Spenser “Captain Oz” Tang-Smith (that’s me!) turned 27 this weekend, and between watching silk aerialists (Nour and friends), eating too many oysters, climbing on the beach, visiting the ER to get Foreman McDrinky stitched up (nothing major, don’t worry), and procuring MC Hammer bobblehead dolls from the Oakland Coliseum, I had one of the best, most eclectic birthdays in history.

Better yet, I had a lot of great presents in the form of gifts to the Camp UP climbing wall! See the image below? Yup, that’s right, we’re 94% funded as of this writing, with 69 hours left in our campaign! I think I speak for all of us when I say that we are honestly shocked at the generosity of our friends, family, and the climbing community in helping us reach our goal. A year-long dream is coming true, and we couldn’t ask for anything more.

And best yet: Camp UP now has a home! While your recondite family of 55,000 people inhabits Black Rock City, your favorite Camp UPpers will be at the 4:30 plaza, at 4:30 and G street! A big thank you to the rather busy team of placers, who dealt with a record number of theme camps this year. We can’t wait to find out who our neighbors are, but anyway, now you know where we’ll be! Click here for a map…

In Construction News…

We got it up. It wasn’t easy. There was once a time where we could use just our imaginations, and there it would stand, in all its glory. Then we were able to use our hands. But it’s gotten to the point where it took a forklift and some people on ladders to get the woodie up. Damn this thing is heavy.

Yup. The vertical sections are up at NIMBY! This thing is tall. We’re hoping to frame the rest of the missing sections (two of them), then slide them in and put the whole wall together by the end of the week! If we can get most of the wall up and running by the time the Flaming Lotus Girls have their fundraiser at NIMBY on July 30th, it will be a great way to showcase our creation and get people hyped up about climbing on the Playa.

We are also beginning to get the decoration process rolling. A fellow climber named Fiamma had gotten in touch with us early on about helping to design and paint a large mural on the piece, and there will be a meeting later on this week. It’s almost up, and now it needs to be pretty.

More updates and some photos to come soon…

 

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