Let me see if I have this straight: I spend my entire skiing winter trying not to hit a rock and now you want me to hug one when there is still snow on the slopes?
"I only want what's best for you..." :-)
The Ovarian Cancer Benefit Fundraiser is hosted by the local climbing gyms in the area, SportRock (in VA) and Earth Treks (in MD). The climbing that you will be doing, will be done indoors where the floor is padded, no loose rocks and no out control skiers/boarders anywhere near you. It is pretty safe and fun.
There is one SportRock near you, right off the Van Dorn Beltway exit, on Eisenhower St. next to the Van Dorn metro. The other SportRock is in Sterling. The Earth Treks are in Rockville, Columbia and Timonium. If you want to, you could stop by sometime at SportRock and check it out.
The $30 registration fee also qualifies as a tax deductible donation and you will be helping the fight against Ovarian Cancer.
Last year my team raised $550 and this year, with a 5 weeks to go, we have raised almost $2000 and who knows what the total will be. I am hoping a lot more.
The links, in the first post above, have all of the information about this event and this is a great and inexpensive way to check out a new sport/activity.
Think about how strong your upper body and legs are going to get from climbing and how it is going to make you into a stronger skier, of course, YMMV... :-)
Please let me know if anybody has any questions and/or is interested.
PS. This event is sponsored nationally by REI, Black Diamond Equipment, Patagonia, The North Face and many other outdoor related companies.