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A climbing wall with over 400 sq.ft. of climbing terrain built by 4 Bay Area climbers who want to bring bouldering to Burning Man.
A climbing wall with over 400 sq.ft. of climbing terrain built by 4 Bay Area climbers who want to bring bouldering to Burning Man.
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76 backers pledged $7,405 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi! Thanks for stopping by our Kickstarter page. We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing our passion with us to the Playa this year: climbing! We’ve already broken ground, and we need just a little help from you to finish this project up.

At some point in our evolutionary past, we climbed down from the trees and started using bipedal locomotion almost exclusively. We at Camp UP feel that this was a mistake. Fortunately, we still have 99% of those monkey genes in our bodies, and therefore we invite all you Burners out there to join the ranks of the upwardly mobile, at Camp UP’s handbuilt climbing wall!

While there are many objects to climb on the Playa, last year there were no structures that were specifically designed to be challenging to climb. Nor were there any structures where falling was planned for. Our climbing wall will be both, and this will allow every climber from beginner to expert to push their limits. Even if you’ve never climbed before and can’t do a pull-up, we can promise that you’ll find success, and with it, a whole new way of moving. Or perhaps you’re like us, climbers who, after three days of flat terrain, are just jonesing for something to pull down on. Or maybe you just want to see a few human bodies doing difficult things in vertical space. No matter. We still need your help!

We will use the money we collect to pay for the materials needed (about $2000), safety (about $1250), and the various expenses associated with storing, transporting (i.e. renting a big truck), and illuminating the wall. We have set aside a portion of our budget for decoration, and the more money we collect, the cooler we can make it look!

You can learn more about the project and follow along on our website at http://campup.org/

See you on the Playa!

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Get a Camp UP sticker to put wherever you like to put stickers. You will also get hugs, handshakes, heartfelt thanks, and the satisfaction of having helped build the best climbing structure on the Playa!

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    Get the above, plus a set of dog tags with the UP logo printed on them. Nothing more badass than climbing while wearing dogtags, innit?

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    Because everyone loves getting mail and nobody sends it anymore, you get: The above, plus a personal postcard from us, the Uppers. Signed by us and delivered by the USPS.

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    The above, plus a Polaroid photo of YOU climbing! Watch it develop before your very eyes and shake it if you like. It's a great way to reminisce.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    For a Benjamin, we'll hook you up with all of the above, plus a fashionable and playa-practical exclusive Camp UP bandanna. Seriously, you can never have too many of those things.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Get the above, and an awesome T shirt designed by Camp UP! It's basically the coolest item of clothing you could possibly own, and we're the only folks you can get them from.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Get the above, plus a souvenir hold from the wall! Once you've clambered all over our structure and we take it all down and bring it home, we'll reserve one of the holds for you and send it your way.

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    Get everything listed above (pretty sweet already!), and a 45 minute massage from Camp UP member and Certified Massage Practitioner Spenser. Come by Camp UP, get your climb on, then let Spenser relieve the tension and knots and get you ready for more playa fun!

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Funding period

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