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In Florida we have no natural rock to climb. You have to travel at least four to five hours to get to natural rock that can be climbed.

So we rely heavily on rock gyms to be able to climb regularly. I live in Gainesville, FL, which is a small town built on top of limestone that has a river flowing beneath it.

Because of the unusual nature of our ground, foundations of building often begin to drop/crack/become generally unstable.

This has happened to our rock gym. The nearest place to climb without our gym (and not driving out of state to find real rock) is a rock gym that is 2 1/2 hours away. So for most of us, the closing of our gym means no climbing to be had at all.

So the gym has started a GoFundMe campaign to try to help raise money to fix the foundation of the building so that we can all go back to climbing.

This is the site, https://www.gofundme.com/zjfvbw64. If you would like to help us, please do! We appreciate it very much.

We're small, but we also have one of the few USA Climbing sanctioned bouldering competitions to be had in the Southeast - Boulderpalooza! We have a youth team that is very active, and a lively climbing community.

Thank you!
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Climber and BASE jumper Toby Benham (who some may know of for his legendary exploits on grit in the 2000s, and who has in the last few years been doing BASE jumping and stunt work as "Lucky Chance") has been in a horrific BASE jumping accident in the French Alps.

He's currently in a medically-induced coma with very bad head injuries. His folks have put up a Facebook page to update people about his progress.

I'm linking here because they're also fundraising to cover what will be enormous medical bills, however things go.
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Via UKclimbing.com:

Beth Monks is a former member of the British climbing team. She's 19, and in May 2009 she was in a car accident which left her tetraplegic (quadriplegic if you're an American).

Her Alpkit blog reports that she's now thinking of getting into quadriplegic rugby (a.k.a. "murderball"), not to mention trying gliding and sailing: "I also want to try handcycling, skiing and kayaking."

Some of her friends are cycling from one end of the country to the other to raise money for a Boma off-road wheelchair which can handle rough terrain, snow, etc. so she can get back into the outdoors again; you can donate there or sponsor them via their Facebook page.


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