/2020)+++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Given the actual situation around the pandemic coronavirus, we decided it is the best to pause the climbing club activities for a while.
Looking at the development worldwide, Australia is one of the late countries to be hit. But the virus is here and it will spread. We can be active about it and try to slow it down in order to be able to deal with it better.
We believe the gym is a good place for spreading the virus. We cramp 30+ people in the small room and touch the same biners, tubes, ropes and climbing holds, while high-fiving our awesomeness and hugging constantly, because we like each other so much!
In addition, we are all fit, energetic, beautiful people with incredible finger strength and impeccable immune systems. Therefore, we might be carrying the infection without even noticing it. And even though we are not the risk group, we might have loved ones that are not so tough. And because they constantly want to touch our rock-hard biceps, they might risk infection with more severe outcome for themselves.
Fun aside, all signs alert that it is a serious thread. We are lucky in Australia that we are late and can see what happened in other places. Good advise is to isolate and help slowing down the spread to reduce the number of fatalities.
Please understand that not coming to the climbing club will be a good thing.
We miss you already and there will be a big group hug event when it is over, which might take a several weeks/months.
Stay safe and healthy!
Welcome to the Cairns Climbing Club Website!
Our club has access to the climbing facility of the Northern Outlook in Redlynch and runs regular climbing nights for its members.
Everyone is welcome to join the club and be part of a small friendly community of climbers. That means there are no restrictions on age, prior experience, or anything else.
Just come along to any climbing night, sign up, and get started! Kids are very welcome, but might want to bring their parents or a guardian to watch them or help them belaying.
Any new member will get an introduction, in which they get familiarised with the belay technique and the gym in general. The set-up of the gym differs from normal climbing gyms in that we have only top-rope, back-up belayers, and guides to oversee the climbing activities.
There are shoes to rent and harnesses/helmets to use. You only need to bring sporty clothes. You do not need to bring a climbing buddy or a belay team, but can easily meet fellow climbers on the site. We are a very open and friendly community. Just come along and check it out!
Climbing nights are usually every Monday and every second Wednesday, but make sure to look into the calendar!
See you soon!
Disclaimer: The club is non-profit and run by volunteers. This means we try to keep the costs for members as low as possible, and it may be possbile that climbing nights are cancelled on short notice due to lack of available volunteers.