Angle of the Dangle 

Get a grip at GAO's beginner rock-climbing clinic

SUN 6/26

Do you ever look at footage of rock climbers dangling from the face of El Capitan and wonder if you have the right stuff to do it yourself? Don't worry, you do. This Sunday (9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) at Berkeley's Remillard Park high on the ridgeline, Girls Adventure Out is offering Beginner Climbing I, an introductory climbing course for men and women. The four-hour clinic is designed for those who have climbed in an indoor gym and now want to move it outdoors, but no experience is necessary to take part. Expert instructors will acquaint climbers with their equipment, then cover climbing safety, knots, climbing commands, basic top-roping techniques, the climbing rating system, and environmental awareness, with plenty of hands-on-rock climbing. Claims GAO: "We provide a nonthreatening environment for the beginner rock climber." All the necessary gear -- harness, climbing shoes, belay devices, carabiners -- is included in the $85 fee. To sign up, or to view GAO's schedule, visit -- Kelly Vance

SUN 6/26

Lake Laps


For even the most casual runner, a 5K jaunt around Oakland's Lake Merritt is literally a stroll in the park, especially on a mild (we hope) late-June morning. And when the run benefits Girls on the Run San Francisco in its efforts to bring health services and youth programs to families in the East Bay, so much the better. That's why this Sunday's Run/Walk for Health, cosponsored by the Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders, should be fun. Divided into 5K (walk/run), 10K, and 15K slots, the races start at 9 a.m. after 8:15 registration. Race-day entry fee is $25. Meet at the Old Boat House, 1520 Lakeside Dr. -- Kelly Vance


Regatta Extravaganza

It used to be called the Sailors' Ball, and was merely a social event in a San Francisco hotel. But now the annual Sailors' Bash takes the form of a weekend regatta, this Saturday and Sunday on the bay. The event is sponsored by the Treasure Island Sailing Center, with race courses at Clipper Cove, Emeryville Flats, and Berkeley Circle -- plus the Bash afterwards at the center (it starts at 5:30 p.m., $45). Each course will have its own expert race committees. But even if you don't have a sailboat, the sight of massed sails off Treasure Island in the sunshine is a thrill. Register at for the regatta. All proceeds will fund TISC's community sailing outreach programs for youths and adaptive sailors. For more info, call 415-421-2225. -- Kelly Vance


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