CLIMB ALL SUMMER – JUST $155 – AVAILABLE THRU MAY 31

5/3/2015 | Uncategorized
Summer 3 Month Membership

Stay strong and climb hard all summer for just $155! This membership includes ALL normal member benefits and is available through May 31st!

Click here to purchase your 3 month membership online!

SUMMER JAM WITH THE GOONIES WAS AWESOME!!

2015 Summer Jam with The Goonies

Thanks everyone for coming! Photos coming soon…

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MEET DIANE NICKERSON

4/10/2015 | Staff News
Diane Nickerson

Hometown: Minneapolis, Colorado Springs
Hobbies: Bouldering, eating, reading, drinking chai
Music: Too many to list
Vacation: As in favorite? Well, my family’s from Jamaica, so going back there is always best. Any warm ocean is second best!
Movie: Period piece or Sci-fi. Or Jackie Chan.
Book: How about author? Jane Austen, Neal Stephenson, Anne Perry…
Quote: I don’t ever remember quotes.
Climbing since: 1996 (except for a year of nonstop whitewater kayaking)

Extremely stoked is the only way to describe having Diane back as a Coach at the Spot Gym! It is impossible for Diane’s passion for climbing and positivity not to impact every person she encounters. With years of coaching experience she knows how to keep things fun while staying super focused and progressive. She coaches by example and is always ready to put her climbing shoes on and figure out a problem with her students or jump into a hard workout to bring up the motivation. If you have seen Diane having a session or coaching at the Spot, we are sure you will agree 100%!

Here’s some more from Diane directly…

 

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
Because it is The Spot– I love this gym!

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?
I love the camaraderie of the Spot staff, as well as the community of experienced climbers. There is such a wealth of climbing and climbing-related knowledge to be mined here. And of course, coaching Spot teams is super fun!

Why do you climb?
Because I cannot not climb. I’ve tried. More than a few times! heheh..

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?
Stop reading and get back to bouldering!

TRAIN LIKE A NINJA – 3RD STAGE TRAINING EVERY WEDNESDAY IN MAY

Train like a Ninja Warrior!

IT WENT GREAT! STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT DATE!

3rd Stage Training with ninja warrior Brian Arnold
Every Wednesday in April at 7pm

Stage 3 has not yet been completed by anyone on American Ninja Warrior. But in 2013 Brian Arnold got further than anyone had before or has since. He’s now training with the Wolf Pack for Season 7, and Spot members can sample their 3rd Stage Training workout every Wednesday in April at 7pm.

Signup begins at the front desk at 6pm, there are 10 slots, and it’s FREE and exclusively for Spot members.

Brian Arnold

MEET AMY OSTROWSKI

4/1/2015 | New Stuff, Staff News
Amy Ostrowski

Hometown: Woodland Park, CO
Hobbies: Slacklining, Climbing, Drawing, Digital Painting
Music: Of Monsters and Men, Alt-J, Bonobo, Tycho… anything I can get lost in!
Vacation: Australia or New Zealand
Movie: The Back to the Future trilogy
Book: His Dark Materials Trilogy, the Harry Potter Series
Quote: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”
Climbing since: 2013

As the newest addition to our staff team, Amy has really jumped in with both feet. She began helping as a volunteer last year, promoting The Spot at the Boulder Farmer’s Market and on the CU Campus. She did such a great job that we hired her to run the program this year! So you’ll see Amy and her team of volunteers all over Boulder County this summer and fall. Make sure you stop and say “hi”!

Amy grew up in the mountains outside Woodland Park and while she’s new to climbing the outdoors has been a big part of her life. Lately she’s enjoyed scouting for fresh boulders near her home, with eyes on developing her own secret mini zone. So obviously she fits right into our community at The Spot!

Slacklining is Amy’s other great passion, and you’ll often find her walking that thin line in local parks. She’s also psyched on highlining, and hopes to push her limits on the line this summer.

We got her to answer a few questions for us…

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
Let me answer this question with a question: Who doesn’t want to mesh their greatest passions with what they do for a living?

