Grotto Climbing & Yoga
"Opened January 2015, Grotto Climbing & Yoga is San Diego’s newest indoor climbing and yoga facility. With a fundamental commitment to community inclusion and active living, Grotto seeks to inspire all levels of climbers and fitness enthusiasts to thrive in a modern and unique environment. Climbing and yoga reinforce a mind-body connection through similar types of movement. The integration of both practices promotes balance, increases core strength, calms the mind and stretches the body for greater range of movement and flow."
-Grotto Climbing & Yoga
For my internship i will be working at the Grotto Climbing & Yoga. I will be learning how to manage finances and teaching and helping people with boulder problems around the gym. In addition to this i will be interning for a non-profit by the name of Blue-Dot education. Blue-Dot is an adventure science organization that focuses on teaching science in the real world. Since it is a new company i will be helping them with their astronomy and rocketry departments. I will also be designing and fabricating an essential oil extractor via carbon dioxide for the use of Blue-Dot Education.
For the past four weeks i have had several projects. My first project was organizing a rock climbing competition and acquiring sponsors for the event. Through the process of emailing various companies and speaking with them on the phone i have improved my communication skills and have gotten practice writing professional emails. After lots of hard work and working overtime we made the competition come together with a great success.
Another one of my projects was constructing rock climbing volumes. Volumes are 3 dimensional plywood structures that add extra features to the climbing wall. My favorite part of climbing is crack climbing, unfortunately bouldering gyms, like Grotto do not have crack climbs. This flaw inspired me to create a volume with a handrack. By creating this volume i used lots of geometry and improved my woodworking skills.