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a.blair · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 65

Hey everyone,

I know this is a long shot but if anyone has some old, dirty, unused climbing holds lying around that would be willing to ship them I'd be eternally grateful. I have a bunch of young soldiers with a lot of downtime and currently deployed to the Middle East. I thought it would be cool to make them a small woodie and teach them how to climb but I don't have the holds (costs too much to buy them all myself). PM me for details. Thank you so much!

Tyler Newcomb · · Burlington · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 70

What's the cost of shipping like there?

Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,610

This sounds like a great cause, BUT:
1) It sounds like it could be something else. I doubt it, and hope not. If you could post a picture of your mates, where you are, something to show?
2)You might get a better response under a general heading and a new post. Something like "Deployed Service People in Want of Climbing Wall Holds".
3) Have you tried contacting a hold maker? I would think that there is someone out there in the industry who would be very happy to help.
Good luck!

a.blair · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 65

You can do a flat rate shipping box for about $13. No max for weight, just whatever fits into the box It will ship into the Army mail system (domestic pricing). If you follow the link below you can also get free boxes, supplies, and all the other necessary info to ship items.

https://www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-dpo.htm

a.blair · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 65
Muscrat wrote: This sounds like a great cause, BUT:
1) It sounds like it could be something else. I doubt it, and hope not. If you could post a picture of your mates, where you are, something to show?
2)You might get a better response under a general heading and a new post. Something like "Deployed Service People in Want of Climbing Wall Holds".
3) Have you tried contacting a hold maker? I would think that there is someone out there in the industry who would be very happy to help.
Good luck!

Thanks for the advice! Trying to keep operational security but we are the 10th Field Hospital currently in Iraq. Our unit is stationed out of Fort Caron, Colorado.

I have not tried contacting a hold maker but definitely will. Thanks
Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,610

I would bet that there are a LOT of people out here that would donate a buck or 5 to a go-fund me, which is totally fine to post here.
I would:
1) Set up a go-fund me account
2) Post it here, and maybe other (super-topo) sites
3) Contact hold makers, see if they could sell you holds at cost if not donate.
4) This is great, keep it going.

Will s · · Alexandria, VA · Joined May 2017 · Points: 0

I’ve been to a couple climbing gyms selling old holds dirt cheap.  You may consider reaching out to some of the bigger companies with multiple locations?  

Heres an article listing some of the big/expanding brands you could use as a starting point: http://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/gyms-and-trends-of-2017/

Good luck!

Andy W · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 31

I have a box full of holds I would be happy to donate if perhaps one or two others would be willing to donate the shipping. PM me if anyone wants to work something out together.

Andrew Hurst · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 20

Broke college kid, but Ted because this is cool.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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