Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
The KCC was established decades ago by a group of rock climbers that wanted a place to climb in Wichita. After hundreds, if not thousands, of man-hours of hauling, cleaning, engineering, building, hanging, drilling, jack hammering, bolting, retro-fitting, and testing, we finally have that place. Most people that climb at the club today have no idea how much work went into it. They just expect that since it exists now, they should be able to climb there, and as soon as they have to attend a 2 hour membership class, or can't get ahold of someone by phone or email and they have to drive out to the club to talk to someone who doesn't get paid and definitely doesn't want to hear their griping, they get called elitist by some reviewer on Google that probably climbed there a couple times and now doesn't climb at all. The KCC isn't a gym. It's a club. It excepts climbers that want to be involved. That's how it stays open. By the volunteer work of its members. No one gets paid. The guy running the FB page isn't getting anything for being helpful. He doesn't have to do anything. He doesn't insult people. He called a guy Santa Claus because he was wearing a white napkin like a beard, not because he was over weight. If anything his mom insulted him with her comment. All that to say. The members of the KCC are really friendly folks that will stop in the middle of their climbing session to answer whatever dumb questions you have. And if you are willing to get involved, they will be great friends to you.