The doors are closed to most of us.
Publish lists of truly open events where organizers are not micromanaging who can attend. The list will be incredibly short. Others have commented on this and per usual someone with 'official authority' to do so deleted their thoughts and suggestions. This is absurd, rude, and asinine. The arrogance demonstrated is remarkable. The issue stands. There are painfully few outings available (particularly for Basic Climbing Grads) to participate in. This does not feel like a club at all, but a set of tight cliques that are energetically guarded.
You are not alone in your frustration about the limited number of climbs for basic grads. In fact I’d encourage you to read this thread and comment on it which discusses this same issue so you can better understand the climb leader’s perspective as well
I am closing this feedback item because we are trying to make sure their aren’t duplicates of the same item. The issue you brought up is incredibly important and was actually discussed recently by the managing committee.
The Managing Committee met on April 30, 2015 and decided to take no action on the issue right now. Central issues that contribute to these frustrations that they identified were a shortage of leaders and the various legitimate needs for pre-filling a roster that should not be disrupted. However, they decided that working on increasing the leader base and monitoring frustrations related to this issue should be prioritized by all committees. A link to the meeting minutes are available here:
I encourage you to comment on the thread I posted above and feel free to contact the managing committee with your thoughts. I also encourage you to reach out to the climbing committee chairs. Let me know if I can provide those emails for you or you can find them yourself if you go to our branches and committees pages.
I’d also encourage you as a basic grad to consider volunteering as an instructor for some of our basic field trips because it is a great way to meet more people within the mountaineers climbing community who are also posting climbs.
I know this isn’t a perfect solution but this is an issue that both staff and volunteer leadership are working on addressing and we encourage any specific solutions you may have to be added to the feedback thread above.