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It’s nearly impossible to adequately discuss Jim Karn’s career—and his legendary status within the climbing industry at-large—without referencing the current American scene. Nowadays, Nathaniel Coleman is a superstar, in large part because of the four times he won the national bouldering championships. Prior to Coleman’s competition ascendancy, Daniel Woods ruled the men’s division with consistent championships wins as well....
The is a story about the Khumbu Climbing Centre (KCC), located at 3,950 m altitude in the village of Phortse in the Napalese part of the Himalayas. KCC was founded by Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (ALCF), with the mission to teach all Nepali climbers technical climbing skills, mountain safety, rescue, and wilderness first aid―all of which are vital to...
Just a few thoughts It’s a special thing when new life is found for old things, and especially when there’s a sustainability purpose. Worn shoes can often be resoled, grimy holds cleaned and rented or sold, and retired ropes turned into works of art. Even when it’s hard to see, little things do add up. What around you can be recycled? Insider Stuff Mental Health Awareness...
According to The Pad, a tragic shooting took place on Monday involving a former employee of the gym. “In the early hours of Monday morning, our business, The Pad Climbing, was broken into and items were taken. It was later discovered that the main suspect was a former employee, Eddie Giron. Monday afternoon, upon being served a warrant by...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
This backyard homewall may look simple, but owner Jordan Graves took his time to plan and build his perfect backyard wall. It lives in Batavia, IL, and gets action twice a week so long as temps are above freezing.  Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? After a lengthy planning period, the...
Editor's note: the following was sent from the business below and posted verbatim without edit or fact-check. We are excited to announce 2021’s winners of the USA Climbing Collegiate Ambassador Scholarship! First Place: Alexandra Kiefus - Tufts University For Alexandra, climbing provides stress relief and a form of self-care while in college, but more than that, it also provides a community. The community...
Behind the Desk…is an ongoing series that profiles people influencing and advancing the climbing industry across the country. When we heard that there was an artist, Elliot Lacroix, who was working with climbing gyms (and climbers) to turn their old, used ropes into stunning pieces of art…well, we had to learn more. But we soon found that there is...
Stone Co. Climbing College Station, Texas Specs: 12,000-square-foot bouldering-focused gym has a target opening date of this summer. The facility will also offer yoga and assorted fitness equipment, as well as a Tension Board, a campus board, and several hangboards. The gym was ultimately the result of eventual co-owner/COO Stewart Slack and eventual co-owner/CEO John Pritchard meeting at a church in Dallas....
Just a few thoughts Remember when “fun” was in our vocabulary? After the past months, we're in need of some. Maybe spice up your gym’s Climb of the Week videos, organize a watch party for the SLC World Cups in two weeks (even if it’s virtual), buy some jazzy new holds for your walls, or start your own Climb with the Setter days. There are endless ways to add some...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
This homewall in Morrow, OH, keeps growing. Owner Rick Cmar built it after Covid hit, and he hasn't stopped building, another angle planned soon. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? Yes, it was a covid baby, so a little under a year old. How long did it take you to build and...