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Tri-State Bouldering Series

 

The boulders in Quebec’s Val-David never cease to amaze me. I still haven’t had the chance to make a visit, but it’s on the agenda this spring.

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Tri-State Bouldering Series It’s the time of the season when the bouldering competitions get into action.  Competitors from all over the region vie to become a champion at one or more of the many comps produced in the northeast.  Every year many independently owned or franchise gyms hold some pretty badass bouldering comps that dole out thousands of dollars in cold hard cash and prizes.  All of the comps and comp series, for the most part, are held within their own franchise.  One particular series that is breaking this mold is the Tri-State Bouldering Series (TBS) presented by SCARPA and Organic Climbing.

 

The series stands out from the others since the TBS is a multi-gym collaboration held at three independently owned and operated gyms.  I was able to talk with the co-creator of this event, Paul Jung, to find out more about this unique comp series.  Paul and Kary Williams, the GM of the Cliffs, discussed holding a comp that was more interactive and involved with the regional climbing community in the northeast.  The essence of climbing in the northeast has always been community focused, which is why Paul and Kary wanted to bring the community together in a fun and exciTri-State Bouldering Series

The Cliffs LIC

The TBS consists of three qualifying comps in three different states in the northeast: The Brawl at the New Jersey Rock Gym in New Jersey; Power Struggle at Prime Climb in Connecticut; and Feats of Strength at The Cliffs at Valhalla in New York.  A finals comp held at The Cliffs at LIC in New York will crown the ultimate champion of the Tri-State Bouldering Series.  The winner in the open/pro category of the qualifying comps get an automatic bid to the ultimate finals comp held at The Cliffs LIC with the finalists competing for a $5,000 cash purse!  But that’s not where the awesomeness ends!

TheTri-State Bouldering Series citizens category also has a championship style aspect. Citizens can compete at any individual comp or as a series with a chance to win the overall TBS championship. To qualify, the competitor has to participate in at least 2 of the 3 qualifiers plus the TBS Championships at LIC for a chance to win the overall TBS championship title and grand prize: An annual membership to all 4 gyms!  Even the citizens competitors have a chance to win big like the pros!

 

If you’re in the northeast and you’re down for the comp scene, you have to check out this series!  Here’s the rundown on the comp schedule:

1st stop: The Brawl @ NJRG, NJ
November 21, 2015
http://www.njrockgym.com/

2nd stop: Power Struggle @ Prime Climb, CT
January 16, 2016
http://www.primeclimb.com/

3rd stop: Feats of Strength @ The Cliffs at Valhalla, NY
February 20, 2016
http://valhalla.thecliffsclimbing.com/

Finals: The Tri-State Bouldering Championships @ The Cliffs at LIC, NY.
March 11+12, 2016
http://lic.thecliffsclimbing.com/

 

Be sure to check out the details on the TBS website designed by Mike Kim www.tristatebouldering.com!

Tri-State Bouldering Series

Photos courtesy of the Cliffs.  Poster designed by Mike Kim.  A huge thanks to Paul Jung for providing Climberism with the comp details!

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Gordon working “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be” a 7a+

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”Normal is just an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”
-Charles Addams
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Knowledge Is Power

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This Week in Climbing

Spending June in the Red River Gorge sounded about as delightful as taking a Bikram’s Yoga class in a tick-infested swamp. Alas, I found myself in Kentucky for about 10 days this month on an actual climbing trip. Prior to leaving, I was dreading the heat, but I assuaged my apprehension by reasoning that, upon returning to Colorado/Rifle, conditions would feel relatively quite good.

I was surprised, if not shocked, to enjoy a series of downright comfortable climbing days in KY. Sweet!

Ironically, now that I’m back in Rifle (at over 7,000 feet elevation) I swear that it’s hotter here than it was in the ass-end of Red River Gorge. Oh, the irony. And unlike Kentucky’s sticky sandpaper stone, even the slightest amount of heat and humidity makes Rifle rock impossible—at least according to all the people who are sure they should be climbing much harder than they do (myself included).

Yet, the heat wave gripping the northern hemisphere of our planet (otherwise known as summer) hasn’t prevented some downright righteous ascents from going down. Here’s a look at what I loosely define to be “this week in climbing,” only meaning that it happened sometime recently.

 

Hypnotized Minds (V16) Gets First Mullet Ascent

The United States gets to host one or two relatively minor World Cup climbing events each year, with a bouldering comp always taking place each June in Vail, Colorado.

Invariably, many of the world’s strongest international comp climbers descend upon the Rocky Mountain State each summer to lay waste to the following three things, in this order: World Cup plastic; the hardest routes/problems outdoors; and the American climbing ego.

Achieving high marks in all three of these categories is the true measure of success for any visiting Euro. Mostly, these climbers really only give a shit about their competition results. But when the thing the care about most, standing atop the podium, doesn’t pan out, they’ll settle for second best: demolishing one of Colorado’s various soft routes/boulders on their way back to the airport.

In 2011, Ramón Julián Puigblanque came up short, so to speak, on a dyno in the sport-climbing World Cup in Boulder. So what did he do? Cry like a little bitch? Fuck no! He drove out to Rifle and onsighted The Crew (5.14c) without even wearing kneepads.

Last year, Adam Ondra found himself face down in the mat, kicking and screaming over his third-place finish at the World Cup in Vail. Such a piss-poor result seemed to light the fucking demonic hell-beast within, and he promptly drove out to Rocky Mountain National Park and flashed Jade (V14+).

