Annual Men's Kink Retreat in California

About GearUp

GearUp is a primarily San Francisco Bay Area based group of gay male kinksters and fetish enthusiasts centered around our annual retreat, GearUp Weekend. GearUp Weekend is an retreat that happens annually in Saratoga Springs California 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 – domination and submission, fisting, pup play, watersports, chastity, roleplay, and more.

Find us on Facebook

For up-to-date information about events, keep reading or join our Facebook Group. You will need to answer a few basic questions to join. We generally approve new members within a day or so.

GearUp Weekend Retreat 2020

The GearUp Weekend committee, with great sadness, is announcing that GearUp Weekend 2020, which was set for July 9-12, is canceled because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

This is bad news not just for us and our registrants but also for Saratoga Springs Retreat Center. But it is extremely improbable that, by early July, efforts to contain the disease will have progressed enough to allow 150 people to safely attend an event without social distancing. Even if, by some also unlikely chance, local and state authorities would allow it, the committee is not comfortable with hosting it. As important as this gathering is to us and many others, our concern for the health of our community is greater. We prefer to take steps now to help protect the community so that we can prosper again in the future.

Regarding the future, some good news: GearUp and Saratoga Springs have already confirmed our contract to hold GearUp Weekend 2021, on July 8-11 next year.

If you are currently registered for GearUp 2020, please check your e-mail for information about your options.

Though we are very disappointed that we can’t celebrate with you this year, we look forward to the next event and hope you can join us.

GearUp Play Parties 2020

We host play parties to bring kinky men together in a safe and judgment-free atmosphere. Parties are targeted for any experience level and can be a great way to meet others with similar interests!

  • Saturday, May 9 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

We’ll send out specific updates on each event as they draw near, including hours, location, price, volunteer link, and themes. All parties for 2020 are held at Catalyst SF, located at 1060 Folsom Street. Admission is $20 cash only, $10 with Military/Student ID, $10 for first timers, and FREE for volunteers. Join our email list if you’d like to volunteer so you can get the link to signup a few weeks before the party. If you are applying for a scholarship to the July retreat, you will need to complete 2 volunteer shifts at our parties. Previous training is required to sign up for DM shifts.

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