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?
Hands down, the people. Every staff member is warm, friendly, and inviting and I’m so excited to get to know all of them better!

Why do you climb?
I feel that the philosophy behind climbing can be applied to everything in life: You’ll often fail but if you have the tenacity to keep trying you’ll eventually achieve things you never thought you could.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
I have yet to travel out of the country, so I hope to have visited many new places by five years from now and be back in my homeland of Colorado. I feel incredibly fortunate to have lived my whole life here and I think that will always bring me back!

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?
Encourage your friends to come climbing with you any chance you get. I remember being apprehensive about trying it for the first time but I don’t know what I’d do without it now. Climbing has really changed my life in a positive way and I think that everyone deserves a chance to experience it!

MEET HELEN SINCLAIR

1/15/2015 | New Stuff, Staff News
Helen Sinclair

Hometown: Auckland or Christchurch NZ
Hobbies: Baking and decorating cakes (see helensinclair.com/beta-cakes.html)
Music: Supports NZ music; Kora, Lord, Fat Freddys Drop
Vacation: Opito Bay in Coromandel NZ, family, sun, sand and surfing.
Movie: Valley Uprising
Book: Currently Alex and I are crazy about the Gimme Kraft book …..
Quote: “There’s no such thing as I can’t reach” or/and “Its not about having the ‘balls’ to do it, it’s about not having them!”
Climbing since: briefly in 1996-break-2004

Helen has been an invaluable member of our coaching team since she joined us at the beginning of our bouldering season. Not only is she passionate about helping people improve their own climbing, the is a pretty awe-inspiring climber who leads by example.

She’s an experienced comp climber who won a National Championship in her native New Zealand.

She’s climbed The Nose of El Cap in under 24 hours.

And she’s projecting the The Great Red Roof outside of Vegas (watch this video of her).

Helen brings amazing energy to her coaching work, with great balance between technique and fitness. She’s very driven to train, and you’ll often find her at The Spot working out upstairs or projecting problems on the floor. She also is an EMT and works Ski Patrol at Eldora. Check out her blog www.helensinclair.com.

We caught up with her and got her feelings on a few things:

Why did you join the team at The Spot?

I was introduced to the Spot (and Alex Stiger) about 5 years ago when I visited my then future husband in Boulder. It didn’t take long before I realized Boulder and Josh and The Spot were the perfect combination for me. I trained at The Spot and became part of the furniture, so it wasn’t long before I became integrated (or should I say infiltrated?) The Spot team as a Coach.

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?

When I was growing up my coach was one of my most important mentors. I feel that now after climbing for so many years it’s time to give something back to the sport. More than anything, our coaching team at The Spot is interested in the development of our athletes, we are all on the same page with that goal. When they win we win with them, when they fall we are there to help them up, we all have that same mentality – it’s about seeing our athletes be the absolute best they can be.

Why do you climb?

Because I love it and I can’t stop – even if I wanted to.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

Hmmmm… 5 years seems to go pretty fast as I get older, so I would imagine still in Boulder, and still training at The Spot, but there will have been a few trips along the way…

Anything else you’d like to tell folks?

Try your best at everything, even if its just warming up, or even resting, practice well, train hard, and performance will follow. If you are in need of a motivation injection come see me at The Spot – I have plenty to share.

 

SBSX DYNO MITE WAS SICK! PHOTOS & RESULTS POSTED

SBSX Dyno Mite on Sat Feb 7th

This was the last stop of SBSX … our high-flying Dyno Mite! Come test yourself on all-new comp problems and try to huck the huge monster dynes. Thanks or the  EVOL burritos, Avery beer, a pro finals sponsored by Kingdom & Pusher holds, and all the sponsors who made the enormous $5000+ raffle happen!

unofficial youth and adult results
photos on Facebook

SBSX Season PartnersSchedule

11:00 AM – Doors open for Youth
12:00 PM – Youth start
1:00 PM – Food served
3:00 PM – Youth end
3:00 PM – Youth raffle
4:00 PM – Doors open for Adults
5:00 PM – Adult start
6:30 PM – Food and Avery beer served
8:00 PM – Adult end
8:00 PM – Dyno comp
Finals to follow
Raffle to follow

Note: the gym will be closed to general climbing both the day of the event and the day prior. Members are able to climb for free those days at the Boulder Rock Club (thanks BRC friends!)

