Annual men's kink retreat in California

About GearUp

GearUp Weekend is an annual retreat where the next generation of kinky/kink-curious guys and leathermen can socialize with, learn from, and play with other men of all ages in a safe and friendly environment.  We also host regular events and play parties throughout the year.

Our goal is to provide education and community in the San Francisco Bay Area that welcomes all men, including trans men, of all levels of experience.

We use “Leathermen” to mean all kinks and fetishes! At GearUp Weekend you’ll find guys into all kinds of gear (such as leather, rubber, sports gear, uniforms, spandex, underwear) and all kinds of kinky activities – pup play, domination and submission, S&M, flogging, fisting, chastity, roleplay, and more.

For up-to-date information about events, check out the Latest News page or join our Facebook group.

Annual GearUp Weekend Retreat 2017

GearUp Weekend 2017 will be held July 20 – 23!

Registration will be open in January.  The specific date and other details will be announced on our News Page or Facebook Group.  Or sign up for our e-mail list to receive email announcements.

GearUp Play Parties 2017

We host play parties to bring folks together for good, kinky fun. Parties are targeted for any experience level, and can be a great way to meet other folks with similar interests!

  • January 21
  • March, 18
  • May 13
  • June 24: ‘Black is the New Pink’ pre-Pride party
  • Sept 16
  • November 11

We’ll send out specific updates on each event as they draw near. All parties will be held at Catalyst (1060 Folsom), unless otherwise specified.

About the Committee

GearUp events are organized and run by a committee of volunteers on a non-profit basis.  All committee meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.  For information on meetings just email us at

The 2017 committee directors are:

Rascal Pup, Committee Chairman,

Committee members include:

Tim B.
Dirk Burns
Stephen Charles, Founder,
Eric D.
Tim M.
Brue Pierce
Mick Sheppard
Mario Torrigino, Founder and Advisor
Justin W., Webmaster and Scholarship Coordinator,