Jamie Finlayson has just made the (probable) 4th ascent of I Shot the Sheriff (v13), in a snow storm, on his way to work. If that’s not impressive I don’t know what is! Originally climbed by Jimmy Webb and located in the North Walls, I Shot the Sheriff features some huge moves on dismal slopers. Check out this video of Cole Bradburn making the second ascent earlier this year.
Whew! Sending has returned to the forest as December grants one of those unicorn days in the forest where everything is dry and sticky! With a small crew out today, Mike Foley took down Shelter (v13) this afternoon while Nathan Hall put Lucky Sharms (v11) to bed. Looks like the good conditions will only last till tomorrow! Special thanks to Jamie Finlayson (who also made personal progress on I Shot the Sheriff today1) for the photos.
As the sport of climbing grows, both responsive technologies and thinner rubbers have influenced the technical design of the modern climbing shoe. As these technologies evolve, shoes are becoming much more refined, moving from the traditional full foot last to multiple connected lasts that work together to create a symmetry of precision. With the re-design of the Evolv Shaman, the designers at Evolv have taken a big step forward in the ever changing climate of the modern climbing shoe. The Evolv Shaman is a technical, downturned climbing shoe that really shines on overhanging terrain and technical heel hooking. It’s natural downturned shape combined with its padded tongue makes it one of the most comfortable climbing shoes we have ever reviewed.
The variety of rock in the Grampians is incredible and makes for really varied climbing throughout the areas. This video shows some of the most unique rock from the waves and swirls of Kindergarten to the ‘spider web’ quartzite veins on The Outsider.
This weekend, the Hive North Shore played host to the their 2016 CEC National Series Bouldering competition, highlighting their spectacular world class venue for events such as these. Going into finals, both the Men’s and Women’s side of the competition looked stacked, with each competitor needing to put on a top performance to end up on the podium.
This weekend, the Hive North Shore, will play host to their first bouldering competition of the year. Double-billed by both Climbing Escalade Canada and Tour De Bloc, this National Series Competitions will count towards national points and not provincial points. Finals for this event will start at 7pm on Saturday Dec. 3rd, 2016 and is open to all spectators. With the talent pool coming out of the woodworks, this event will no doubt be off the hook!
This weekend, the Hive North Shore will play host to a double billed bouldering competition that is a part of both the Climbing Escalade Canada National Series as well as the Canadian Tour De Bloc. The talent for climbing competition in Canada is getting stronger and stronger and this year’s event should be a shaker of a contest.
Coming off three wins this season, Richmond-based climber Kin Wah Lai has propelled himself into the spotlight on top of the podium after two successful seasons competing in British Columbia. This year, Kin has made substantial improvements in his climbing by focusing on his weaknesses while gaining advice from professional climbers as he competed internationally during two stops of the IFSC World Cup. We thought it would be great to catch up with him and see what he had to say.
For those who spend a certain amount of time on the road, you may have once crossed paths with Phillip Schaal. I met him briefly during my time in Rocky Mountain National Park. Here is a portrait by the folks at Brooklyn Boulders.
The Boulder House in Victoria, Bc played host to it’s first ever Tour De Bloc yesterday, featuring many of our strong athletes from BC. Kin Wah Lai took first place for the third time this season with wins at the last two SCBC competitions. The BC competition season is stacked right now! Here are the final results.
1. LAI, Kin Wah 4 T 7 / 4 B 7
2. JOHNSON, Gavin 3 T 8 / 4 B 12
3. STEWART-PATTERSON, Robert 2 T 3 / 2 B 2
4. DOYLE, Aidan 2 T 7 / 3 B 8
5. HOY, Ryder 2 T 11 / 4 B 13
6. FUNK, Andrew 1 T 8 / 3 B 10
1. HROZOVA, Lucie 4 T 8 / 4 B 4 1,811
2. STEWART-PATTERSON, Alison 0 T 0 / 4 B 6 1,626
3. MILLER, Delaney 0 T 0 / 4 B 9 1,807
4. BEREZOWSKI, Amanda 0 T 0 / 4 B 14 1,706
5. WAGSTAFF, Claire 0 T 0 / 3 B 5 1,566
6. FRANGOS, Becca 0 T 0 / 2 B 3
This weekend, among three competitions that took place across Canada, Grip It Climbing Centre in Saskatoon played host to their annual Tour de Bloc. The competition was fierce but here are the results.
1. SETHNA, Eric 4 T 8 / 4 B 6
2. EVELEIGH, Scott 2 T 2 / 3 B 3
3. MACMILLAN, Robin 2 T 6 / 4 B 10
4. DERKSEN, Mark 1 T 1 / 2 B 3
5. GUMPAC, Guian 1 T 2 / 3 B 5
6. DEAR, Mitch 1 T 4 / 3 B 6
1. GOLDHOFF, Julia 4 T 4 / 4 B 4
2. THOMPSON, Eva 4 T 5 / 4 B 4
3. WEBER, Alyssa 3 T 3 / 3 B 3
4. KENNEDY, Regan 2 T 6 / 4 B 11
5. LI, Samantha 2 T 8 / 3 B 9
6. DICK, Annalisa 0 T 0 / 1 B 10
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