And a giant THANKS to our season partners below. Look them over, get to know them, and buy from them when you can. These businesses support what you do, so support them!

TOP PARTNERS
adidas OutdoorAveryEVOL FoodsHungryBuffsLaSportivaPepPodRabRevolution Skoop

PARTNERS
APEX MovementClif BarCrimp ChimpsEaston Training Center –  Max Muscle BoulderNite IzeOlmec ApparelRally Sport Health & FitnessSender FilmsSlackline Industries – Smith Optics – The Balm BombTrainingbeta.comYoga Pod

CLIMBING HOLDS PROVIDED BY
ElementENIXGroperzKilterKingdomPURPusherUrban Plastix

SBSX HIGHBALLS & HIGHLINES RESULTS + PHOTOS

SBSX Highballs & Highlines on Sat Dec 13th

SBSX Season PartnersUNOFFICIAL RESULTS FOR YOUTH & ADULTS
PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK

The next epic stop of SBSX is our famous Highlines & Highballs Comp. Come test yourself on all-new comp problems and watch awesome performers from Slackline Industries hang it out on the once-a-year highline between the Font and Hueco boulders while enjoying food from Hungry Buffs, Avery beer, a pro final, and our incredible $5000+ raffle.

COMPETITORS & SPECTATORS:
Competitors $30
Spectators $10 (no cost for youth comp spectators)
Raffle tickets $2 each or 3 for $5

Schedule
9:00 AM – Doors open for Youth
10:00 AM – Youth C/D start
12:00 PM – Youth Jr/A/B start
1:00 PM – Food served
1:00 PM – Youth C/D end
3:00 PM – Youth Jr/A/B end
3:00 PM – Youth raffle
4:00 PM – Doors open for Adults
5:00 PM – Adult start
6:30 PM – Food and Avery beer served
8:00 PM – Adult end
8:00 PM – Highline demo from Slackline Industries
9:00 PM – Finals
Raffle to follow

Note: the gym will be closed to general climbing both the day of the event and the day prior. Members are able to climb for free those days at the Boulder Rock Club (thanks BRC friends!)

And a giant THANKS to our season partners below. Look them over, get to know them, and buy from them when you can. These businesses support what you do, so support them!

TOP PARTNERS
adidas OutdoorAveryEVOL FoodsHungryBuffsLaSportivaPepPodRabRevolution Skoop

PARTNERS
APEX MovementClif BarCrimp ChimpsEaston Training Center –  Max Muscle BoulderNite IzeOlmec ApparelRally Sport Health & FitnessSender FilmsSlackline Industries – Smith Optics – The Balm BombTrainingbeta.comYoga Pod

CLIMBING HOLDS PROVIDED BY
ElementENIXGroperzKilterKingdomPURPusherUrban Plastix

MEET OUR NEW HEAD COACH ALEX STIGER

Alex Stiger

Alex began climbing at 16 in Texas, moved to Boulder at 20, and was an integral part of our staff here at The Spot for several years. After leaving to pursue a professional career outside of climbing, she realized that climbing and training are her main passion in life and recommitted herself to climbing not only as an activity but also as her career.

Alex brings years of training, fitness, and competitive experience to her new position. In addition to climbing competitively, she’s been a competitive chess player since the age of 14 and also practices and competes in dancing. She is an avid consumer of all the latest climbing and training literature and has designed our curriculum based on the knowledge she has gleaned from her studies and from fellow coaches and trainers. Alex is extremely excited to bring her knowledge to The Spot team to help climbers of all ages and abilities achieve their potential and have fun doing it.

Hometown: Killeen, Texas
Hobbies: Chess, Breakdancing
Music: Almost everything
Vacation: Anywhere I travel to for climbing, chess, or dancing. My favorite climbing destinations so far are The Red River Gorge, KY and Bishop, CA.
Movie: Spirited Away
Book: Chess Books
Quote: “To give the maximum effort at the precise moment it is needed. This is power.” – Fred Nicole
Climbing since: I first went climbing when I was 15 years old while on a chess cruise to Alaska, one of the “not chess day” options was the climbing wall.

