Greetings from the Mount Washington Valley Climbers’ Cooperative (the Co-op)

Hasn’t summer just flown by? Jeezum crow, bud, i’m telling you…

If you are a recipient of this email, you were one of more than 140 folks that filled out our online survey and ticked the ‘contact me’ box, or you signed up at one of our events and supplied us with your email contact. In any case, It has probably been a good while since you last heard much from us, but never fear that we are keeping at it and great things are in the works.

The pace of progress for the Coop project has been slow, but steady, ever moving toward our goal of creating a community owned and operated indoor climbing and training space. A lot of the development of the Coop thus far has been unseen, quiet, with all the sex appeal of drafting by-law documents, hashing out business plans and forecasting budgets.

Yet, alongside the dreary technicalities of putting together a cooperative organization, we have had some fun and notable events, with much more on the horizon:

On the 17th of May 2018 we became officially incorporated in the state of New Hampshire as a Consumer Cooperative! With many thanks to the legal services of Tyler Ray we surmounted the piles of paperwork required and topped out on the venerable peak of corporate entity-ship. Our designation as a business entity makes everything else possible and was an exciting time.

Owing to finally becoming a real Cooperative, in the eyes of NH, we were able to set up a bank account. Though meager in its available funds right now, this was an essential part of our process - well, I guess it became essential after no one was willing to put all of their Coop money in this author’s personal account, there is just no reasoning with some people...

In conjunction with International Mountain Equipment, a leading supporter of the Coop, we arranged for local rock-climbing protagonist Sam Bendroth to put on a show on june 22nd. Sam put on a great presentation, chronicling his “Sweet 2016”, many laughs were had and the heckling was top notch. Tuckerman’s brewing supplied refreshments and the benefits of the event went to our start up fund - almost $500 was found in the donations jar after all was said and done.

Fryeburg Academy hosted the MountainFilm (previously Telluride Mtn Film Fest) Festival at their fabulous Performing Arts Center. An afternoon of drinking fine beverages over at Saco River Brewing warmed up the crowd for a great evening of adventure films. The Coop was on site, doling out info, stoke and our new stickers to festival goers.

We are looking forward to autumn; Who doesn’t love the fall? Colored leaves, sending temps, the sweet promise of having an indoor climbing space for the upcoming inclement weather - we hope! With your help we can make it happen!

So stay tuned, y’all! Keep in touch with our Facebook page, website or reach out to us via our email address.

Your Coop.

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A fantastic building has been offered for us to build out our dream bouldering/training space, but we have to pull together around $50k to build it out and run it for the first year. It is a big number, we are looking for pledges, loans and will eventually be selling pre-sale memberships to take bites out of it and will be working hard to make this all happen ASAP.



Our Website is Live!, is now live! It has all that we are about, along with some stellar climbing pics and a big ‘donate’ button, where folks can electronically flip a few sheckles toward our cause. However glorious our website may be, our Facebook page will probably continue to be more active, for those who need regular pulses of information, along with memes and GIFs and the like.

Get your Coopies! 

The Coop cookie drive is on, right now! Our bake sale boxes are posted up at International Mountain Equipment and Ragged Mountain, containing Coop flyers, a donation box and of course cookies! Our ‘Coopies’ are delicious, volunteer baked and packed full of fundraising goodness, ready for you to pick up and take on your way to the crag!

Legendary American climber Fred Beckey is profiled in the feature length film ‘Dirtbag’. A special screening will be happening on September 1st from 7pm at IME. The Coop will be on hand, slinging cookies, chatting Coop news and watching the film. Hope to see you there!

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