The Crux

The Crux

Champlain Valley Climbing Center

REGISTRATION OPEN for the Spring Thaw - the 4th Annual Climbing Comp!


What's cooler than being cool? ICE COLD!

Have you ever thought about giving ice climbing a try but you didn't quite know where to start?  Start with US!  We're hosting two events and they have the same topic in common:  ICE.  So, check out our lecture on Tuesday, February 8th and learn about ice climbing in the Adirondacks, and then come back on Saturday February 8th to give it a try yourself! Visit our website to learn more and to reserve your spot.

Happy Climbing!





Let's MeetUp!

Did you know that The Crux has started an Indoor Climbing Group?  We've partnered with to get the word out there to people in the Adirondack Region and Champlain valley who are interested in climbing, and interested in meeting other people who are interested in climbing.  
Sound interesting?
"This is a group for anyone interested in trying indoor climbing or looking to improve their skills on the wall. This would be a great way to meet other climbers and stay active in the Adirondack and Lake Champlain area.
It can be har adirondack rock climbingd to find a belay partner on short notice- one of the goals for this group is for members to be able to see if anyone is getting out climbing."
If you'd like to learn more, visit our Meetup page to find out when our next Meetup event will be.
Sign up for our group, get social, and get climbing!  See you at The Crux!



Meet Taylor Smith, the new Climbing Manager of The Crux - Champlain Valley Climbing Center. A recent graduate from St. Lawrence University, Taylor was actively involved with the school's outing club and served as Vice President his senior year.  During that time, he also worked at the university's climbing center and served as a guide for the outdoor program.  He also has a long history of working with The Crux, through Pok-O-MacCready Camps.


Taylor has acted as the Climbing Specialist for Pok-O-MacCready Camps for two years, during which time he has introduced hundreds of summer campers to the art and joy of rockclimbing. In addition to establishing an excellent training program at our indoor climbing facility, he has also lead outdoor climbing trips in the Adirondacks for the summer camp.


Taylor has recently returned to the United States from India, where he completed an internship to compliment his degree in Environmental Studies. Over the course of several months abroad, he collected research data for a local NGO, working with local farmers to establish financial and logistical solutions for community agriculture ventures.


We're glad to welcome him back!  Not only will Taylor be managing The Crux during its public season, but he'll also be working with the Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center to further develop their climbing program.  Pok-O-MacCready campers will be excited to welcome him back to the summer camp staff again for the upcoming season, too!


What are you waiting for? 

Visit us at The Crux and get to know Taylor and the rest of our awesome staff!


Movember, Mo'Climbing!

Don't know what 'Movember' is?  Go to to find out about this unique charitable cause.


Have you heard all the buzz about 'Movember'?  It's a great global cause which helps raise awareness about men's health issues.  Help us celebrate "movember" and join us for GUYS NIGHT...November 19th...where MEN CLIMB for FREE!  If you need to rent climbing equipment, just flash us your 'mo, and we'll lend it to you free of charge!  We'll be collecting donations for the Movember Foundation...they work with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the LIVEStrong Foundation to fund research for men's health initiatives.  SUGGESTED DONATION:  $10 per person.  And remember:  Don't Mo' it alone!  Bring your friends! 


Want more information?  Here's some:

"Men’s health is an international effort designed to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues and research initiatives. In order to make a difference, we need your help. Many Movember ‘Mo-Bros’ pledge to grow a moustache for the month of November and by changing their appearance, they raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

We are asking you to help support this cause by making a donation. The size of the donation isn’t important, every little bit helps Movember continue its funding of world-class programs.


To highlight the importance of Movember, please take a look at these statistics:


• 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime

• This year 242,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed

• This year 8,290 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer


If you’d like to help change these statistics, please donate to the Movember cause by:

*Donating online at:

*Writing a check payable to ‘Movember’, referencing my Registration ID: 5952485 and mailing it to: Movember, PO Box 2726, Venice CA 90294-2726

For more details, take a look at the ‘Programs We Fund’ section on the Movember website:


Thank you in advance for supporting my efforts to change the face of men’s health.

The Crux Champlain Valley Climbing Center


Movember is a registered 501 (c)(3) charity, donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law."


adapted from the Moveber us website, 2012 (



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