Why did you join the team at The Spot?
When I decided to move to Boulder from Texas in 2009, my goal was to work at the Spot. The Spot has become my family away from home for the 3+ years I have been part of the team.

What do you love about working at The Spot so far?
Being immersed in climbing culture. The Spot represents Bouldering from the inside out.

Why do you climb?
Why I started to climb was because I thought it was a fun way to get super fit, achieve goals and make friends. I am still climbing because somewhere along the way I became a climber and can’t imagine ever doing anything else.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
5 years from now, I hope to still be Head Coach at the Spot, have climbed V10, 5.13+, and be a chess master.

SBSX PSYCHEDELIA RESULTS, PHOTOS & VIDEO POSTED!

SBSX Psychedelia on 10/25/14

SBSX Season PartnersUNOFFICIAL RESULTS FOR YOUTH & ADULTS
PHOTOS & VIDEO ON FACEBOOK

This glow-in-the-dark, blacklight event is well-known as one of the biggest and best indoor climbing events around! Hundreds of climbers dress up for our party/bouldering comp filled with wild decor and twisted problems with all manner of special features. We’ve done trampolines, rope swings, slides, hanging toxic waste barrels… who knows what we’ll come up with this year? With fire dancers, tape art from local artists, a huge raffle, beer, food, a legendary costume contest, and much more, this is not your traditional comp!

This year’s Psychedelia is presented by LaSportiva! We will be awarding the best dressed girl, boy, woman and man a FREE pair of LaSportiva shoes!

Still costume planning? Read these great tips and tricks for your Psychedelia costume by our head route setter Jackie Hueftle.

Check out media from past events:
Psychedelia 2013 photos
Psychedelia 2012 photos
Psychedelia 2011 photos and video
Psychedelia 2009 video
Psychedelia 2007 video
Psychedelia 2005 video

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS FOR YOUTH & ADULTS
PHOTOS & VIDEO ON FACEBOOK

Competitors $40
Spectators $20 (no cost for youth comp spectators)
Raffle tickets $2 each or 3 for $5

Schedule
9:00 AM – Doors open for Youth
10:00 AM – Youth C/D start
12:00 PM – Youth Jr/A/B start
1:00 PM – Food served
1:00 PM – Youth C/D end
3:00 PM – Youth Jr/A/B end
3:00 PM – Youth raffle
5:00 PM – Doors open for Adults
6:00 PM – Adult start
7:30 PM – Food and Avery beer served
9:00 PM – Adult end
9:00 PM – Costume contest
10:00 PM – Finals
Raffle to follow

Note for youth competitors & spectators: this event sells out and due to our capacity we are asking each youth competitor to only bring in one spectator each. In addition, we will not be able to admit you to the adult session of Psychedelia. However, we will have a costume contest, fire dancers and huge raffle for the youth session. And at 9:45pm youth competitors (not spectators) will be invited to watch the adult finals AS ABLE, IF SPACE ALLOWS. Thanks in advance for your understanding. If you want to guarantee entrance to the adult Psychedelia please purchase an additional adult spectator pass.

Note: the gym will be closed to general climbing both the day of the event and the two days prior. Members are able to climb for free those days at the Boulder Rock Club (thanks BRC friends!)

And a giant THANKS to our season partners below. Look them over, get to know them, and buy from them when you can. These businesses support what you do, so support them!

TOP PARTNERS
adidas OutdoorAveryEVOL FoodsHungryBuffsLaSportivaPepPodRabRevolution Skoop

PARTNERS
APEX MovementClif BarCrimp ChimpsEaston Training CenterMax Muscle BoulderNite IzeOlmec ApparelRally Sport Health & FitnessSender FilmsSlackline Industries – Smith Optics – The Balm BombTrainingbeta.comYoga Pod

CLIMBING HOLDS PROVIDED BY
ElementENIXGroperzKilterKingdomPURPusherUrban Plastix