This year, it was Russian boulderer and five-time World Cup champ Rustam Gelmanov’s turn to curb-stomp the American climbing ego after coming in fifth place at Vail.

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Rustam Gelmanov. Photo: Eddie Fowke / The Circuit Climbing Media

Wearing skinny jeans and sporting the raddest mullet I’ve ever seen, Rustam easily nabbed the second ascent of Hypnotized Minds (V16), a problem in Rocky Mountain National Park that was first climbed by Daniel Woods, rated V15 and retroactively upgraded by Woods himself after six years of watching others flail on it.

 

The uncut footage of Rustam’s ascent surfaced on Instagram and the dude makes the problem look like piss. On that count, he had this to say: “I received a lot of questions since the moment I climbed Hypnotized Minds in #‎rmnp. I will try to answer most popular ones. “Why does it look so easy?” – long time ago I’ve read in one book that master differs from the beginner that he does extremely hard moves with ease and without showing the effort. … And the main question “Difficult or not?” I have two answers: 1) I don’t have the right and the opportunity to judge the difficulty, I don’t have enough experience. This question is to @dawoods89 and to anyone who will climb it later. 2) This route was not extremely difficult for me. It fit me very well and it’s what I like. In reality I would not say how difficult it is.”  

 

Though he doesn’t explicitly downgrade Hypnotized Minds, by saying something is not very difficult for him, he is basically mullet-slapping it down a V-grade. So that makes this problem only V15, I guess? Dammit, Rusty!

The last 15 years have seen a rather slow progression in climbing, with sport grades moving up three notches, while bouldering grades have only progressed by one V grade. I wonder why? Could it be that everyone’s climbing game is now secondary to their social-media selfie game? Or are climbers just getting lazier and less motivated to put up first ascents? Or could it simply be that we’ve reached the limit of human potential on the rock, and now the only thing left to do is pretend to care about each and every infinitesimal creep forward of progression?

Only time will tell. Until then, I’ll be growing out my mullet and losing 60 pounds so I can try Hypnotized Minds, too. After all, it’s not extremely difficult.

 

Colin Haley’s Big Year Continues

Colin Haley has been having an awesome year, crushing the mountains from Patagonia to Alaska. In January, he took advantage of some incredible rare weather in Patagonia to have one of the most productive seasons ever recorded.

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This past month, Haley put the iconic Infinite Spur of Mt. Forager on lap status, climbing it twice in a week, including the route’s first solo and fastest time (12:29). The deal with the Infinite Spur is that it’s as long, scary, and committing as an arranged marriage to a psycho—Alaska’s ultimate test piece.

What’s interesting is that Haley, in this excellent blog, downplayed his achievement by noting that someone like Killian Jornet or Ueli Steck might have no problem shaving significant time off of Haley’s record.

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It goes back to that idea of progression. While the progression of difficulty in bouldering and sport climbing seems to be reaching a plateau of some sort, it seems that perhaps alpine climbers have an exciting rise ahead of them, if they can find objectives that challenge them on both the “adventure” and “sport” fronts.

Interestng stuff. And hats off to Mr. Haley for his most incredible year yet! Looking forward to seeing what you get up to next, dude.

 

SBC Sucks Her Way to the Top

In case you missed it … SBC attaches vacuum parts to her arms and scales a glass building for an LG ad.

 

Did this video make anyone else think of Dr. Octagon?

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Jared Leto: Climbing’s Biggest Fan Boy

I didn’t even know who Jared Leto was until people started telling me “Did you hear that Jared Leto was climbing with such-and-such pro climber?” Now, I see on his Instagram that this person, who is apparently some big Hollywood actor, has fallen hard for climbing and is steadily making his way through the ranks of climbing’s biggest names. The latest: Sharma.

 

The Monserrat trio 📸 @chris_sharma

A photo posted by JARED LETO (@jaredleto) on Jun 27, 2016 at 11:50am PDT

 

Quick Hits

Margo Hayes is the reigning queen of Rifle with her recent redpoint of The Crew (5.14c). This is likely the hardest redpoint of a U.S. sport climb ever completed by a woman. It’s right up there with Beth Rodden’s first ascent of Meltdown (5.14c), a trad climb. Among American female climbers, only Ashima has climbed a harder sport route, with her ascent of Open Your Mind Direct, 5.14d, in Spain. I asked Margo how The Crew compares to Pure Imagination, which was once rated 5.14d but consensus has it down to low-end 5.14c (if not 5.14b), and sure enough Margo said that The Crew felt “quite a bit harder than Pure Imagination (for me).” So, there it is.

 

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Margo Hayes on The Crew (5.14c). Photo: Jon Glassberg

 

 

Dave Graham lit up yet another V15 with Delirium at Mt Evans. Still an unstoppable force after all these years! So cool.
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Jon Cardwell repeated Realization after several years and multiple trips. Jon is one of the most stoked climbers I’ve ever met, and I was really happy to hear about this achievement. Well done, Jon!

 

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Cardwell on Biographie (5.15a), Ceuse. Photo: Keith Ladzinski

 

Adam Ondra established a new 5.15a in Flatanger: 120 Degrees.

And last, but certainly not least, congrats to the sweetest, friendliest veterinary doctor I know, Heather Weidner, for finishing off her long-term project China Doll (5.14a), sans bolts, making her either the fourth, or seventh, woman to redpoint a pitch of 5.14 trad, depending on how you translate weird-ass Brit grades.

 

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Heather Weidner skipping bolts on China Doll (5.14a), Boulder Canyon, CO. Photo: Jon Glassberg

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