Attention all VE Monthly EFT Members, Climb Team & Club members. Due to our extended closure and new Stay at Home order we will not be doing the April 5th monthly EFT deduction from you account. No monthly EFT deductions will be done until our facilities re-open.
Vertical Endeavors Climbing Community,
In response to the ever-changing and increasingly alarming coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the United States and the world, Vertical Endeavors climbing gym is closing all of its facilities beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and tentatively through Sunday, March 29, 2020. It is a difficult decision because we wanted to remain open and be available to our members and customers. We had hoped that following all the CDC protocols and taking the necessary precautions would allow us to continue serving those who wished to climb and/or work-out during these stressful times. Our desire was to continue to be a place where you could workout, relieve some stress, and continue a routine that is both physically and mentally helpful.
One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Although the attribution is questionable, the quote is nevertheless true. “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” At this historic time of uncertainty in our society over the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19), fear has certainly been prevalent. But we want to make decisions on the very real concerns that we are facing. There are still a lot of unknowns and people are responding in a variety of ways. Another good quote is found in Evan Currie’s The Heart of Matter, “the difference between courage and stupidity is measured by success and survival.”
We are being asked to respond to the uncertainty and the unknown with what we are told is little margin for error. The line between overcoming our fears and making courageous decisions seems very thin. As a company whose objective is to provide great customer service through our climbing gyms and fitness programs, we are trying to walk that line by making decisions that will be best for our customers, our members, our staff, our community, and our future.
Our management team and staff are committed to continued efforts in providing a great and healthy place to climb, workout, and have fun in the future. For now, however, we are taking the following steps:
As valued members of our community, you have our support and encouragement during this difficult time. We value your support as we navigate these uncharted paths. Please watch our social media and our website for further announcements and information. We hope to stay connected with you and will be utilizing those avenues to keep you informed.
Thank you for your friendship. Stay safe and healthy!
Dr. Tracy Paino
Dear Valued Customers,
Because of the concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Vertical Endeavors is taking extra steps to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria in an attempt to keep our customers and members safe and healthy. WE are increasing the cleaning and sanitation of all spaces such as door handles, railings, fitness equipment, and the front desk surfaces throughout the day. Our staff will use disinfectant spray that kills viruses, bacteria, and more. Please help us by wiping down the exercise equipment before and after you use it with disinfectant spray and wipes that are placed nearby.
By nature, climbers and the climbing industry acknowledge and assume the various risks that exist. One of the basic facts about climbing is that “climbing is inherently dangerous.” Regarding the current concern over the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is also reasonable to say, “climbing gyms cannot be fully sanitized." The nature of climbing—grabbing holds and handling ropes that others have also touched—accentuates the risk of transmission. It is reasonable to admit that climbing walls, like any public spaces, will always carry these risks.
Therefore, we are also asking everyone to wash their hands immediately when they enter the facility, before climbing, and before using any exercise equipment. Customers should also consider additional washing at various times throughout their workout and at the conclusion of their time in the gym. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth at any time. When washing your hands please use soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
Additionally, everyone should practice good sneezing and coughing etiquette. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you are sick, feel ill or, have any symptoms that are associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19), please stay home. The government is asking people to call their doctor if they find symptoms instead of going into the emergency room.
There will be signage around the facility reminding everyone to . . .
Vertical Endeavors cleans and maintains each of our facilities with the customer in mind. Help us keep everyone safe and healthy by adhering to these new policies and by washing your hands immediately upon entering the facility!!
We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our approach as necessary. The climbing community is a beautiful tapestry of people and personalities across a wide spectrum of life. This variety makes it a wonderful group with which to be associated. When we come together to help one another it is fantastic. Stay safe and stay healthy!
Dr. Tracy Paino